Bible: Hosea 13
Baal Worshipers and Calf Worshipers to be Destroyed
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
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
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!
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
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
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.
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.