Bible: Hosea 13

Baal Worshipers and Calf Worshipers to be Destroyed

13:1 When Ephraim 1  spoke, 2  there was terror; 3 

he was exalted 4  in Israel,

but he became guilty by worshiping Baal and died.

13:2 Even now they persist in sin! 5 

They make metal images for themselves,

idols that they skillfully fashion 6  from their own silver;

all of them are nothing but the work of craftsmen!

There is a saying about them: 7 

“Those who sacrifice 8  to the calf idol are calf kissers! 9 

13:3 Therefore they will disappear like 10  the morning mist, 11 

like early morning dew that evaporates, 12 

like chaff that is blown away 13  from a threshing floor,

like smoke that disappears through an open window.

Well-Fed Israel Will Be Fed to Wild Animals

13:4 But I am the Lord your God,

who brought you out of Egypt.

Therefore, you must not acknowledge any God but me;

except me there is no Savior.

13:5 I cared 14  for you in the wilderness,

in the dry desert where no water was. 15 

13:6 When they were fed, 16  they became satisfied;

when they were satisfied, they became proud; 17 

as a result, they forgot me!

13:7 So 18  I will pounce on them like a lion; 19 

like a leopard I will lurk by the path.

13:8 I will attack them like a bear robbed of her cubs

I will rip open their chests.

I will devour them there like a lion

like a wild animal would tear them apart.

Israel’s King Unable to Deliver the Nation

13:9 I will destroy you, 20  O Israel!

Who 21  is there to help you?

13:10 Where 22  then is your king,

that he may save you in all your cities?

Where are 23  your rulers for whom you asked, saying,

Give me a king and princes?

13:11 I granted 24  you a king in my anger,

and I will take him away in my wrath!

Israel’s Punishment Will Not Be Withheld Much Longer

13:12 The punishment 25  of Ephraim has been decreed; 26 

his punishment is being stored up for the future.

13:13 The labor pains of a woman will overtake him,

but the baby will lack wisdom;

when the time arrives,

he will not come out of the womb!

The Lord Will Not Relent from the Threatened Judgment

13:14 Will I deliver them from the power of Sheol? No, I will not! 27 

Will I redeem them from death? No, I will not!

O Death, bring on your plagues! 28 

O Sheol, bring on your destruction! 29 

My eyes will not show any compassion! 30 

The Capital of the Northern Empire Will Be Destroyed

13:15 Even though he flourishes like a reed plant, 31 

a scorching east wind will come,

a wind from the Lord rising up from the desert.

As a result, his spring will dry up; 32 

his well will become dry.

That wind 33  will spoil all his delightful foods

in the containers in his storehouse.

13:16 34  Samaria will be held guilty, 35 

because she rebelled against her God.

They will fall by the sword,

their infants will be dashed to the ground –

their 36  pregnant women will be ripped open.

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