Ephraim’s Idolatry

13 (A)When Ephraim [a]spoke, there was trembling.
He (B)exalted himself in Israel,
But through (C)Baal he [b]did wrong and died.
And now they sin more and more,
And make for themselves (D)molten images,
Idols [c](E)skillfully made from their silver,
All of them the (F)work of craftsmen.
They say of them, “Let the [d]men who sacrifice kiss the (G)calves!”
Therefore they will be like the (H)morning cloud
And like dew which [e]soon disappears,
Like (I)chaff which is blown away from the threshing floor
And like (J)smoke from a [f]chimney.

Yet I have been the (K)Lord your God
Since the land of Egypt;
And you were not to know (L)any god except Me,
For there is no savior (M)besides Me.
I [g](N)cared for you in the wilderness,
(O)In the land of drought.
As they had their pasture, they became (P)satisfied,
And being satisfied, their (Q)heart became proud;
Therefore they (R)forgot Me.
So I will be (S)like a lion to them;
Like a (T)leopard I will [h]lie in wait by the wayside.
I will encounter them (U)like a bear robbed of her cubs,
And I will tear open [i]their chests;
There I will also (V)devour them like a lioness,
As a wild beast would tear them.

It is your destruction, O Israel,
[j]That you are (W)against Me, against your (X)help.
10 Where now is your (Y)king
That he may save you in all your cities,
And your (Z)judges of whom you [k]requested,
“Give me a king and princes”?
11 I (AA)gave you a king in My anger
And (AB)took him away in My wrath.

12 The iniquity of Ephraim is bound up;
His sin is (AC)stored up.
13 The pains of (AD)childbirth come upon him;
He is (AE)not a wise son,
For [l]it is not the time that he should (AF)delay at the opening of the womb.
14 Shall I (AG)ransom them from the [m]power of Sheol?
Shall I redeem them from death?
(AH)O Death, where are your thorns?
O Sheol, where is your sting?
(AI)Compassion will be hidden from My sight.

15 Though he (AJ)flourishes among the [n]reeds,
An (AK)east wind will come,
The wind of the Lord coming up from the wilderness;
And his fountain will (AL)become dry
And his spring will be dried up;
It will (AM)plunder his treasury of every precious article.
16 [o]Samaria will be held (AN)guilty,
For she has (AO)rebelled against her God.
(AP)They will fall by the (AQ)sword,
Their little ones will be (AR)dashed in pieces,
And their pregnant (AS)women will be ripped open.


  1. Hosea 13:1 Or spoke with trembling
  2. Hosea 13:1 Or became guilty
  3. Hosea 13:2 Or according to their own understanding
  4. Hosea 13:2 Lit sacrificers of or, (among) mankind
  5. Hosea 13:3 Lit goes away early
  6. Hosea 13:3 Lit window
  7. Hosea 13:5 Or knew
  8. Hosea 13:7 Or watch
  9. Hosea 13:8 Lit the enclosure of their heart
  10. Hosea 13:9 Or But in Me is your help
  11. Hosea 13:10 Lit said
  12. Hosea 13:13 Lit it is the time that he should not tarry at the breaking forth of children
  13. Hosea 13:14 Lit hand
  14. Hosea 13:15 Or brothers
  15. Hosea 13:16 Ch 14:1 in Heb

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