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The Incorruptible Emotions of God

Hosea 6:4-11:11

4What shall I do with you, O Ephraim? What shall I do with you, O Judah? For your loyalty is like a morning cloud And like the dew which goes away early.
5Therefore I have hewn them in pieces by the prophets; I have slain them by the words of My mouth; And the judgments on you are like the light that goes forth.
6For I delight in loyalty rather than sacrifice, And in the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.
7But like Adam they have transgressed the covenant; There they have dealt treacherously against Me.
8Gilead is a city of wrongdoers, Tracked with bloody footprints.
9And as raiders wait for a man, So a band of priests murder on the way to Shechem; Surely they have committed crime.
10In the house of Israel I have seen a horrible thing; Ephraim’s harlotry is there, Israel has defiled itself.
11Also, O Judah, there is a harvest appointed for you, When I restore the fortunes of My people.
1When I would heal Israel, The iniquity of Ephraim is uncovered, And the evil deeds of Samaria, For they deal falsely; The thief enters in, Bandits raid outside,
2And they do not consider in their hearts That I remember all their wickedness. Now their deeds are all around them; They are before My face.
3With their wickedness they make the king glad, And the princes with their lies.
4They are all adulterers, Like an oven heated by the baker Who ceases to stir up the fire From the kneading of the dough until it is leavened.
5On the day of our king, the princes became sick with the heat of wine; He stretched out his hand with scoffers,
6For their hearts are like an oven As they approach their plotting; Their anger smolders all night, In the morning it burns like a flaming fire.
7All of them are hot like an oven, And they consume their rulers; All their kings have fallen. None of them calls on Me.
8Ephraim mixes himself with the nations; Ephraim has become a cake not turned.
9Strangers devour his strength, Yet he does not know it; Gray hairs also are sprinkled on him, Yet he does not know it.
10Though the pride of Israel testifies against him, Yet they have not returned to the LORD their God, Nor have they sought Him, for all this.
11So Ephraim has become like a silly dove, without sense; They call to Egypt, they go to Assyria.
12When they go, I will spread My net over them; I will bring them down like the birds of the sky. I will chastise them in accordance with the proclamation to their assembly.
13Woe to them, for they have strayed from Me! Destruction is theirs, for they have rebelled against Me! I would redeem them, but they speak lies against Me.
14And they do not cry to Me from their heart When they wail on their beds; For the sake of grain and new wine they assemble themselves, They turn away from Me.
15Although I trained and strengthened their arms, Yet they devise evil against Me.
16They turn, but not upward, They are like a deceitful bow; Their princes will fall by the sword Because of the insolence of their tongue. This will be their derision in the land of Egypt.
1Put the trumpet to your lips! Like an eagle the enemy comes against the house of the LORD, Because they have transgressed My covenant And rebelled against My law.
2They cry out to Me, “My God, we of Israel know You!”
3Israel has rejected the good; The enemy will pursue him.
4They have set up kings, but not by Me; They have appointed princes, but I did not know it. With their silver and gold they have made idols for themselves, That they might be cut off.
5He has rejected your calf, O Samaria, saying, “My anger burns against them!” How long will they be incapable of innocence?
6For from Israel is even this! A craftsman made it, so it is not God; Surely the calf of Samaria will be broken to pieces.
7For they sow the wind And they reap the whirlwind. The standing grain has no heads; It yields no grain. Should it yield, strangers would swallow it up.
8Israel is swallowed up; They are now among the nations Like a vessel in which no one delights.
9For they have gone up to Assyria, Like a wild donkey all alone; Ephraim has hired lovers.
10Even though they hire allies among the nations, Now I will gather them up; And they will begin to diminish Because of the burden of the king of princes.
11Since Ephraim has multiplied altars for sin, They have become altars of sinning for him.
12Though I wrote for him ten thousand precepts of My law, They are regarded as a strange thing.
13As for My sacrificial gifts, They sacrifice the flesh and eat it, But the LORD has taken no delight in them. Now He will remember their iniquity, And punish them for their sins; They will return to Egypt.
14For Israel has forgotten his Maker and built palaces; And Judah has multiplied fortified cities, But I will send a fire on its cities that it may consume its palatial dwellings.
1Do not rejoice, O Israel, with exultation like the nations! For you have played the harlot, forsaking your God. You have loved harlots’ earnings on every threshing floor.
2Threshing floor and wine press will not feed them, And the new wine will fail them.
3They will not remain in the LORDS land, But Ephraim will return to Egypt, And in Assyria they will eat unclean food.
4They will not pour out drink offerings of wine to the LORD, Their sacrifices will not please Him. Their bread willbe like mourners’ bread; All who eat of it will be defiled, For their bread will be for themselves alone; It will not enter the house of the LORD.
5What will you do on the day of the appointed festival And on the day of the feast of the LORD?
6For behold, they will go because of destruction; Egypt will gather them up, Memphis will bury them. Weeds will take over their treasures of silver; Thorns will be in their tents.
7The days of punishment have come, The days of retribution have come; Let Israel know this! The prophet is a fool, The inspired man is demented, Because of the grossness of your iniquity, And because your hostility is so great.
8Ephraim was a watchman with my God, a prophet; Yet the snare of a bird catcher is in all his ways, And there is only hostility in the house of his God.
9They have gone deep in depravity As in the days of Gibeah; He will remember their iniquity, He will punish their sins.
10I found Israel like grapes in the wilderness; I saw your forefathers as the earliest fruit on the fig tree in its first season. But they came to Baal-peor and devoted themselves to shame, And they became as detestable as that which they loved.
11As for Ephraim, their glory will fly away like a bird— No birth, no pregnancy and no conception!
12Though they bring up their children, Yet I will bereave them until not a man is left. Yes, woe to them indeed when I depart from them!
13Ephraim, as I have seen, Is planted in a pleasant meadow like Tyre; But Ephraim will bring out his children for slaughter.
14Give them, O LORD—what will You give? Give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts.
15All their evil is at Gilgal; Indeed, I came to hate them there! Because of the wickedness of their deeds I will drive them out of My house! I will love them no more; All their princes are rebels.
16Ephraim is stricken, their root is dried up, They will bear no fruit. Even though they bear children, I will slay the precious ones of their womb.
17My God will cast them away Because they have not listened to Him; And they will be wanderers among the nations.
1Israel is a luxuriant vine; He produces fruit for himself. The more his fruit, The more altars he made; The richer his land, The better he made the sacred pillars.
2Their heart is faithless; Now they must bear their guilt. The LORD will break down their altars And destroy their sacred pillars.
3Surely now they will say, “We have no king, For we do not revere the LORD. As for the king, what can he do for us?”
4They speak mere words, With worthless oaths they make covenants; And judgment sprouts like poisonous weeds in the furrows of the field.
5The inhabitants of Samaria will fear For the calf of Beth-aven. Indeed, its people will mourn for it, And its idolatrous priests will cry out over it, Over its glory, since it has departed from it.
6The thing itself will be carried to Assyria As tribute to King Jareb; Ephraim will be seized with shame And Israel will be ashamed of its own counsel.
7Samaria will be cut off with her king Like a stick on the surface of the water.
8Also the high places of Aven, the sin of Israel, will be destroyed; Thorn and thistle will grow on their altars; Then they will say to the mountains, “Cover us!” And to the hills, “Fall on us!”
9From the days of Gibeah you have sinned, O Israel; There they stand! Will not the battle against the sons of iniquity overtake them in Gibeah?
10When it is My desire, I will chastise them; And the peoples will be gathered against them When they are bound for their double guilt.
11Ephraim is a trained heifer that loves to thresh, But I will come over her fair neck with a yoke; I will harness Ephraim, Judah will plow, Jacob will harrow for himself.
12Sow with a view to righteousness, Reap in accordance with kindness; Break up your fallow ground, For it is time to seek the LORD Until He comes to rain righteousness on you.
13You have plowed wickedness, you have reaped injustice, You have eaten the fruit of lies. Because you have trusted in your way, in your numerous warriors,
14Therefore a tumult will arise among your people, And all your fortresses will be destroyed, As Shalman destroyed Beth-arbel on the day of battle, When mothers were dashed in pieces with their children.
15Thus it will be done to you at Bethel because of your great wickedness. At dawn the king of Israel will be completely cut off.
1When Israel was a youth I loved him, And out of Egypt I called My son.
2The more they called them, The more they went from them; They kept sacrificing to the Baals And burning incense to idols.
3Yet it is I who taught Ephraim to walk, I took them in My arms; But they did not know that I healed them.
4I led them with cords of a man, with bonds of love, And I became to them as one who lifts the yoke from their jaws; And I bent down and fed them.
5They will not return to the land of Egypt; But Assyria—he will be their king Because they refused to return to Me.
6The sword will whirl against their cities, And will demolish their gate bars And consume them because of their counsels.
7So My people are bent on turning from Me. Though they call them to the One on high, None at all exalts Him.
8How can I give you up, O Ephraim? How can I surrender you, O Israel? How can I make you like Admah? How can I treat you like Zeboiim? My heart is turned over within Me, All My compassions are kindled.
9I will not execute My fierce anger; I will not destroy Ephraim again. For I am God and not man, the Holy One in your midst, And I will not come in wrath.
10They will walk after the LORD, He will roar like a lion; Indeed He will roar And His sons will come trembling from the west.
11They will come trembling like birds from Egypt And like doves from the land of Assyria; And I will settle them in their houses, declares the LORD.