Israel Unrepentant (continued)
7:1 When I would have healed Israel, then the
iniquity of Ephraim was discovered, and the wickedness of
Samaria: for they commit falsehood; and the thief cometh in,
and the troop of robbers spoileth without.
7:2 And they consider not in their hearts that I remember
all their wickedness: now their own doings have beset them
about; they are before my face.
7:3 They make the king glad with their wickedness, and the
princes with their lies.
7:4 They are all adulterers, as an oven heated by the
baker, who ceaseth from raising after he hath kneaded the
dough, until it be leavened.
7:5 In the day of our king the princes have made him sick
with bottles of wine; he stretched out his hand with
7:6 For they have made ready their heart like an oven,
whiles they lie in wait: their baker sleepeth all the night;
in the morning it burneth as a flaming fire.
7:7 They are all hot as an oven, and have devoured their
judges; all their kings are fallen: there is none among them
that calleth unto me.
7:8 Ephraim, he hath mixed himself among the people;
Ephraim is a cake not turned.
7:9 Strangers have devoured his strength, and he knoweth it
not: yea, gray hairs are here and there upon him, yet he
7:10 And the pride of Israel testifieth to his face: and
they do not return to the LORD their God, nor seek him for
7:11 Ephraim also is like a silly dove without heart: they
call to Egypt, they go to Assyria.
7:12 When they shall go, I will spread my net upon them; I
will bring them down as the fowls of the heaven; I will
chastise them, as their congregation hath heard.
7:13 Woe unto them! for they have fled from me: destruction
unto them! because they have transgressed against me: though
I have redeemed them, yet they have spoken lies against me.
7:14 And they have not cried unto me with their heart, when
they howled upon their beds: they assemble themselves for
corn and wine, and they rebel against me.
7:15 Though I have bound and strengthened their arms, yet
do they imagine mischief against me.
7:16 They return, but not to the most High: they are like a
deceitful bow: their princes shall fall by the sword for the
rage of their tongue: this shall be their derision in the
land of Egypt.