Hosea 13:1
Ephraim’s Idolatry

1When Ephraim spoke, there was trembling.
         He exalted himself in Israel,
         But through Baal he did wrong and died.

2And now they sin more and more,
         And make for themselves molten images,
         Idols skillfully made from their silver,
         All of them the work of craftsmen.
         They say of them, “Let the men who sacrifice kiss the calves!”

3Therefore they will be like the morning cloud
         And like dew which soon disappears,
         Like chaff which is blown away from the threshing floor
         And like smoke from a chimney.

4Yet I have been the LORD your God
         Since the land of Egypt;
         And you were not to know any god except Me,
         For there is no savior besides Me.

5I cared for you in the wilderness,
         In the land of drought.

6As they had their pasture, they became satisfied,
         And being satisfied, their heart became proud;
         Therefore they forgot Me.

7So I will be like a lion to them;
         Like a leopard I will lie in wait by the wayside.

8I will encounter them like a bear robbed of her cubs,
         And I will tear open their chests;
         There I will also devour them like a lioness,
         As a wild beast would tear them.

9It is your destruction, O Israel,
         That you are against Me, against your help.

10Where now is your king
         That he may save you in all your cities,
         And your judges of whom you requested,
         “Give me a king and princes”?

11I gave you a king in My anger
         And took him away in My wrath.

12The iniquity of Ephraim is bound up;
         His sin is stored up.

13The pains of childbirth come upon him;
         He is not a wise son,
         For it is not the time that he should delay at the opening of the womb.

14Shall I ransom them from the power of Sheol?
         Shall I redeem them from death?
         O Death, where are your thorns?
         O Sheol, where is your sting?
         Compassion will be hidden from My sight.

15Though he flourishes among the reeds,
         An east wind will come,
         The wind of the LORD coming up from the wilderness;
         And his fountain will become dry
         And his spring will be dried up;
         It will plunder his treasury of every precious article.

16Samaria will be held guilty,
         For she has rebelled against her God.
         They will fall by the sword,
         Their little ones will be dashed in pieces,
         And their pregnant women will be ripped open.

NASB ©1995

Parallel Verses
American Standard Version
When Ephraim spake, there was trembling; he exalted himself in Israel; but when he offended in Baal, he died.

Douay-Rheims Bible
When Ephraim spoke, a horror seized Israel: and he sinned in Baal and died.

Darby Bible Translation
When Ephraim spoke, there was trembling; he exalted himself in Israel: but he trespassed through Baal, and he died.

English Revised Version
When Ephraim spake, there was trembling; he exalted himself in Israel: but when he offended in Baal, he died.

Webster's Bible Translation
When Ephraim spoke trembling, he exalted himself in Israel; but when he offended in Baal, he died.

World English Bible
When Ephraim spoke, there was trembling. He exalted himself in Israel, but when he became guilty in Baal, he died.

Young's Literal Translation
When Ephraim speaketh tremblingly, He hath been lifted up in Israel, When he becometh guilty in Baal he dieth.
Destruction and Help
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Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Letter xxxvi (Circa A. D. 1131) to the Same Hildebert, who had not yet Acknowledged the Lord Innocent as Pope.
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Saint Bernard of Clairvaux—Some Letters of Saint Bernard, Abbot of Clairvaux

The Joyous Return
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Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 37: 1891

A Prophet of Peace
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Ellen Gould White—The Story of Prophets and Kings

"For if Ye Live after the Flesh, Ye Shall Die; but if Ye through the Spirit do Mortify the Deeds of the Body, Ye Shall Live.
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Hugh Binning—The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning

A Doomed People
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Ellen Gould White—The Desire of Ages

How a Private Man must Begin the Morning with Piety.
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Lewis Bayly—The Practice of Piety

What the Scriptures Principally Teach: the Ruin and Recovery of Man. Faith and Love Towards Christ.
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Hugh Binning—The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning

Thoughts Upon Striving to Enter at the Strait Gate.
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William Beveridge—Private Thoughts Upon a Christian Life

The Assyrian Captivity
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Ellen Gould White—The Story of Prophets and Kings

The Knowledge of God
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Thomas Watson—A Body of Divinity

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