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Hosea 13

Ephraim's glory, by reason of idolatry, vanished.

Hosea 13:1 When Ephraim spake, there was trembling; he exalted himself in Israel; but when he offended in Baal, he died. Hosea 13:2 And now they sin more and more, and have made them molten images of their silver, even idols according to their own understanding, all of them the work of the craftsmen: they say of them, Let the men that sacrifice kiss the calves. Hosea 13:3 Therefore they shall be as the morning cloud, and as the dew that passeth early away, as the chaff that is driven with the whirlwind out of the threshing-floor, and as the smoke out of the chimney. Hosea 13:4 Yet I am Jehovah thy God from the land of Egypt; and thou shalt know no god but me, and besides me there is no saviour.

God's anger for their unkindness.

Hosea 13:5 I did know thee in the wilderness, in the land of great drought. Hosea 13:6 According to their pasture, so were they filled; they were filled, and their heart was exalted: therefore have they forgotten me. Hosea 13:7 Therefore am I unto them as a lion; as a leopard will I watch by the way; Hosea 13:8 I will meet them as a bear that is bereaved of her whelps, and will rend the caul of their heart; and there will I devour them like a lioness; the wild beast shall tear them.

A promise of God's mercy.

Hosea 13:9 It is thy destruction, O Israel, that [thou art] against me, against thy help. Hosea 13:10 Where now is thy king, that he may save thee in all thy cities? and thy judges, of whom thou saidst, Give me a king and princes? Hosea 13:11 I have given thee a king in mine anger, and have taken him away in my wrath. Hosea 13:12 The iniquity of Ephraim is bound up; his sin is laid up in store. Hosea 13:13 The sorrows of a travailing woman shall come upon him: he is an unwise son; for it is time he should not tarry in the place of the breaking forth of children. Hosea 13:14 I will ransom them from the power of Sheol; I will redeem them from death: O death, where are thy plagues? O Sheol, where is thy destruction? repentance shall be hid from mine eyes.

A judgment for rebellion.

Hosea 13:15 Though he be fruitful among his brethren, an east wind shall come, the breath of Jehovah coming up from the wilderness; and his spring shall become dry, and his fountain shall be dried up: he shall make spoil of the treasure of all goodly vessels. Hosea 13:16 Samaria shall bear her guilt; for she hath rebelled against her God: they shall fall by the sword; their infants shall be dashed in pieces, and their women with child shall be ripped up.

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