HOSHEA (Hosea) 11:7 - 14:9(10)

7  "My people are bent towards backsliding from Me. Though they call to the Most High, He lifts none of them up.

8  "How could I give you up, Ephrayim? How could I hand you over, Yisra'ĕl? How could I make you like Aḏmah? How could I place you like Tseḇoyim? My heart turns within Me, all My compassion is kindled.

9  "I shall not let the heat of My wrath burn, I shall not turn to destroy Ephrayim. For I am Ěl, and not man, the Qadosh One in your midst, and I shall not come in enmity.

10  "Let them follow יהוה. Like a lion He roars. When He roars, then sons shall tremble from the west.

11  "They shall tremble like a bird from Mitsrayim, and like a dove from the land of Ashshur. And I shall let them dwell in their own houses," declares יהוה.

12  "Ephrayim has surrounded Me with lying, and the house of Yisra'ĕl with deceit. But Yahuḏah is still wandering with Ěl, and is true to the Qadosh One."

Hosea 12

 1  Ephrayim is feeding on wind, and pursuing an east wind. All the day he increases falsehood and ruin. And they make a covenant with Ashshur, and oil is sent to Mitsrayim.

2  And יהוה has a controversy with Yahuḏah, to punish Yaʽaqoḇ according to his ways, to repay him according to his deeds.

3  He took his brother by the heel in the womb, and in his strength he strove with Elohim.

4  He strove with the Messenger and overcame, he wept and sought His favour. He found Him in Bĕyth Ěl, and there He spoke to us - 

5  even יהוה Elohim of hosts, יהוה is His remembrance.

6  Therefore, return to your Elohim. Guard kindness and right-ruling, and wait on your Elohim continually.

7  A merchant! In his hand are scales of deceit, he loved to oppress.

8  And Ephrayim says, "Indeed, I have become rich, I have found wealth for myself. In all my labours they shall find in me no wickedness that is sin."

9  "But I am יהוה your Elohim since the land of Mitsrayim, again I shall make you dwell in tents as in the days of the Appointed time. 

10  "And I have spoken to the neḇi'im, and have increased visions. And through the nebi'im I gave parables."

11  Is Gilʽaḏ wicked? Certainly, they have been false! In Gilgal they have offered bulls. Also their altars are as heaps on a ploughed field.

12  And when Yaʽaqoḇ fled to the country of Aram, Yisra'ĕl served for a wife, and for a wife he kept watch.

13  And by a naḇi יהוה brought Yisra'ĕl out of Mitsrayim, and by a naḇi he was watched over.

14  Ephrayim has provoked most bitterly. So his Master left his blood-guilt on him, and repaid him for his reproach.

Hosea 13

1  When Ephrayim spoke there was trembling, he was lifted up in Yisra'ĕl. But through Baʽal he became guilty, and he died.

2  And now they sin more and more, and make for themselves moulded images from their silver, idols according to their skill, all of them the work of craftsmen. They say of them, "Let the men who slaughter kiss the calves!"

3  Therefore they shall be like a morning cloud, and like dew that goes away early, like chaff blown off from a threshing-floor, and like smoke from a window.

4  "But I am יהוה your Elohim since the land of Mitsrayim, and an Elohim besides Me you shall not know, for there is no Saviour besides Me.

5  "I knew you in the wilderness, in the land of drought.

6  "When they were fed they were satisfied. They were satisfied and their heart was exalted, therefore they forgot Me.

7  "So I become like a lion to them, like a leopard I watch by the way,

8  like a bear robbed of her young I attack them and rip open the enclosure of their heart. And there I devour them like a lion, a wild beast tear them apart.

9  "You have destroyed yourself, O Yisra'ĕl, but your help is in Me.

10  "Where is your sovereign now to save you in all your cities, and your rulers of whom you said, ‘Give me a sovereign and rulers'?

11  "I gave you a sovereign in My displeasure, but I took away in My wrath.

12  "The wickedness of Ephrayim is bound up, his sin is hidden.

13  "Pains of a woman in labour shall come upon him. He is not a wise son, for it is not the time that he should delay at the breaking forth of children.

14  "From the power of the grave I ransom them, from death I redeem them. Where is your plague, O Death? Where is your destruction, O Grave? Repentance is hidden from My eyes.

15  "Though he bears fruit among his brothers, an east wind comes, a wind from יהוה comes up from the wilderness, and it dries up his fountain, and his spring becomes dry - it plunders a treasure of all desirable objects.

16  "Shomeron is held guilty, for she has rebelled against her Elohim - they fall by the sword, their infants are dashed in pieces, and their pregnant women ripped open."

Hosea 14

1  O Yisra'ĕl, return to יהוה your Elohim, for you have stumbled by your wickedness.

2  Take words with you, and return to יהוה. Say to Him, "Take away all wickedness, and accept what is good, and we render the bulls of our lips. 

3  "Ashshur does not save us. We do not ride on horses, nor ever again do we say to the work of our hands, ‘Our mighty ones.' For the fatherless finds compassion in You."

4  "I shall heal their backsliding, I shall love them spontaneously, for My displeasure has turned away from him.

5  "I shall be like the dew to Yisra'ĕl. He shall blossom like the lily, and cast out his roots like Leḇanon.

6  "His branches shall spread, and his splendour shall be like an olive tree, and his fragrance like Leḇanon.

7  "Those who dwell under his shadow shall return. They shall revive like grain, and blossom like the vine, and become as fragrant as the wine of Leḇanon.

8  "What more has Ephrayim to do with idols? It is I who answer and look after him. I am like a green cypress tree, your fruit comes from Me."

9  Who is wise and understands these? Discerning and knows them? For the Ways of יהוה are straight, and the righteous walk in them, but the transgressors stumble in them.