Hosea - Chapter 7 | New King James Version

  • 1. "When I would have healed Israel, Then the iniquity of Ephraim was uncovered, And the wickedness of Samaria. For they have committed fraud; A thief comes in; A band of robbers takes spoil outside.
  • 2. They do not consider in their hearts That I remember all their wickedness; Now their own deeds have surrounded them; They are before My face.
  • 3. They make a king glad with their wickedness, And princes with their lies.
  • 4. "They are all adulterers. Like an oven heated by a baker-- He ceases stirring the fire after kneading the dough, Until it is leavened.
  • 5. In the day of our king Princes have made him sick, inflamed with wine; He stretched out his hand with scoffers.
  • 6. They prepare their heart like an oven, While they lie in wait; Their baker {cf2super [17]} sleeps all night; In the morning it burns like a flaming fire.
  • 7. They are all hot, like an oven, And have devoured their judges; All their kings have fallen. None among them calls upon Me.
  • 8. "Ephraim has mixed himself among the peoples; Ephraim is a cake unturned.
  • 9. Aliens have devoured his strength, But he does not know it; Yes, gray hairs are here and there on him, Yet he does not know it.
  • 10. And the pride of Israel testifies to his face, But they do not return to the Lord their God, Nor seek Him for all this.
  • 11. "Ephraim also is like a silly dove, without sense-- They call to Egypt, They go to Assyria.
  • 12. Wherever they go, I will spread My net on them; I will bring them down like birds of the air; I will chastise them According to what their congregation has heard.
  • 13. "Woe to them, for they have fled from Me! Destruction to them, Because they have transgressed against Me! Though I redeemed them, Yet they have spoken lies against Me.
  • 14. They did not cry out to Me with their heart When they wailed upon their beds. "They assemble together for {cf2super [18]} grain and new wine, They rebel against Me; {cf2super [19]}
  • 15. Though I disciplined and strengthened their arms, Yet they devise evil against Me;
  • 16. They return, but not to the Most High; {cf2super [20]} They are like a treacherous bow. Their princes shall fall by the sword For the cursings of their tongue. This shall be their derision in the land of Egypt.