Neviim Akharonim Hoshea / Hosea Chapter 7

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Efrayim's iniquity; The Wickedness of Israel Unveiled

7:1 When I would have healed Yisrael, then the iniquity of Efrayim was discovered, and the wickedness of Shomeron: 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 zakar all their wickedness: now their own doings have beset them about; they are before My face.

7:3 They make the melekh 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 melekh the princes have made [him] sick with bottles of wine; he stretched out his hand with scorners.

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 Efrayim, he hath mixed himself among the people; Efrayim is a uggah ("disc-like" 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 knoweth not.

7:10 And the ge'on (pride) of Yisrael testifieth to his face: and they do not return to YHWH (יהוה) their Elohim (אלהים), nor seek him for all this.

7:11 Efrayim also is like a silly dove without heart: they call to Mitzrayim, 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 eretz of Mitzrayim.

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שׁמרוןShomeron = “watch mountain

1) the region of northern Palestine associated with the northern kingdom of the 10 tribes of Yisrael which split from the kingdom after the death of Sholomo during the reign of his son Rehovoam and were ruled by Yerovoam

2) the capital city of the northern kingdom of Yisrael located 30 miles (50 kilometers) north of Yerushayim and 6 miles (10 kilometers) northwest of Shechem