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

The Lord’s Anger Against Israel

13 When Ephraim spoke, people trembled;(A)
    he was exalted(B) in Israel.
    But he became guilty of Baal worship(C) and died.
Now they sin more and more;
    they make(D) idols for themselves from their silver,(E)
cleverly fashioned images,
    all of them the work of craftsmen.(F)
It is said of these people,
    “They offer human sacrifices!
    They kiss[a](G) calf-idols!(H)
Therefore they will be like the morning mist,
    like the early dew that disappears,(I)
    like chaff(J) swirling from a threshing floor,(K)
    like smoke(L) escaping through a window.

“But I have been the Lord your God
    ever since you came out of Egypt.(M)
You shall acknowledge(N) no God but me,(O)
    no Savior(P) except me.
I cared for you in the wilderness,(Q)
    in the land of burning heat.
When I fed them, they were satisfied;
    when they were satisfied, they became proud;(R)
    then they forgot(S) me.(T)
So I will be like a lion(U) to them,
    like a leopard I will lurk by the path.
Like a bear robbed of her cubs,(V)
    I will attack them and rip them open;
like a lion(W) I will devour them—
    a wild animal will tear them apart.(X)

“You are destroyed, Israel,
    because you are against me,(Y) against your helper.(Z)
10 Where is your king,(AA) that he may save you?
    Where are your rulers in all your towns,
of whom you said,
    ‘Give me a king and princes’?(AB)
11 So in my anger I gave you a king,(AC)
    and in my wrath I took him away.(AD)
12 The guilt of Ephraim is stored up,
    his sins are kept on record.(AE)
13 Pains as of a woman in childbirth(AF) come to him,
    but he is a child without wisdom;
when the time(AG) arrives,
    he doesn’t have the sense to come out of the womb.(AH)

14 “I will deliver this people from the power of the grave;(AI)
    I will redeem them from death.(AJ)
Where, O death, are your plagues?
    Where, O grave, is your destruction?(AK)

“I will have no compassion,
15     even though he thrives(AL) among his brothers.
An east wind(AM) from the Lord will come,
    blowing in from the desert;
his spring will fail
    and his well dry up.(AN)
His storehouse will be plundered(AO)
    of all its treasures.
16 The people of Samaria(AP) must bear their guilt,(AQ)
    because they have rebelled(AR) against their God.
They will fall by the sword;(AS)
    their little ones will be dashed(AT) to the ground,
    their pregnant women(AU) ripped open.”[b]


  1. Hosea 13:2 Or “Men who sacrifice / kiss
  2. Hosea 13:16 In Hebrew texts this verse (13:16) is numbered 14:1.

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