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Hosea 7 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Israel’s Love for Wickedness
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 7:1 - “I want to heal Israel,[fn] but its sins are too great.
Samaria is filled with liars.
Thieves are on the inside
and bandits on the outside!
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 7:2 - Its people don’t realize
that I am watching them.
Their sinful deeds are all around them,
and I see them all.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 7:3 - “The people entertain the king with their wickedness,
and the princes laugh at their lies.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 7:4 - They are all adulterers,
always aflame with lust.
They are like an oven that is kept hot
while the baker is kneading the dough.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 7:5 - On royal holidays, the princes get drunk with wine,
carousing with those who mock them.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 7:6 - Their hearts are like an oven
blazing with intrigue.
Their plot smolders[fn] through the night,
and in the morning it breaks out like a raging fire.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 7:7 - Burning like an oven,
they consume their leaders.
They kill their kings one after another,
and no one cries to me for help.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 7:8 - “The people of Israel mingle with godless foreigners,
making themselves as worthless as a half-baked cake!
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 7:9 - Worshiping foreign gods has sapped their strength,
but they don’t even know it.
Their hair is gray,
but they don’t realize they’re old and weak.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 7:10 - Their arrogance testifies against them,
yet they don’t return to the LORD their God
or even try to find him.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 7:11 - “The people of Israel have become like silly, witless doves,
first calling to Egypt, then flying to Assyria for help.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 7:12 - But as they fly about,
I will throw my net over them
and bring them down like a bird from the sky.
I will punish them for all the evil they do.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 7:13 - “What sorrow awaits those who have deserted me!
Let them die, for they have rebelled against me.
I wanted to redeem them,
but they have told lies about me.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 7:14 - They do not cry out to me with sincere hearts.
Instead, they sit on their couches and wail.
They cut themselves,[fn] begging foreign gods for grain and new wine,
and they turn away from me.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 7:15 - I trained them and made them strong,
yet now they plot evil against me.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 7:16 - They look everywhere except to the Most High.
They are as useless as a crooked bow.
Their leaders will be killed by their enemies
because of their insolence toward me.
Then the people of Egypt
will laugh at them.
NLT Footnotes
Hebrew Ephraim, referring to the northern kingdom of Israel; also in 7:8, 11.
Hebrew Their baker sleeps.
Hebrew I will punish them because of what was reported against them in the assembly.
As in Greek version; Hebrew reads They gather together.

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