“A (A)lion has gone up from his thicket,
And a (B)destroyer of nations has set out;
He has gone out from his place
To (C)make your land a waste.
Your cities will be ruins
Without inhabitant.

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Therefore (A)a lion from the forest will slay them,
A (B)wolf of the deserts will destroy them,
A (C)leopard is watching their cities.
Everyone who goes out of them will be torn in pieces,
Because their (D)transgressions are many,
Their apostasies are numerous.

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14 For I will be (A)like a lion to Ephraim
And like a young lion to the house of Judah.
(B)I, even I, will tear to pieces and go away,
I will carry away, and there will be (C)none to deliver.

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So I will be (A)like a lion to them;
Like a (B)leopard I will [a]lie in wait by the wayside.
I will encounter them (C)like a bear robbed of her cubs,
And I will tear open [b]their chests;
There I will also (D)devour them like a lioness,
As a wild beast would tear them.

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Footnotes

  1. Hosea 13:7 Or watch
  2. Hosea 13:8 Lit the enclosure of their heart

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