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.

Chapter 1

1 These are the words of Jehovah that 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:
'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'll bring an end.
5 In that day, I'll break IsraEl's bow,
There in the valley of JezreEl.'

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'll show no mercy…
I'll stand against and oppose them.

7 'Yet, by the power of their God Jehovah,
I will 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're 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 they'll not be measured or counted.

'And it will be in that place,
Where I told them, You're not My people,
They will 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];
For, JezreEl's day will be great.'

Chapter 2

1 'Speak to your brother, Not My People,
And to your sister, Show No Mercy.
2 Plead with your mother… yes plead;
For, she isn't really My woman,
And I'm not really her man.

'I'll remove all her whoring from Me,
And the adultery 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 make her a waterless land;
Then, I will destroy her with thirst.

4 '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 provide my water and bread,
As well as my clothes and fine linen robes…
Along with my olive oil,
And all the rest of the things I deserve.

6 'For this, {Look!} with barbs, I'll close up her way…
I'll block her ways and her roads,
So thereafter, she'll no longer be 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' will return to my man,
Where things were much better than now
.
8 But, she doesn't know I'm the One,
Who provided her grain and her wine,
As well as her oil and her silver.

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

'I will remove all her clothes,
As well as My linen robes,
And then she'll have nothing to cover her shame.

10 'Before her lovers, I'll show all her filth;
And from My hand, she will not be saved.
11 I'll remove all the joy of her holiday feasts,
And her holidays, New Moons, and Sabbaths.

12 'I'll also take her grapes and her figs,
For she said, These wages were paid by my lovers.

'So, I'll appoint them to witness [against her],
And beasts in the fields will consume her,
As well as with the birds in the skies,
And the 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 chased after lovers,' says Jehovah.

14 'For this, {Look!} I'll cause her to wander,
And 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 she ascended from Egypt.

16 'And it will be in that day,' says Jehovah;
'That she'll call out to Me, O My man…
And 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 what she called him.

18 'In that day, I'll conclude an agreement,
With all the wild beasts of the fields,
As well as with the birds in the skies,
And all 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,
And the skies will pay attention to the land,
22 Then the land will pay attention to the grain,
And 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 aren'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 IsraEl's sons are loved by their Lord,
They have looked to strange gods,
And of raisin cakes, 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 the word of the Lord! For Jehovah now has a case against all who of you live in this land, since there's no mercy, truth, or any knowledge of God here! 2 Rather, cursing, lying, murder, fraud, and adultery now cover your land. You've also mingled blood with your blood, and for this your land will have to mourn; 3 because those who live here diminish, as all the wild beasts in the fields, all the birds [that fly] in the skies, and the fish in the seas start to fail. 4 Then, no one will judge and no one will scold; [for my complaint is against you who are] Priests.

5 [God says to you:]
'Each day, I'll bring weakness upon you…
And the prophets among you will weaken,
As night starts to serve as your mother.

6 'From My people, you've taken the knowledge.
And because you've pushed higher knowledge away,
I will push you away…
You won't serve as 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 you priests…
For, I will bring vengeance upon you
And upon all of your evil ways,
As I pay you back for your [unrighteous] thoughts.

10 'Then you'll eat, and never be filled;
For you've become like whores who can't straighten their lives.
You don't look [to God] anymore,
And you've abandoned Jehovah…
11 Yes, whoring, wine, and strong drink,
Have captured the hearts of My 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,
And all 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'll be mixed
(Those [who offer their bodies]),
And since the men will not understand,
They'll be having sex with the whores.

15 'So IsraEl; stop being stupid!
And Judah; do not go to GilGal,
Or to the temple at BethEl!
Nor should you say, As the Lord lives,
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.
And for this, I'm stretching a net on [Mount] Tabor,
2 Like one that is used to catch game,
And I'll be the One who'll correct you.

3 'I remember Ephraim and IsraEl,
When they hadn't strayed far from Me.
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] their Lord.
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 'With their sheep and calves, they still go before Him;
But no way do they follow Jehovah.
So they'll not be able to find Him,
Because they've all turned away.

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

8 'From the hilltops, they'll hear the blowing the trumpets…
They'll be blown from all the high places!
In the temple at BethEl, they'll be shouting,
BenJamin is under [attack],
9 And Ephraim is being destroyed
,
In their day of correction!

'IsraEl's tribes once put faith in Me;
10 But then, Judah's rulers became the rest
Who move the property markers.
So I'll pour My wrath on them like water!

11 'Thus, Ephraim [is being oppressed],
Because he trampled on justice,
And because he chased after things that are vain.
12 So to Ephraim, I'm sending disturbance,
And to the house of Judah, I'll now be a spur.

13 'Though Ephraim saw his disease,
And though Judah recognized 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 'To Ephraim, I'll become like 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 not be seen again in that time,
Until they turn and search for My face.

Chapter 6

1 'But, when they're oppressed, they'll rise early;
And then, about Me, they'll say this:

'We should return to Jehovah, our God;
For He'll snatch us away and He'll 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 living again,
And we will be 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 will then arrive…
And as evening rain on the ground.

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

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

6 What I want is mercy, not things sacrificed…
Not whole burnt-offerings, higher knowledge!
7 But they've broken their Sacred Agreement with Me,
And they have shown Me their hatred.

8 'GileAd is a city of wasted deeds…
She's like one [who makes waves] in the water.
9 Her strength has come from her thieves,
And her priests are like men who 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 now 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 the injustice of Ephraim,
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 did.
And now, they're surrounded by the things that they chose…
These things that have happened in front of My face.

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

4 'The adultery that they have committed,
Has become like the fire in an oven,
Which burns for the purpose of baking…
Together, the flames [warm] the fat,
Until it's full and fermented.

5 'And in the days of their kings,
Their rulers became enraged by their wine,
And opened their [arms] toward those who were vile.

6 'For their hearts were burning like ovens,
And Ephraim's sleep was then 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, all of their kings have fallen away,
And none have called out to Me.
8 Ephraim's people are all intermixed,
Like a cake that is baked in hot ashes,
Which [no one has bothered] to turn.

9 'Then, strangers ate all his strength
(Although he wasn't aware)…
And after that, his hair all turned grey
(Yet, he remained unaware).

10 'But, IsraEl's insolent ways,
Will soon humble their faces;
For they haven't turned toward Jehovah, their God.
And after all these things happened,
They never went looking for Him.

11 'Ephraim became like a dove,
Who had 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 are,
In their irreverence toward Me.

'Though I had 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;
In the land of Egypt, they'll be defiled.'

Chapter 8

1 'So 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 'Yet, they still cry out to Me:
O God; haven't we known You?
3 Though they threw away the good things I sent,
And they turned to My enemy.

4 'By themselves, they chose their own rulers…
They didn't do it through Me.
And when these men started to rule,
They saw no reason to ask Me,
As they made idols of silver and gold…
So, they must be wiped away!

5 'O Samaria; get rid of your calves,
For they are provoking My rage…
How much longer will IsraEl stay dirty?

6 '[Your calf] is just something you've made,
So it [really] isn't a god!
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, too weak to give flour,
And if it could give just a little,
It would be eaten by strangers.

8 'IsraEl will be swallowed down,
And among all the nations, be useless.
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'll be [scattered]…
And then, 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 'If they offer sacrifices upon them,
And if they should then eat the meat;
Their Lord won't receive them in favor.

'Their unrighteous ways are what He'll recall;
And for their sins, He'll send vengeance.
Since they have gone back to Egypt,
14 And they have forgotten who made them.

'Sacred precincts, they have established,
Within the walls of the cities of Judah.
So, I will send fire to their cities,
Which will burn them to their foundations.

Chapter 9

1 'So, O IsraEl, do not rejoice,
Nor should your people be glad.
For against Jehovah, you've been a whore.

'You 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 the vats will [soon fail].

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

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

'So your bread may not enter [My Temple],
For [the purpose of saving] your lives.
5 Thus, what will you do on your festival days,
And the holiday feasts of Jehovah?

6 'Because of this; Look… they are gone,
Back to the misery of Egypt!

'Now, Memphis will watch over them,
And Machmas is where they'll be buried.
Ruin will inherit their silver,
And thorns will grow in their tents.
7 For the days of My vengeance have come upon them…
The time for receiving what's due.

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

8 'Ephraim's watchmen once [walked] with God;
But now, their prophets are just 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,
And as 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 was a bird that flew [from its nest],
[Losing] the glory of [the place of] its birth,
And its pangs of conception.
12 So, though they may 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 run through!'

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

16 'Though Ephraim is something I've tended and hoed,
His roots have still became dry,
So, he can no longer bear fruit.
Thus, when they give birth, I'll destroy
Those whom they love from their bellies…
17 Yes, I will push them away;
For, 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 greater the abundance of her fruit,
The more they built other altars.
And the more prosperity there was in the land,
The more they built [shrines of false worship].

2 'They gave their hearts to such things;
But 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 have not a king anymore…
Someone we feared [more than God];
For, what could the Lord do to us?

4 'They give excuses and lie;
But because I had a contract 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 will be shamed.

7 'Samaria threw away her [true] King,
Like 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 they'll say 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 has learned to love fights;
But I'll [grab hold] of her neck,
And lead Ephraim off as [a captive].
I [will also teach] Judah [to plow],
And Jacob [to break the hard ground].

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

13 'Why quietly overlook your impious ways,
And gather the vintage of unrighteous things?
For you're 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 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 'They were disowned early on,
And IsraEl's kings were also disowned.

'Since IsraEl was a child that I loved,
I called his children from Egypt.
2 But, as I was calling them back,
They started to move far from Me.
To BaAl Im, they offered sacrifices,
And to carved idols, burned incense.

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

'So to him, I'll become like a [father]…
One who disciplines [sons]…
Yes, I'll watch over him and I'll win!

5 'To the land of Egypt, they will not return.
But Assyria's king will rule over them,
Because they 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 'His people have clung to things in their homes,
And I am enraged by what they hold dear;
So, there's no way that I'll bless them.

8 'How should I treat you, O Ephraim…
How can I shield you, O IsraEl?
Should I treat you the same as AdMah?
Will I appoint you as I did to Zeboim?
Will My heart be changed in such matters…
Should I not be sad by things that disturb Me?

9 'There's no way that I'll bring all My rage upon you…
Or bring extinction upon Ephraim.
For I am your God, not a man;
I'm the Holy One in your midst;
So, I will not enter your cities.

10 'But, they must [return to] Jehovah;
For, He will roar like a lion,
And startle their 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 encircled 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 is 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 he's traded olive oil down in Egypt.

2 'The Lord 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 your God!

7 'Yet, in [your land], you have unrighteous scales,
And you love to tyrannize others.
8 So Ephraim is saying, I am rich;
And I've found good 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 provide them with many visions;
For it's through the hands of the Prophets,
That I am being described.

11 'GilGal no longer exists,
Because their kings offered false sacrifices.
So their altars are now heaps of turtle manure…
The [manure] that is found in unplanted fields.

12 'To the plaines of Syria, Jacob traveled,
As IsraEl's servant searched for a woman;
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 the Lord 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 he died.

2 'Yet, they've continued to sin,
And to cast images of idols with their silver,
Which are finished by craftsmen thereafter,
Who say, We must sacrifice men,
Because the calves are all gone!

3 'For this, they are like morning fog,
And like morning dew, they'll be gone…
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,
To 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 there just came injustice,
And he started to cover his sins;
13 So the pangs of birth are now coming to him.
And even your 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 from 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 '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 been weakened.
2 Follow your own [good advice],
And turn back to Jehovah!

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

3 'Assyria will not be your savior,
And you'll never ride their war horses.
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 as Lebanon's [trees], he'll grow roots.

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,
As those who are godless are stumbled.'

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