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The Lord Offers to Forgive1 O Israel, return unto the LORD thy God; for thou hast fallen by thine iniquity.2 Take with you words, and turn to the LORD: say unto him, Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously: so will we render the calves of our lips.3 Asshur...

Idolatry Will Be Punished1 When Ephraim spake trembling, he exalted himself in Israel; but when he offended in Baal, he died.2 And now they sin more and more, and have made them molten images of their silver, and idols according to their own understanding, all of it the work of...

The People Ignored God’s Mighty Works1 Ephraim feedeth on wind, and followeth after the east wind: he daily increaseth lies and desolation; and they do make a covenant with the Assyrians, and oil is carried into Egypt.2 The LORD hath also a controversy with Judah, and will punish Jacob according...

Israel Is like a Bad Son1 When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt.2 As they called them, so they went from them: they sacrificed unto Baalim, and burned incense to graven images.3 I taught Ephraim also to go, taking them by...

Israel Is like a Rotten Vine1 Israel is an empty vine, he bringeth forth fruit unto himself: according to the multitude of his fruit he hath increased the altars; according to the goodness of his land they have made goodly images.2 Their heart is divided; now shall they be found...

Distress and Captivity for Sins and Idolatry1 Rejoice not, O Israel, for joy, as other people: for thou hast gone a whoring from thy God, thou hast loved a reward upon every cornfloor.2 The floor and the winepress shall not feed them, and the new wine shall fail in her.3...

Destruction Is Threatened1 Set the trumpet to thy mouth. He shall come as an eagle against the house of the LORD, because they have transgressed my covenant, and trespassed against my law.2 Israel shall cry unto me, My God, we know thee.3 Israel hath cast off the thing that is...

God Reproves Israel for Many Sins1 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.2 And they consider not in their hearts that I remember...

Israel Rejected the Lord’s Promise1 Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.2 After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall...

The Lord’s Verdict against Israel1 Hear ye this, O priests; and hearken, ye house of Israel; and give ye ear, O house of the king; for judgment is toward you, because ye have been a snare on Mizpah, and a net spread upon Tabor.2 And the revolters are profound to...

God’s Judgments on the Sins of the People1 Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.2 By swearing, and lying, and killing,...

Hosea’s Adulterous Wife1 Then said the LORD unto me, Go yet, love a woman beloved of her friend, yet an adulteress, according to the love of the LORD toward the children of Israel, who look to other gods, and love flagons of wine.2 So I bought her to me for...

Israel Is the Lord’s Unfaithful Wife1 Say ye unto your brethren, Ammi; and to your sisters, Ruhamah.2 Plead with your mother, plead: for she is not my wife, neither am I her husband: let her therefore put away her whoredoms out of her sight, and her adulteries from between her...

Hosea Marries a Prostitute1 The word of the LORD that came unto Hosea, the son of Beeri, in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash, king of Israel.2 The beginning of the word of the LORD...