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Hosea Chapter 7 | Parsha:

1When I would heal Israel,
The guilt of Ephraim reveals itself
And the wickedness of Samaria.
For they have acted treacherously,
With thieves breaking in
And bands raiding outside.

2And they do not consider
That I remembered all their wickedness.
Why, their misdeeds have been all around them,
They have been ever before Me.

3In malice they make a king merry,
And officials in treachery.

4They commit adultery, all of them,
Like an oven fired by a baker,
Who desists from stoking only
From the kneading of the dough to its leavening.

5The day they made our king sick
[And] officials with the poison of wine,
He gave his hand to traitors.

6For they approach their ambush
With their hearts like an oven:
Through the night
Their baker has slept;
In the morning, it flares up
Like a blazing fire.

7They all get heated like an oven
And devour their rulers—
None of them calls to Me.
All their kings have fallen [by their hand].

8Ephraim is among the peoples;
He is rotting away.
Ephraim is like a cake—
Incapable of turning.

9Strangers have consumed his strength,
But he has taken no notice;
Also, mold is scattered over him,
But he has taken no notice.

10Though Israel’s pride has been humbled
Before his very eyes,
They have not turned back
To their God the Lord;
They have not sought Him
In spite of everything.

11Instead, Ephraim has acted
Like a silly dove with no mind:
They have appealed to Egypt!
They have gone to Assyria!

12When they go, I will spread
My net over them,
I will bring them down
Like birds of the sky;
I will chastise them
When I hear their bargaining.

13Woe to them
For straying from Me;
Destruction to them
For rebelling against Me!
For I was their Redeemer;
Yet they have plotted treason against Me.

14But they did not cry out to Me sincerely
As they lay wailing.
They debauch over new grain and new wine,
They are faithless to Me.

15
And they plot evil against

16They come back;
They have been of no use,
Like a slack bow.
Their officers shall fall by the sword,
Because of the stammering of their tongues.
Such shall be [the results of] their jabbering
In the land of Egypt.

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