Hosea 12

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The Book of Hosea

Chapter 13

1

When Ephraim spake15 trembling, he exalted1 himself in Israel; but when he offended4 in Baal, he died.4

2

And now they sin2 more and more,55 and have made4 them molten images of their silver, [and] idols according to their own understanding, all of it the work of the craftsmen: they say6 of them, Let the men that sacrifice6 kiss4 the calves.

3

Therefore they shall be as the morning cloud, and as the early56 dew that passeth away,6 as the chaff [that] is driven with the whirlwind29 out of the floor, and as the smoke out of the chimney.

4

Yet I [am] the LORD thy God from the land of Egypt, and thou shalt know4 no god but me: for [there is] no saviour56 beside me.

5

I did know1 thee in the wilderness, in the land of great drought.

6

According to their pasture, so were they filled;4 they were filled,1 and their heart was exalted;4 therefore have they forgotten1 me.

7

Therefore I will be unto them as a lion: as a leopard by the way will I observe4 [them]:

8

I will meet4 them as a bear [that is] bereaved [of her whelps], and will rend4 the caul of their heart, and there will I devour4 them like a lion: the wild beast shall tear17 them.

9

O Israel, thou hast destroyed14 thyself; but in me [is] thine help.

10

I will be thy king: where [is any other] that may save55 thee in all thy cities? and thy judges6 of whom thou saidst,1 Give3 me a king and princes?

11

I gave4 thee a king in mine anger, and took [him] away4 in my wrath.

12

The iniquity of Ephraim [is] bound up;7 his sin [is] hid.7

13

The sorrows of a travailing woman6 shall come4 upon him: he [is] an unwise son; for he should not stay4 long in [the place of] the breaking forth of children.

14

I will ransom4 them from the power of the grave; I will redeem4 them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction: repentance shall be hid11 from mine eyes.

15

Though he be fruitful55 among [his] brethren, an east wind shall come,4 the wind of the LORD shall come up6 from the wilderness, and his spring shall become dry,4 and his fountain shall be dried up:4 he shall spoil4 the treasure of all pleasant vessels.

16

Samaria shall become desolate;4 for she hath rebelled1 against her God: they shall fall4 by the sword: their infants shall be dashed in pieces,29 and their women with child shall be ripped up.29

Hosea 14