Hosea 7

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when I would heal Israel, the iniquity of Ephraim is revealed, and the evil deeds of Samaria, for they deal falsely; the thief breaks in, and the bandits raid outside. (Jer 23:13; Ho 4:2; Ho 6:4) But they do not consider that I remember all their evil. Now their deeds surround them; they are before my face. (Ps 9:16; Ps 90:8; Pr 5:22; Ho 5:3) By their evil they make the king glad, and the princes by their treachery. (Ho 7:5; Ro 1:32) They are all adulterers; they are like a heated oven whose baker ceases to stir the fire, from the kneading of the dough until it is leavened. (Ho 6:10) On the day of our king, the princes became sick with the heat of wine; he stretched out his hand with mockers. (Ho 7:3) For with hearts like an oven they approach their intrigue; all night their anger smolders; in the morning it blazes like a flaming fire. (Ho 6:9) All of them are hot as an oven, and they devour their rulers. All their kings have fallen, and none of them calls upon me. (2Ki 15:10; 2Ki 15:14; 2Ki 15:25; 2Ki 15:30; Ho 8:4) Ephraim mixes himself with the peoples; Ephraim is a cake not turned. (Ps 106:35) Strangers devour his strength, and he knows it not; gray hairs are sprinkled upon him, and he knows it not. (Isa 42:25; Ho 8:7) 10 The pride of Israel testifies to his face;[1] yet they do not return to the Lord their God, nor seek him, for all this. (Isa 9:13; Ho 5:5) 11 Ephraim is like a dove, silly and without sense, calling to Egypt, going to Assyria. (2Ki 17:4; Ho 4:11; Ho 5:13; Ho 12:1) 12 As they go, I will spread over them my net; I will bring them down like birds of the heavens; I will discipline them according to the report made to their congregation. (Le 26:14; De 28:15; Eze 12:13; Ho 10:10) 13 Woe to them, for they have strayed from me! Destruction to them, for they have rebelled against me! I would redeem them, but they speak lies against me. (Ho 9:12; Ho 11:12; Ho 12:1; Ho 13:14; Mic 6:12) 14 They do not cry to me from the heart, but they wail upon their beds; for grain and wine they gash themselves; they rebel against me. (Ps 78:36; Am 6:4) 15 Although I trained and strengthened their arms, yet they devise evil against me. (Ho 11:3) 16 They return, but not upward;[2] they are like a treacherous bow; their princes shall fall by the sword because of the insolence of their tongue. This shall be their derision in the land of Egypt. (Ps 73:9; Ps 78:57; Ho 6:1; Ho 9:3)