Hosea Chapter 7

1Israel reproved for manifold sins. 11God's wrath against them for their hypocrisy.
1 When 1I would have healed Israel, then 2the iniquity of Ephraim was discovered, and the awickedness of Samaria: for they commit falsehood; and the thief cometh in, and the troop of robbers bspoileth without.
2 And they aconsider not in their hearts that 1I remember all their wickedness: 2now their own doings have 3beset them about; they are 4before my face.
3 1They make the king glad with their wickedness, and the princes with their lies.
4 1They are all adulterers, as an oven heated by the baker, awho ceaseth bfrom raising after he hath kneaded the dough, until it be leavened.
5 In 1the day of our king the princes have made him 2sick with abottles of wine; he 3stretched out his hand with scorners.
6 For 1they have amade ready their heart like an oven, whiles they lie in wait: their baker sleepeth all the night; in the morning it burneth as a flaming fire.
7 They are all hot as an oven, 1and have devoured their judges; all their kings are fallen: 2there is none among them that calleth unto me.
8 Ephraim, 1he hath mixed himself among the people; Ephraim is 2a cake not turned.
9 1Strangers have devoured his strength, and he knoweth it not: yea, gray hairs are ahere and there upon him, yet he knoweth not.
10 And the 1pride of Israel testifieth to his face: and 2they do not return to the Lord their God, nor seek him for all this.
11 ¶ Ephraim also is 1like a silly dove without heart: they call to Egypt, they go to Assyria.
12 When they shall go, 1I will spread my net upon them; I will bring them down as the fowls of the heaven; I 2will chastise them, 3as their congregation hath heard.
13 1Woe unto them! for they have fled from me: adestruction unto them! 2because they have transgressed against me: though 3I have redeemed them, yet they have spoken 4lies against me.
14 And 1they have not cried unto me with their heart, when they howled upon their beds: 2they assemble themselves for corn and wine, and they rebel against me.
15 1Though I have abound and strengthened their arms, yet do they 2imagine mischief against me.
16 1They return, but not to the most High: they are like a deceitful bow: their princes shall fall by the sword for the 2rage of their tongue: this shall be their derision 3in the land of Egypt.