Hosea

From the Greek Septuagint text as was used by First Century Christians
A prophecy primarily against the 10-tribe Kingdom of IsraEl, which was written sometime between 790-BCE and 830-BCE.
The curious case of the changing personal pronouns: Something that all translators notice when translating the words of the Prophets is the constant changing
of the personal pronouns from the first to the third person in the pronouncements. And what we have come to realize is that God didn't personally speak to the Prophets.
Rather, He sent His message through a mediator, whom appears to be someone referred to as 'The Word.' And so,
wherever we find changes in personal pronouns from the first to the third person, we have interpreted this as meaning that the mediator is quoting God.
Did we get it all right? Probably not, but it has been an honest attempt at doing so.

Chapter 1

1 The Word of Jehovah came to Hosea (the son of BeEri) in the days of UzziAh, JoTham, Ahaz, and HezekiAh, the kings of Judah, and in the days of JeroBoam (the son of JoAsh) the king of IsraEl.

2 This is the beginning of the Word of Jehovah by Hosea.

The Lord spoke to Hosea and said this:
'Take a woman for yourself from the whores
So that children [can be born] from her whoring;
Because, by chasing after immoral sex,
The land has strayed from Jehovah.'

3 So he went and took Gomer, the daughter of DiBlaim, and she got pregnant and bore him a son.

4 Then The Lord said to him:
'Call his name JezreEl;
For, in a short while I'll bring vengeance
On the house of Judah, for JezreEl's blood.
And to the Kingdom of IsraEl,
I will be bringing an end.
5 In that day, I'll break IsraEl's bow
There in JezreEl's valley.'

6 Then she got pregnant again and gave birth to a daughter. And [the Lord] said to him:
'Call her name, Show No Mercy;
For on IsraEl's house, I won't show mercy…
I'll stand against and oppose them.

7 'Yet, by the power of their God Jehovah,
I'll show mercy upon Judah's sons
And I will bring them salvation.
But, I will not save by the bow or the sword,
Nor by battles of horses and horsemen.'

8 Well, after she weaned Show No Mercy, she got pregnant again and bore a son. 9 And He said:
'Call his name, Not My People;
For you are no longer my people,
And I am no part of you.

10 'But the number of IsraEl's sons
Will become as great as the sands of the seas,
So that no one can measure or count them.

'And it will be in that place
Where I told them, You're not my people,
They will then be called, the Living God's Sons.

11 'Then they'll gather the sons of IsraEl and Judah,
And appoint someone to rule over them.
But, from this land, they'll [be taken away];
For, JezreEl's day will be great.'

Chapter 2

1 'Now the brother, Not My People, should speak,
As should his sister, Show No Mercy.
2 They should plead with their mother,
Because she's not really my woman,
And I'm not really her man.

'For, I will remove all her whoring from me,
And the adultery she commits between her two breasts.
3 Then I'll strip her down 'til she's naked,
And make her like she was on the day she was born.

'To be wiped away, I'll appoint her,
And I'll make her like a waterless land,
Then I will destroy her with thirst.

4 'And on her children, I'll show no mercy,
For they're the result of her whoring…
5 Because their mother was immoral,
And the one who bore them, disgraced them.

'For she said: I will follow my lovers…
Those who provided my water and bread,
As well as my clothes and fine linen robes,
Along with my olive oil,
And the rest of the things that I truly deserve.

6 'For this, {Look!} with barbs, I'll close up her way…
I'll block her ways and her roads
So she can't be easily found.

7 'Then, when she chases her lovers,
There's no way she'll be able catch them…
She'll search for them, but not find them.

'Then she'll say, I'll return to my man,
For with him, things had been much better
.
8 But she doesn't realize that I'm really the one
Who provided her grain and her wine,
As well as her oil and her silver.

'However, she took my silver and gold
And used it to make things for BaAl.
9 And for doing this, I will return
To remove all my grain in its season,
As well as my wine in its time.

'Then I'll take away all of her clothes,
As well as my linen robes,
And leave her with nothing to cover her shame.

10 'I'll expose her filth to her lovers,
And from my hand, she will not be saved.
11 I'll remove the joy of her feasts,
And her holidays, New Moons, and Sabbaths.
12 I'll also take the grapes and the figs,
Which she thought were the wage from her lovers.

'Then I'll appoint them to witness [against her],
And she'll be eaten by beasts in the fields,
As well as by the birds in the skies,
And by things that crawl on the ground.

13 'I will take vengeance upon her
For each day that she offered to BaAl…
When she put on her necklace and earrings
And forgot me to chase after lovers,' said the Lord.

14 'For this, {Look!} I will cause her to wander,
And I'll order desolation upon her.
But then, I will speak to her heart,
And I will give back her things…
I'll turn that troublesome valley
Into a valley of hope.
15 I'll make her as humble as she was in her youth…
Like the day that she came up from Egypt.

16 'And in that day, says Jehovah;
She will call Me her husband…
No more will she call out to BaAl!
17 For the name of BaAl, I'll lift from her mouth,
And she won't remember his name.

18 'And in that day, I will conclude
An agreement with the beasts of the fields,
As well as with the birds in the skies,
And with the things that crawl on the ground.

'I'll also break the broadswords and bows…
I'll bring an end to the wars,
And I will send hope to the land.

19 'I'll take her as My woman through the ages
I'll take her rightly and fairly…
In mercy and compassion, [I'll welcome her back].
20 I'll take her to Myself in full trust,
And she'll think of Me as her Lord.

21 'And in that day, says Jehovah,
To the skies, I'll turn My attention.
Then, they will tend to the land,
22 And the land will tend to the grain
As well as to the wine and the oil…
To JezreEl, they'll pay attention once more.

23 'I'll plant her in the ground for Myself,
And I'll love the one that's unloved.
Then I will say,
You're My people
To those who weren't really Mine;
And she will say,
Jehovah's My God!'

Chapter 3

1 And the Lord said to me:
'Go again and love an adulteress
Who wishes to do what is bad!
For though Jehovah loved IsraEl's sons,
They have looked to strange gods,
And of raisin cakes, they've become fond!'

2 So I hired [such a woman] for myself for fifteen silver coins, two hundred quarts of barley, and a skin flask of wine. 3 And I said to her, 'You must now sit next to me and you may not be immoral or be with [another man] for many days… you must be mine alone! 4 For, this is how the sons of IsraEl will sit for some time… without a king or a ruler, and with no altar, sacrifices, priesthood, or anything else to give them direction. 5 But after these things are completed, IsraEl's sons will return to search for their God Jehovah and for David to serve as their king. So at the end of the days, they will find joy in Jehovah and with the good things that He provides.'

Chapter 4

1 O sons of IsraEl, hear [what was said by] the Word of the Lord; for Jehovah now has a case against all of you who live in this land, since there's no mercy, truth, or any knowledge of God here:

2 'Now, cursing, lying, murder, and fraud,
As well as adultery, cover your land.
You've also mingled blood with your blood…
And for this, your land will now mourn.

3 'So, those who live here will grow fewer,
And all the wild beasts in the fields,
All the creatures [that fly] in the skies,
And all the fish in the seas will now fail.

4 'Then there'll be no priests or judges to scold you;
5 For each day, I'll be making them weaker,
And I'll do the same to your prophets…
So night will then serve as your mother.

6 'For, from my people, they've taken the knowledge.
And because they've pushed higher knowledge away,
I will now push them away…
They won't be my priests anymore.

'Because you've forgotten the laws of your God,
I'll be forgetting your children.
7 And because of your sins against me,
Their glory, I'll appoint to dishonor.
8 Then my people will have to eat their own sins,
As their lives will be claimed by their unrighteous ways.

9 'And these things that will happen to the people
Will also happen to your priests…
I will bring my vengeance upon them
For all of their evil ways,
And I'll pay them back for their [unrighteous] thoughts.

10 'Then they'll eat, and never be filled;
For they've become whores who can't get their lives straight…
They don't look [to God] anymore,
And they've abandoned Jehovah…
11 Yes, whoring, wine, and strong drink
Have captured the hearts of His people.

12 'They now look to omens for answers,
And [wave magic] wands for replies.
In a spirit of whoring, they've wandered,
And to their God, they're unfaithful.

13 'On hilltops, they now sacrifice
Beneath the oaks and white poplars,
As well under the rest of the shade trees
[To ask] for good and protection.

'For this, your daughters will all become whores
And your brides will be filled with adultery.

14 'Then I will not visit your daughters
When they are found guilty of whoring.
Nor [will I visit] your daughters-in-law
When they are committing adultery.

'Among prostitutes, they will be mixed
(Among those [who offer their bodies]),
And since the men will not understand,
They will treat them like whores.

15 'So, stop being stupid, O IsraEl!
And Judah, stop going to GilGal
And to the temple at BethEl!
And no longer say, As Jehovah's alive,
When you are swearing your oaths!

16 'Since IsraEl has become like a heifer in heat,
She'll be fattened like a lamb in a feed lot.

17 'For, Ephraim has partnered with idols,
And in doing this, he has set his own snares.
18 With CanaAnite whores he's had sex,
And he's loved the dishonor of their neighing.
19 So a mighty wind will now sweep him away,
And his altars will bring him disgrace.'

Chapter 5

1 'Hear these things, O you priests…
O house of IsraEl, pay attention,
And house of the king, give an ear!
For, there is a judgment against you!

'Despite your important positions,
You have turned yourselves into snares.
So I'm stretching a net on [Mount] Tabor
2 (The type that is used to catch game),
And I'll be the one who'll correct you.

3 'I remember Ephraim and IsraEl
Before they had strayed so far.
But Ephraim has since been immoral,
And IsraEl is also defiled…
4 Neither has remembered to turn to their God.

'Now the spirit of whoring is in them,
And they've [forgotten] Jehovah.
5 So for all of her insolent ways,
IsraEl's face will be humbled.
And for Ephraim's unrighteous ways,
I will bring weakness upon him…
And I'll also bring weakness on Judah.

6 'Though they bring before Him their sheep and their calves,
There's no way that they follow Jehovah.
So now, they will no longer find Him,
Because they have turned away.

7 'Yes, they have abandoned Jehovah,
And to children of strangers, they're now giving birth.
So they and all that they'd hope to inherit
Will soon be eaten by blight.

8 'From the hilltops, they'll hear trumpet blasts…
They'll be blown from all the high places!
And in the temple at BethEl, there'll be shouting,
As BenJamin is being [attacked]
9 And Ephraim is being destroyed
In their day of correction!

'IsraEl's tribes once trusted in God.
10 But then, Judah's rulers joined with the rest
Who were moving the property markers…
So I'll pour my rage upon them like water!

11 'Yes, Ephraim [will be oppressed]
Because he trampled on justice,
And because he chased things that are worthless.
12 So to Ephraim, I'll be sending disturbance,
And to the house of Judah, I'll now be a spur.

13 'Though Ephraim saw his disease,
And though Judah understood his reasons for grief;
Ephraim turned to Assyria
And asked their king for his aid.
But [that king] won't be able to save him,
And this won't bring an end to his grief.

14 'So to Ephraim, I'll be a panther,
And to the house of Judah, a lion…
I'll snatch them away and I'll go…
I'll grab them and no one will save them.
15 Then I'll leave and return to my place,
And I won't be seen again 'til the time
That they turn and search for my face.

Chapter 6

1 'But, when they're oppressed, they'll rise early;
And then, about Jehovah, they'll say:
We should return to our God;
For He'll snatch us away and then heal us.
He'll attack them and then dress our wounds,
2 And after two days, He'll restore us;
Then, by the third day, we'll be truly alive
As we are standing before Him!

3 'Knowledge of Him, we'll know and pursue…
We'll find Him at the first crack of dawn.
Then, like morning rain, He'll then arrive…
Like evening rain on the ground.

4 'O Ephraim, what must I do?
And Judah, what must I do?
For your mercy is like morning fog,
Which like the dew, fade away.

5 'So by the Prophets, I've mowed you down,
And I've killed you with the words from my mouth…
Yes my judgments upon you have gone forth like light.

6 What I want is mercy, not sacrifice…
Higher knowledge before whole burnt-offerings!
7 But you've broken your Sacred Agreement with [God],
And you have shown Him your hatred.

8 'GileAd is a city of wasted deeds…
One that's disturbing the water.
9 For her strength now comes from her thieves,
And her priests also murder from ambush.

'SheChem has committed unrighteous acts
Against the house of IsraEl.
10 Causes for shuddering, I've seen there;
And because of Ephraim's whoring,
Both IsraEl and Judah have been defiled.
11 So they'll reap [from the vine] of rebellion
Until I bring back My people.'

Chapter 7

1 'When I brought healing to IsraEl,
It exposed Ephraim's injustice,
As well as Samaria's evils.
For at first, they all just told lies,
Then from among them, came thieves,
And robbers led them out to the highways.

2 'They sang together of the evil in their hearts,
Remembering all the [bad things] they'd done.
And now, they are covered by the things that they chose…
These things that they did in front of My face.

3 'For, all the bad things they've done
Have gladdened [the hearts] of their kings…
Yes, their lying delighted their rulers!

4 'All those who're committing adultery
Are in an oven that's been heated for baking by flames…
They've been kneaded and allowed to grow fat
And now the [whole ball] has fermented.

5 'For, in the days of their kings,
Their rulers became enraged by their wine,
And they opened their [arms] toward those who were vile
6 And whose hearts were burning like ovens.

'Then Ephraim's sleep became filled
With [thoughts of destroying] all night…
And in the morning, it burst into flames.
7 They became heated like ovens,
And then they devoured their judges.
So, though their kings have all fallen,
No one has called out to Me.

8 'Now, Ephraim's people are all intermixed…
They're like a cake that's been baked in hot ashes,
Which [no one has bothered] to turn.

9 'So, strangers have eaten his strength
While he wasn't paying attention…
And after that, his hair all turned grey,
Though he still remained unaware.

10 'Now, IsraEl's insolent ways
Will bring humility to their faces;
For they haven't turned toward Jehovah, their God.
No, after these things have all happened,
They didn't go looking for Him.

11 'So, Ephraim has become like a dove
That has no mind and no heart.
First he called out to Egypt,
And then, to Assyria, he [turned].

12 'But when they go there, I'll throw out My net
And I will catch them like birds…
I'll drag them down and correct them,
And listen as they are tormented.

13 'Woe to them, for they've leaped away…
O how wretched they have become
In their irreverence toward Me.

'Though I'm the one who once paid their ransom,
They spoke against me and lied…
14 In their hearts, they failed to call out…
They just laid there and shrieked in their beds,
As they sold themselves for wine and for bread.

15 'When they were corrected by me,
I also strengthened their arms!
But then, against Me, they hatched wicked plots.

16 'So when they return, they'll have nothing…
They'll be like a bow that's stretched tight,
And their rulers will fall by the sword,
Because they've said stupid things;
So in the land of Egypt, they'll be defiled.

Chapter 8

1 'Yes their land is in [Egypt's hands],
And against My [Temple], an eagle now flies,
Because they've broken My Sacred Agreement,
And they've disrespected My Laws.

2 'However, they still cry out to Me:
O God, haven't we known You?
3 But they threw away the good things I sent,
And they turned to my enemy for aid.

4 'By themselves, they chose their own rulers…
They didn't do it by asking Me.
And when these men started to rule,
They saw no reason to tell Me.
Then with silver and gold they made idols…
So now they must be wiped away!

5 'O Samaria; get rid of your calves,
Because they provoke me to rage…
How much longer will IsraEl stay dirty?
6 For [your calves] are just something you've made;
Therefore, they aren't [really] gods!
O Samaria; because of your calves, you have strayed!

7 'Seeds of destruction, you've sown to the wind,
And now, your end is searching for you.
You're a stalk of grain that's too weak to give flour,
And if it could give just a little,
It would be eaten by strangers.

8 'So IsraEl will be swallowed down,
And among the nations, it will have no power.
9 For, up to Assyria she traveled,
And as Ephraim so loves to do,
She offered them bribes [for their aid].

10 'So among the nations, they will be [scattered],
And there they will be just too weak
To again anoint rulers and kings for themselves.

11 'Ephraim has built many altars,
And the alters she loves are the [roots] of her sins.
12 So for them, I'll write extra laws,
Because she loves those strange altars.

13 'But should they offer sacrifices upon them,
And if they then eat the meat;
Jehovah won't receive them in favor.

'Their unrighteous ways are what He'll recall…
For their sins, He'll send vengeance upon them.
For, since they've gone back to Egypt,
14 They have forgotten who made them.

'Now, sacred precincts they've established
Within the walls of the cities of Judah.
So I will send fire to their cities
And burn them to their foundations.

Chapter 9

1 'So IsraEl, do not rejoice,
For your people don't have any reason for joy.
Since against Jehovah, you've been a whore.

'You've loved the gifts of the grain
From the threshing floors where they laid you.
2 But your threshing-floor grain [will not feed you],
And the wine in your vats will [soon fail].

3 'For you chose not to dwell in the land of Jehovah…
Life in Egypt is what you preferred,
And among Assyrians, you ate unclean things.

4 'You offered Jehovah no wine,
And set nothing delicious before Him.
So your sacrifices became like the bread
That is offered in mourning,
And defiles all those who would eat it.

'So your bread may not be brought to [His Temple]
For [the purpose of saving] your lives.
5 Therefore, what will you do
On your festival days and feasts of Jehovah?
6 {Look!} For because you've done all these things,
To the misery of Egypt, you will return!

'Now, Memphis will watch over you,
And in Machmas, you will be buried.
Ruin will inherit your silver,
And thorns will grow in your tents.
7 For the days of His vengeance have now arrived…
The time when you will receive what you're due.

'As a prophet without inspiration,
Is how IsraEl will view her affliction…
Like a man who's been blown away by the wind.
And because you've been so unrighteous,
The pressures [in your lives] will increase.

8 'Though Ephraim's watchmen once [walked] with God;
Their prophets have become crooked snares,
And madness [reigns] in their temples.

9 'They've been corrupt since the days of the hills,
So He won't forget their unrighteous ways,
And He'll punish them for all their sins.

10 'O IsraEl;
Back when I had first found you,
It was like finding grapes in the desert
Or early figs on a tree.
But thereafter, as I was watching,
Your fathers [bowed to] BaAl Peor…
And that's when they left [Me] in shame
To become something disgusting…
Something that's no longer loved.

11 'Ephraim's like a bird that flew [from its nest],
[Losing] the glory of [the place of] its birth,
And its pangs of conception.
12 So although they now nourish their children,
Like all the rest, they'll be childless.

'O woe, when I tear away all their flesh,
13 For Ephraim's young will be treated like game…
Their children will be led out and stabbed!

14 'Yes, give it to them, O Jehovah…
Yes, please give it to them!
Give them a womb that is childless,
As well as breasts that are dry!

15 'For their evil deeds are in GilGal,
And that's where [they've gained] all My hatred.
Because of the evils they've done there,
I'll throw them away and love them no more,
Since none of their rulers [have listened].

16 'Though Ephraim is something I've tended and hoed,
His roots have still become dry,
So he can no longer bear fruit.
Thus, when they give birth, I will destroy
Those whom they love from their bellies…
17 Yes, I will push them away,
Because they refused to listen to Me…
So among the nations, they'll wander.

Chapter 10

1 'IsraEl was a vine with many good branches,
And her fruit was [once] straight and true.
But the more of her fruit [I provided],
The more they built altars to others.
And the more prosperity [I brought to] the land,
The more they built [shrines of false worship].

2 'They gave their hearts to such things,
So now they'll be wiped away.
For I'll cut their altars down to the ground
And empty out all of their shrines.

3 'They say, We don't have a king anymore…
Someone we feared [more than God];
For, what was Jehovah able to do?

4 'They give excuses and lie;
But because I had an agreement with them,
My judgments will soon rise against them
Like weeds in an untended field.

5 'To the calf in the [temple] at BethEl,
The people of Samaria have gone.
There, My people have wailed…
And this has made Me feel bitter.
When they should have rejoiced in My glory,
They chose to move far from Me.

6 'So, Assyrians will chain them and lead them away
As gifts and tributes to their king.
And then it will be His decree
That Ephraim and IsraEl must be shamed.

7 'Samaria threw away her [true] King,
As though throwing a stick across water.
8 So the shrines at BethEl (IsraEl's sin)
Will soon be lifted away.

'Then upon all of their altars,
Thorns and thistles will grow.
So they will say to the mountains,
Come and cover us over,
And to the hills,
Fall upon us!

9 'For as long as the hills have existed,
IsraEl has stood in her sins.
So no way will her hills [come to her aid]
When war arrives on her unrighteous young
10 To correct them and bind them together…
For, it will take [war] to straighten their ways.

11 'Ephraim's a heifer that's learned to love fights;
But I will [grab hold] of her neck
And lead Ephraim off as [a captive].
I [will also force] Judah [to plow],
And Jacob [to break the hard ground].

12 'Then you should sow what is righteous…
Gather the vintage of life!
On yourselves, you should shine light of knowledge,
And keep on asking Jehovah
Until your [hearts] become righteous!

13 'Why prefer to overlook your impious ways
And gather the vintage of unrighteous things?
For you're now eating fruit that is false,
And in chariots, you're putting your faith…
Yes, you're trusting in your own power.
14 But destruction will come to your people,
And all your walled [cities] will fall.

'O house of IsraEl;
As ShalMan once treated the house of JeroBoam
In the day of their war
And dashed the mothers on top of their young…
15 That's how I'll treat you for your wicked ways.

Chapter 11

1 'It was early when they were disowned,
And IsraEl's kings were also disowned.
As an infant, IsraEl was loved,
For I called his children from Egypt.
2 But, as I was calling them back,
They started turning from Me…
To BaAl Im, they brought sacrifices,
And burned incense before the idols they carved.

3 'I once wrapped Ephraim in My arms…
And when he didn't know Me, I healed him.
4 While he was in the corrupt state of men,
I wrapped him in the bonds of My love.

'To him, I became like a [father]…
One who gives discipline…
So I'll watch over him and I'll win!

5 'Thus to the land of Egypt, he will not return,
For Assyria's king will now rule him
Because he wouldn't repent.

6 'So, swords will rage 'gainst their cities
And consume the bars of their gates…
For their bad decisions, they will be destroyed!

7 'Their people have clung to things in their homes,
And I am enraged by the things they hold dear…
As the result, I won't bless them.

8 'How should I treat you, O Ephraim…
How can I shield you, O IsraEl?
Should I treat you the same as I've treated AdMah?
Will I appoint you as I did to Zeboim?

'Will My heart be changed in such matters…
Shouldn't these things disturb Me…
Yes, shouldn't such things make me sad?

9 'But no way will I bring all my rage upon you…
No way will I destroy Ephraim.
For I am your God (not a man)…
I'm the Holy One in your midst,
And I will not enter your cities!

10 'So, you must [return to] Jehovah;
For, He will roar like a lion,
And startle your young by the sea in the west.

11 'They'll be startled like a bird out of Egypt,
And like an Assyrian dove;
Then I'll bring them back to their homes,
says Jehovah.

12 'By Ephraim, I was circled with lies…
By the irreverence of the houses of IsraEl and Judah.
But Jehovah will know them once more,
And call them, The Holy People of God.'

Chapter 12

1 'Ephraim has become like a bad wind,
For he pursues burning winds all day long…
He does many things that are empty and vain.
With Assyria, he has [signed] peace treaties,
And traded olive oil down in Egypt.

2 'But Jehovah also has a case against Judah,
So He'll punish Jacob according to his ways,
And pay him back for the bad things he's done.

3 'For, while he was still in the womb,
He caught the heel of his brother
And grew in strength with his God.
4 With an angel, he wrestled and won;
Then he wept and begged [for a blessing].

'So, there in [BethEl], he found Me.
5 And it was also there that I said:
From now on, I must be remembered
As Jehovah, the Almighty [God].

6 'So, you should return to your God…
Show mercy and learn to be fair…
Always [stay close] to Jehovah!

7 'Yet in [your land], you have unrighteous scales,
And you love to tyrannize others.
8 So Ephraim is saying, I've become rich,
And I've found many ways to relax
.
But he'll never see the fruits of his work,
Because of the bad things he's doing.

9 'I am Jehovah, your God…
I'm the One who led you from Egypt.
And I'll settle you in your tents once again
As I did in the days of My holiday feasts.

10 'Once more, I will speak by My Prophets,
And many visions, I'll send them;
For it's through the hands of the Prophets
That I am being described.

11 'GilGal no longer exists
Because their kings offered things that were false.
So their altars are heaps of turtle manure…
The type that is found in unplanted fields.

12 'To the plaines of Syria, Jacob had gone,
As IsraEl's servant searched for a wife;
Then, for a woman, he watched over sheep.

13 'And it was by [JoSeph], a Prophet of God,
That IsraEl was led down to Egypt.
Then, by that very same Prophet,
IsraEl's people were saved.

14 'But Ephraim provoked [God] to anger;
So his blood will be poured out upon him,
As Jehovah pays him back for his scorn.'

Chapter 13

1 'According to Ephraim's words;
IsraEl's righteous laws came from him…
Then he turned to BaAl and died.

2 'Yet, they've continued to sin,
And cast images of idols with their silver,
Which are thereafter finished by craftsmen
Who say,
We must sacrifice men,
Because there aren't any calves anymore!

3 'So they are like morning fog,
Which like the dew, fades away…
As chaff on the floors, they'll just blow away,
And like tears, they will dry.

4 'But, I am Jehovah, your God
I'm the One who led you from Egypt,
And no other God, should you know,
For there is no Savior other than Me!

5 'I shepherded you in the desert,
And filled you from pastures in barren lands.
6 But then, your hearts became haughty,
And because of this, you forgot Me.

7 So I'll be like a panther or a leopard to you…
According to the ways of Assyria.
8 Like an angry bear, I'll attack you
And I will rip you to pieces,
Then feed you to the cubs in the woods…
Wild beasts of the fields will rip you apart.

9 'When you're so corrupt, O IsraEl,
Who will come to your aid?
10 Yes, where is your king…
Why isn't he saving your towns…
Why not let him come and serve as your judge?

'A long time ago you had asked Me
To give you a king as your ruler!
11 So I gave you a king in My anger,
And My rage was then satisfied.

12 'But from Ephraim came much injustice,
And then he tried to cover his sins.
13 So the pangs of birth are now coming to him.
And even his smartest of sons
Won't stop their children's destruction.

14 'Will I save them from the hands of the grave?
Will I [pay] their ransom from death?
Where is your punishment, O death?
And where is your sting, O place of the dead?
Consolation for them is far from My eyes!

15 'This is why I'll separate brothers
And send burning winds from the desert to them,
Which will dry up their veins
And wipe away all their springs…
Their land and good things will wither and dry.

16 'Yes, Samaria will be wiped away
Because she resisted her God.
Then her people will fall by the sword…
Those by her breasts will be dashed [to the ground],
And those in the womb, ripped to pieces!'

Chapter 14

1 'O IsraEl;
Return to Jehovah, your God!
For because of your sins, you've become weak.
2 Follow your own [good advice],
And then turn back to Jehovah!

'Just ask Him to please overlook
All of your unrighteous ways,
So that you may receive what is good,
And be repaid for the fruit of your lips.

3 'Assyria will not be your savior,
And you'll never ride on their war horses.
So, stop calling your hand-made things gods,
And start showing mercy to orphans!

4 'Then, I will repair all your homes;
I will also confess that I love you,
And My rage will be turned away.

5 'To IsraEl, I'll be like dew in the morning;
Then, like a lily, he'll blossom
And grow roots like Lebanon's [trees].

6 'His branches will grow very full;
And as olive trees, they'll bear so much fruit
That to Lebanon, its scent will be carried.

7 'Then, they will all be returned,
And in His protection, they'll sit.
They'll live amidst plenty of grain,
And like grapevines, they'll blossom…
They'll be remembered like Lebanon's wines.

8 'O Ephraim;
What good are all of your idols?
Am I not the One who is humbling you
And the One who can make you strong once again?
I'm a dense juniper tree,
And it is only from Me that you can bear fruit!

9 'So, who among you is wise,
And who can understand all these things…
Yes, who among you can recognize them?
For the ways of Jehovah are straight,
And the righteous will live by these ways
While the godless are stumbled.'

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