Hosea 13
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Ephraim's Glory Vanishes

1When Ephraim spoke, there was trembling;

he was exalted in Israel.

But he incurred guilt through Baal,

and he died.

2Now they sin more and more

and make for themselves cast images,

idols skillfully made from their silver,

all of them the work of craftsmen.

People say of them,

“Let the men who offer human sacrifice kiss the calves!”a

3Therefore they will be like the morning mist,

like the early dew that vanishes,

like chaff blown from a threshing floor,

and like smoke through an open window.

God's Anger

4Yet I am the LORD your God

ever since the land of Egypt;

you know no God but Me,

for there is no Savior besides Me.

5I knew you in the wilderness,

in the land of drought.

6When they had pasture,

they became satisfied;

when they were satisfied,

their hearts became proud.

As a result,

they forgot Me.

7So I will pounce on them like a lion;

like a leopard on the path I will lurk.

8Like a bear robbed of her cubs, I will attack them,

and I will tear open their chests.

There I will devour them like a lion,

like a wild beast would tear them apart.

God's Mercy

9It is your destruction, O Israel,

because you are against Me—

against your helper.

10Where is your king now

to save you in all your cities,

and the rulers to whom you said,

“Give me a king and princes”?

11So in My anger I gave you a king,

and in My wrath I took him away.

12The iniquity of Ephraim is bound up;

his sin is stored up.

13Labor pains come upon him,

but he is an unwise son.

When the time has arrived,

he does not present himself at the opening of the womb.

14I will ransom them from the power of Sheol;

I will redeem them from Death.b

Where, O Death, are your plagues?

Where, O Sheol, is your sting?

Compassion is hidden from My eyes.

The Judgment on Samaria

15Although he flourishes among his brothers,

an east wind will come—

a wind from the LORD

rising up from the desert.

His fountain will fail,

and his spring will run dry.

The wind will plunder his treasury

of every precious article.

16Samaria will bear her guilt

because she has rebelled against her God.

They will fall by the sword;

their little ones will be dashed to pieces,

and their pregnant women ripped open.

Footnotes:

2 a See 1 Kings 12:8
14 b Or Shall I ransom them from the power of Sheol? Shall I redeem them from Death?

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