Hosea 7

1 “When I would have healed Yisrael, then the iniquity of Efrayim was uncovered, and the wickedness of Samaria (Shomeron); for they commit falsehood; and the thief cometh in, and the troop of robbers spoileth outside.

2 And they consider not in their hearts that I remember all their wickedness; now their own doings have beset them about; they are before My face.

3 They make the king glad with their wickedness, and the princes with their lies.

4 They are all adulterers, as an oven heated by the baker, who ceaseth from raising after he hath kneaded the dough, until it be leavened.

5 In the day of our king the princes have made him sick with bottles of wine; he stretched out his hand with scorners.

6 For they have made ready their heart like an oven, while they lie in wait; their baker sleepeth all the night; in the morning it burneth as a flaming fire.

7 They are all hot as an oven, and have devoured their judges; all their kings are fallen; there is none among them that calleth unto Me.

8 Efrayim, he hath mixed himself among the people; Efrayim is a cake not turned.

9 Strangers have devoured his strength, and he knoweth it not; yea, gray hairs are here and there upon him, yet he knoweth not.

10 And the pride of Yisrael testifieth to his face; and they do not return to יהוה their God (Elohim), nor seek him for all this.

11 Efrayim also is like a silly dove without heart; they call to Egypt (Mitsrayim), they go to Assyria (Ashshur).

12 When they shall go, I will spread my net upon them; I will bring them down as the fowls of the sky; I will chastise them, as their congregation hath heard.

13 Woe unto them! For they have fled from Me; destruction unto them! Because they have transgressed against Me; though I have redeemed them, yet they have spoken lies against Me.

14 And they have not cried unto Me with their heart, when they howled upon their beds; they assemble themselves for corn and wine, and they rebel against Me.

15 Though I have bound and strengthened their arms, yet do they imagine mischief against Me.

16 They return, but not upward; they are like a deceitful bow; their princes shall fall by the sword for the rage of their tongue; this shall be their derision in the land of Egypt (Mitsrayim).”