Hosea 14

14 Return, Israel, to the Lord your God.     Your sins have been your downfall! 2 Take words with you     and return to the Lord. Say to him:     “Forgive all our sins and receive us graciously,     that we may offer the fruit of our lips. 3 Assyria cannot save us;     we will not mount warhorses. We will never again say ‘Our gods’     to what […]

Hosea 13

13 When Ephraim spoke, people trembled;     he was exalted in Israel.     But he became guilty of Baal worship and died. 2 Now they sin more and more;     they make idols for themselves from their silver, cleverly fashioned images,     all of them the work of craftsmen. It is said of these people,     “They offer human sacrifices!     They kiss calf-idols!” 3 Therefore they will […]

Hosea 12

12 1 Ephraim feeds on the wind;     he pursues the east wind all day     and multiplies lies and violence. He makes a treaty with Assyria     and sends olive oil to Egypt. 2 The Lord has a charge to bring against Judah;     he will punish Jacob according to his ways     and repay him according to his deeds. 3 In the womb he grasped his […]

Hosea 11

11 “When Israel was a child, I loved him,     and out of Egypt I called my son. 2 But the more they were called,     the more they went away from me. They sacrificed to the Baals     and they burned incense to images. 3 It was I who taught Ephraim to walk,     taking them by the arms; but they did not […]

Hosea 10

10 Israel was a spreading vine;     he brought forth fruit for himself. As his fruit increased,     he built more altars; as his land prospered,     he adorned his sacred stones. 2 Their heart is deceitful,     and now they must bear their guilt. The Lord will demolish their altars     and destroy their sacred stones. 3 Then they will say, “We have no […]

Hosea 9

9 Do not rejoice, Israel;     do not be jubilant like the other nations. For you have been unfaithful to your God;     you love the wages of a prostitute     at every threshing floor. 2 Threshing floors and winepresses will not feed the people;     the new wine will fail them. 3 They will not remain in the Lord’s land;     Ephraim will return to Egypt     and […]

Hosea 8

8 “Put the trumpet to your lips!     An eagle is over the house of the Lord because the people have broken my covenant     and rebelled against my law. 2 Israel cries out to me,     ‘Our God, we acknowledge you!’ 3 But Israel has rejected what is good;     an enemy will pursue him. 4 They set up kings without my consent;     they choose […]

Hosea 7

7 1 whenever I would heal Israel, the sins of Ephraim are exposed     and the crimes of Samaria revealed. They practice deceit,     thieves break into houses,     bandits rob in the streets; 2 but they do not realize     that I remember all their evil deeds. Their sins engulf them;     they are always before me. 3 “They delight the king with their […]

Hosea 6

6 “Come, let us return to the Lord. He has torn us to pieces     but he will heal us; he has injured us     but he will bind up our wounds. 2 After two days he will revive us;     on the third day he will restore us,     that we may live in his presence. 3 Let us acknowledge the Lord;     let us press on […]

Hosea 5

5 “Hear this, you priests!     Pay attention, you Israelites! Listen, royal house!     This judgment is against you: You have been a snare at Mizpah,     a net spread out on Tabor. 2 The rebels are knee-deep in slaughter.     I will discipline all of them. 3 I know all about Ephraim;     Israel is not hidden from me. Ephraim, you have now turned to prostitution; […]