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Hosea Chapter 1

Hosea 1:1 (AMP)

1 The word of the Lord that came to Hosea son of Beeri in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam son of Joash king of Israel.

Hosea 1:2 (NASB)

2 When the Lord first spoke through Hosea, the Lord said to Hosea, “Go, take to yourself a wife of harlotry and have children of harlotry; for the land commits flagrant harlotry, forsaking the Lord.”

Hosea 1:3 (NIV)

3 So he married Gomer daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son.

Hosea 1:4 (NIV)

4 Then the Lord said to Hosea, “Call him Jezreel, because I will soon punish the house of Jehu for the massacre at Jezreel, and I will put an end to the kingdom of Israel.

Hosea 1:5 (NASB)

5 “On that day I will break the bow of Israel in the valley of Jezreel.”

Hosea 1:6 (AMP)

6 And [Gomer] conceived again and bore a daughter. And the Lord said to Hosea, Call her name Lo-Ruhamah or Not-pitied, for I will no more have love, pity, and mercy on the house of Israel, that I should in any way pardon them.

Hosea 1:7 (NIV)

7 Yet I will show love to the house of Judah; and I will save them–not by bow, sword or battle, or by horses and horsemen, but by the Lord their God.”

Hosea 1:8 (AMP)

8 Now when [Gomer] had weaned Lo-Ruhamah [Not-pitied], she became pregnant [again] and bore a son.

Hosea 1:9 (AMP)

9 And the Lord said, Call his name Lo-Ammi [Not-my-people], for you are not My people and I am not your God.

Hosea 1:10 (CJB)-M

10 “Nevertheless, the people of Israel will number as many as the grains of sand by the sea, which cannot be measured or counted; so that the time will come when, instead of being told, ‘You are not my people,’ it will be said to them, ‘You are the children of the living God.’

Hosea 1:11 (AMP)

11 Then shall the children of Judah and the children of Israel be gathered together and appoint themselves one head, and they shall go up out of the land, for great shall be the day of Jezreel [for the spiritually reborn Israel, a divine offspring, the people whom the Lord has blessed.]

Hosea Chapter 2

Hosea 2:1 (AMP)

1 [Hosea], say to your brethren, Ammi [or You-are-my-people], and to your sisters, Ruhamah [or You-have-been-pitied-and-have-obtained-mercy].

Hosea 2:2 (AMP)

2 Plead with your mother [your nation]; plead, for she is not My wife and I am not her Husband; [plead] that she put away her [marks of] harlotry from her face and her adulteries from between her breasts,

Hosea 2:3 (NIV)

3 Otherwise I will strip her naked and make her as bare as on the day she was born; I will make her like a desert, turn her into a parched land, and slay her with thirst.

Hosea 2:4 (NASB)

4 “Also, I will have no compassion on her children, Because they are children of harlotry.

Hosea 2:5 (AMP)

5 For their mother has played the harlot; she who conceived them has done shamefully, for she said, I will go after my lovers that give me my food and my water, my wool and my flax, my oil and my refreshing drinks.

Hosea 2:6 (AMP)

6 Therefore, behold, I [the Lord God] will hedge up her way [even yours, O Israel] with thorns; and I will build a wall against her that she shall not find her paths.

Hosea 2:7 (NIV)

7 She will chase after her lovers but not catch them; she will look for them but not find them. Then she will say, ‘I will go back to my husband as at first, for then I was better off than now.’

Hosea 2:8 (AMP)

8 For she has not noticed, understood, or realized that it was I [the Lord God] Who gave her the grain and the new wine and the fresh oil, and Who lavished upon her silver and gold which they used for Baal and made into his image.

Hosea 2:9 (AMP)

9 Therefore will I return and take back My grain in the time for it and My new wine in the season for it, and will pluck away and recover My wool and My flax which were to cover her [Israel’s] nakedness.

Hosea 2:10 (AMP)

10 And now will I uncover her lewdness and her shame in the sight of her lovers, and no one shall rescue her out of My hand.

Hosea 2:11 (AMP)

11 I will also cause to cease all her mirth, her feastmaking, her New Moons, her Sabbaths, and all her solemn feasts and appointed festive assemblies.

Hosea 2:12 (NIV)

12 I will ruin her vines and her fig trees, which she said were her pay from her lovers; I will make them a thicket, and wild animals will devour them.

Hosea 2:13 (NIV)

13 I will punish her for the days she burned incense to the Baals; she decked herself with rings and jewelry, and went after her lovers, but me she forgot,” declares the Lord.

Hosea 2:14 (AMP)

14 Therefore, behold, I will allure her [Israel] and bring her into the wilderness, and I will speak tenderly and to her heart.

Hosea 2:15 (NIV)

15 There I will give her back her vineyards, and will make the Valley of Achor a door of hope. There she will sing as in the days of he youth, as in the day she came up out of Egypt.

Hosea 2:16 (NIV)

16 “In that day,” declares the Lord, “you will call me ‘my husband’; you will no longer call me ‘my master.’

Hosea 2:17 (NIV)

17 I will remove the names of the Baals from her lips; no longer will their names be invoked.

Hosea 2:18 (AMP)

18 And in that day will I make a covenant for Israel with the living creatures of the open country and with the birds of the heavens and with the creeping things of the ground. And I will break the bow and the sword and [abolish battle equipment and] conflict out of the land and will make you lie down safely.

Hosea 2:19 (AMP)

19 And I will betroth you to Me forever; yes, I will betroth you to Me in righteousness and justice, in steadfast love, and in mercy.

Hosea 2:20 (NASB)

20 And I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness. Then you will know the Lord.

Hosea 2:21 (AMP)

21 And in that day I will respond, says the Lord; I will respond to the heavens [which ask for rain to pour on the earth], and they shall respond to the earth [which begs for the rain it needs],

Hosea 2:22 (AMP)

22 And the earth shall respond to the grain and the wine and the oil [which beseech it to bring them forth], and these shall respond to Jezreel [restored Israel, who prays for a supply of them].

Hosea 2:23 (AMP)

23 And I will sow her for Myself anew in the land, and I will have love, pity, and mercy for her who had not obtained love, pity, and mercy; and I will say to those who were not My people, You are My people, and they shall say, You are my God!

Hosea Chapter 3

Hosea 3:1 (AMP)

1 Then said the Lord to me, Go again, love [the same] woman [Gomer] who is beloved of a paramour and is an adulteress, even as the Lord loves the children of Israel, though they turn to other gods and love cakes of raisins [used in the sacrificial feasts in idol worship].

Hosea 3:2 (AMP)

2 So I bought her for fifteen pieces of silver and a homer and a half of barley [the price of a slave].

Hosea 3:3 (AMP)

3 And I said to her, You shall be [betrothed] to me for many days; you shall not play the harlot and you shall not belong to another man. So will I also be to you [until you have proved your loyalty to me and our marital relations may be resumed].

Hosea 3:4 (NIV)

4 For the Israelites will live many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or sacred stones, without ephod or idol.

Hosea 3:5 (NIV)

5 Afterward the Israelites will return and seek the Lord their God and David their king. They will come trembling to the Lord and to his blessings in the last days.

Hosea Chapter 4

Hosea 4:1 (NIV)

1 Hear the word of the Lord, you Israelites, because the Lord has a charge to bring against you who live in the land: “There is no faithfulness, no love, no acknowledgment of God in the land.

Hosea 4:2 (NIV)

2 There is only cursing, lying and murder, stealing and adultery; they break all bounds, and bloodshed follows bloodshed.

Hosea 4:3 (NASB)

3 Therefore the land mourns, And everyone who lives in it languishes Along with the beasts of the field and the birds of the sky, And also the fish of the sea disappear.

Hosea 4:4 (NIV)

4 “But let no man bring a charge, let no man accuse another, for your people are like those who bring charges against a priest.

Hosea 4:5 (AMP)

5 And you shall stumble in the daytime, and the [false] prophet also shall stumble with you in the night; and I will destroy your mother [the priestly nation].

Hosea 4:6 (AMP)

6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you [the priestly nation] have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you that you shall be no priest to Me; seeing you have forgotten the law of your God, I will also forget your children.

Hosea 4:7 (AMP)

7 The more they increased and multiplied [in prosperity and power], the more they sinned against Me; I will change their glory into shame.

Hosea 4:8 (NASB)

8 They feed on the sin of My people And direct their desire toward their iniquity.

Hosea 4:9 (NIV)

9 And it will be: Like people, like priests. I will punish both of them for their ways and repay them for their deeds.

Hosea 4:10 (NASB)

10 They will eat, but not have enough; They will play the harlot, but not increase, Because they have stopped giving heed to the Lord.

Hosea 4:11 (AMP)

11 Harlotry and wine and new wine take away the heart and the mind and the spiritual understanding.

Hosea 4:12 (AMP)

12 My people [habitually] ask counsel of their [senseless] wood [idols], and their staff [of wood] gives them oracles and instructs them. For the spirit of harlotry has led them astray and they have played the harlot, withdrawing themselves from subjection to their God.

Hosea 4:13 (NIV)

13 They sacrifice on the mountaintops and burn offerings on the hills, under oak, poplar and terebinth, where the shade is pleasant. Therefore your daughters turn to prostitution and your daughters-in-law to adultery.

Hosea 4:14 (AMP)

14 I will not punish your daughters when they play the harlot nor your daughters-in-law when they commit adultery, for [the fathers and husbands] themselves go aside in order to be alone with women who prostitute themselves for gain, and they sacrifice at the altar with dedicated harlots [who surrender their chastity in honor of the goddess]. Therefore the people without understanding shall stumble and fall and come to ruin.

Hosea 4:15 (NIV)

15 “Though you commit adultery, O Israel, let not Judah become guilty. “Do not go to Gilgal; do not go up to Beth Aven. And do not swear, ‘As surely as the Lord lives!’

Hosea 4:16 (AMP)

16 For Israel has behaved stubbornly, like a stubborn heifer. How then should he expect to be fed and treated by the Lord like a lamb in a large pasture?

Hosea 4:17 (AMP)

17 Ephraim is joined [fast] to idols, [so] let him alone [to take the consequences].

Hosea 4:18 (NIV)

18 Even when their drinks are gone, they continue their prostitution; their rulers dearly love shameful ways.

Hosea 4:19 (NIV)

19 A whirlwind will sweep them away, and their sacrifices will bring them shame.

Hosea Chapter 5

Hosea 5:1 (NIV)

1 “Hear this, you priests! Pay attention, you Israelites! Listen, O royal house! This judgment is against you: You have been a snare at Mizpah, a net spread out on Tabor.

Hosea 5:2 (NASB)

2 The revolters have gone deep in depravity, But I will chastise all of them.

Hosea 5:3 (AMP)

3 I know Ephraim, and Israel is not hid from Me; for now, O Ephraim, you have played the harlot and have worshiped idols; Israel is defiled.

Hosea 5:4 (NASB)

4 Their deeds will not allow them to return to their God. For a spirit of harlotry is within them, And they do not know the Lord.

Hosea 5:5 (AMP)

5 But the pride and self-reliance of Israel testifies before his [own] face. Therefore shall [all] Israel, and [especially] Ephraim [the northern ten tribes], totter and fall in their iniquity and guilt, and Judah shall stumble and fall with them.

Hosea 5:6 (AMP)

6 They shall go with their flocks and with their herds to seek the Lord [inquiring for and requiring Him], but they will not find Him; He has withdrawn Himself from them.

Hosea 5:7 (NIV)

7 They are unfaithful to the Lord; they give birth to illegitimate children. Now their New Moon festivals will devour them and their fields.

Hosea 5:8 (AMP)

8 Blow the horn in Gibeah and the trumpet in Ramah [both lofty hills on Benjamin’s northern border]. Sound the alarm at Beth-aven: [the enemy is] behind you and after you, O Benjamin [be on your guard]!

Hosea 5:9 (NIV)

9 Ephraim will be laid waste on the day of reckoning. Among the tribes of Israel I proclaim what is certain.

Hosea 5:10 (AMP)

10 The princes of Judah are like those who remove the landmark [the barrier between right and wrong]; I will pour out My wrath upon them like water.

Hosea 5:11 (AMP)

11 Ephraim is oppressed; he is broken and crushed by [divine] judgment, because he was content to walk after idols (images) and man’s [evil] command (vanities and filth).

Hosea 5:12 (AMP)

12 Therefore I am like a moth to Ephraim and like dry rot to the house of Judah [in My judgment against them].

Hosea 5:13 (AMP)

13 When Ephraim saw his sickness and Judah saw his wound, then Ephraim went to Assyria and sent to [Assyria’s] great King Jareb [for help]. Yet he cannot heal you nor will he cure you of your wound [received in divine judgment].

Hosea 5:14 (AMP)

14 For I will be to Ephraim like a lion, and like a young lion to the house of Judah. I, even I, will rend and go on [rending]; I will carry off and there will be no one to deliver.

Hosea 5:15 (AMP)

15 I will return to My place [on high] until they acknowledge their offense and feel their guilt and seek My face; in their affliction and distress they will seek, inquire for, and require Me earnestly, saying,

Hosea Chapter 6

Hosea 6:1 (AMP)

1 COME AND let us return to the Lord, for He has torn so that He may heal us; He has stricken so that He may bind us up.

Hosea 6:2 (AMP)

2 After two days He will revive us (quicken us, give us life); on the third day He will raise us up that we may live before Him.

Hosea 6:3 (AMP)

3 Yes, let us know (recognize, be acquainted with, and understand) Him; let us be zealous to know the Lord [to appreciate, give heed to, and cherish Him]. His going forth is prepared and certain as the dawn, and He will come to us as the [heavy] rain, as the latter rain that waters the earth.

Hosea 6:4 (AMP)

4 O Ephraim, what shall I do with you? [says the Lord] O Judah, what shall I do with you? For your [wavering] love and kindness are like the night mist or like the dew that goes early away.

Hosea 6:5 (NIV)

5 Therefore I cut you in pieces with my prophets, I killed you with the words of my mouth; my judgments flashed like lightning upon you.

Hosea 6:6 (NIV)

6 For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.

Hosea 6:7 (NIV)

7 Like Adam, they have broken the covenant– they were unfaithful to me there.

Hosea 6:8 (NIV)

8 Gilead is a city of wicked men, stained with footprints of blood.

Hosea 6:9 (NIV)

9 As marauders lie in ambush for a man, so do bands of priests; they murder on the road to Shechem, committing shameful crimes.

Hosea 6:10 (NIV)

10 I have seen a horrible thing in the house of Israel. There Ephraim is given to prostitution and Israel is defiled.

Hosea 6:11 (AMP)

11 Also, O Judah, there is a harvest [of divine judgment] appointed for you; when I would return My people from their captivity [in which they are slaves to the misery brought on by their own sins],

Hosea Chapter 7

Hosea 7:1 (NIV)

1 “Whenever I would restore the fortunes of my people, 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;

Hosea 7:2 (NIV)

2 but they do not realize that I remember all their evil deeds. Their sins engulf them; they are always before me.

Hosea 7:3 (AMP)

3 They make the king glad with their wickedness, and the princes with their lies.

Hosea 7:4 (CJB)

4 They are all adulterers, like an oven heated by the baker, who doesn’t stoke the fire from kneading time till the dough has risen.

Hosea 7:5 (NIV)

5 On the day of the festival of our king the princes become inflamed with wine, and he joins hands with the mockers.

Hosea 7:6 (AMP)

6 For they have made ready their heart, and their mind burns [with intrigue] like an oven while they lie in wait. Their anger smolders all night; in the morning it blazes forth as a flaming fire.

Hosea 7:7 (CJB)

7 They are all as hot as an oven, and they devour their judges. All their kings have fallen; not one of them calls out to me.

Hosea 7:8 (AMP)

8 Ephraim mixes himself among the peoples [courting the favor of first one country, then another]; Ephraim is a cake not turned.

Hosea 7:9 (CJB)

9 Foreigners have eaten up his strength, but he doesn’t know it; yes, gray hairs appear on him here and there, but he doesn’t know it.

Hosea 7:10 (NIV)

10 Israel’s arrogance testifies against him, but despite all this he does not return to the Lord his God or search for him.

Hosea 7:11 (NIV)

11 “Ephraim is like a dove, easily deceived and senseless– now calling to Egypt, now turning to Assyria.

Hosea 7:12 (AMP)

12 As they go, I will spread My net over them; I will bring them down like birds of the heavens. I will chastise them according to the announcement [or prediction made] to their congregation [in the Scriptures].

Hosea 7:13 (NIV)

13 Woe to them, because they have strayed from me! Destruction to them, because they have rebelled against me! I long to redeem them but they speak lies against me.

Hosea 7:14 (NIV)

14 They do not cry out to me from their hearts but wail upon their beds. They gather together for grain and new wine but turn away from me.

Hosea 7:15 (CJB)

15 It was I who trained and strengthened their arms, yet they plot evil against me.

Hosea 7:16 (AMP)

16 They turn back, shift, or change, but not upwards [to the Most High]. They are like a deceitful bow; their princes shall fall by the sword for the insolence and rage of their tongue. This shall be [cause for] their derision and scorning in the land of Egypt.

Hosea Chapter 8

Hosea 8:1 (AMP)

1 Set the trumpet to your lips! [The enemy] comes as a [great] vulture against the house of the Lord, because they have broken My covenant and transgressed against My law.

Hosea 8:2 (CJB)-M

2 Will they cry out to me, ‘We are Israel, God, we know you’?

Hosea 8:3 (AMP)

3 Israel has rejected the good [with loathing]; the enemy shall pursue him.

Hosea 8:4 (NIV)

4 They set up kings without my consent; they choose princes without my approval. With their silver and gold they make idols for themselves to their own destruction.

Hosea 8:5 (AMP)

5 Your calf [idol], O Samaria, is loathsome and I have spurned it. My wrath burns against them. How long will it be before they attain purity?

Hosea 8:7 (CJB)

7 For they sow the wind, so they will reap the whirlwind. The standing grain has no ears, so it will yield no flour; and if it does yield any, foreigners will swallow it up.

Hosea 8:8 (AMP)

8 Israel is [as if] swallowed up. Already they have become among the nations as a vessel [of cheap, coarse pottery] that is useless.

Hosea 8:9 (NIV)

9 For they have gone up to Assyria like a wild donkey wandering alone. Ephraim has sold herself to lovers.

Hosea 8:10 (NIV)

10 Although they have sold themselves among the nations, I will now gather them together. They will begin to waste away under the oppression of the mighty king.

Hosea 8:11 (NASB)

11 Since Ephraim has multiplied altars for sin, They have become altars of sinning for him.

Hosea 8:12 (NASB)

12 Though I wrote for him ten thousand precepts of My law, They are regarded as a strange thing.

Hosea 8:13 (AMP)

13 My sacrificial gifts they sacrifice [as a mere form]; yes, they sacrifice flesh and eat it, but the Lord does not accept them. Now He will [earnestly] remember their guilt and iniquity and will punish their sins. They shall return to [another] Egypt [Assyria].

Hosea 8:14 (AMP)

14 For Israel has forgotten his Maker and built palaces and idol temples, and Judah has multiplied fortified cities; but I will send a fire upon his cities and it shall devour his palaces and fortified buildings.

Hosea Chapter 9

Hosea 9:1 (NIV)

1 Do not rejoice, O 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.

Hosea 9:2 (NIV)

2 Threshing floors and winepresses will not feed the people; the new wine will fail them.

Hosea 9:3 (AMP)

3 They shall not remain in the Lord’s land, but Ephraim shall return to [another] Egypt and they shall eat unclean food in Assyria.

Hosea 9:4 (AMP)

4 They shall not pour out wine offerings to the Lord, neither shall they be pleasing to Him. Their sacrifices shall be to them as the bread of mourners; all who eat of them shall be defiled, for their bread shall be [only] for their appetite; it shall not come into the house of the Lord [to be offered first to Him].

Hosea 9:5 (AMP)

5 What will you do on the day of the appointed solemn assembly or festival and on the day of the feast of the Lord [when you are in exile]?

Hosea 9:6 (CJB)

6 For suppose they escape the destruction — Egypt will round them up, Memphis will bury them. And their precious treasures of silver? Nettles will possess them, thorns will be in their tents.

Hosea 9:7 (AMP)

7 The days of visitation and punishment have come; the days of recompense have come; Israel shall know it. The prophet is [considered] a crazed fool and the man who is inspired is [treated as if] mad or a fanatic, because of the abundance of your iniquity and because the enmity, hostility, and persecution are great.

Hosea 9:8 (AMP)

8 Ephraim was [intended to be] a watchman with my God [and a prophet to the surrounding nations]; but he, that prophet, has become a fowler’s snare in all his ways. There is enmity, hostility, and persecution in the house of his God.

Hosea 9:9 (AMP)

9 They have deeply corrupted themselves as in the days of Gibeah. The Lord will [earnestly] remember their iniquity; He will punish their sins.

Hosea 9:10 (AMP)

10 I found Israel like grapes in the wilderness; I saw your fathers as the first ripe fruit on the fig tree in its first season, but they went to Baal-peor and consecrated themselves to that shameful thing [Baal], and they became detestable and loathsome like that which they loved.

Hosea 9:11 (NASB)

11 As for Ephraim, their glory will fly away like a bird— No birth, no pregnancy and no conception!

Hosea 9:12 (NIV)

12 Even if they rear children, I will bereave them of every one. Woe to them when I turn away from them!

Hosea 9:13 (NIV)

13 I have seen Ephraim, like Tyre, planted in a pleasant place. But Ephraim will bring out their children to the slayer.”

Hosea 9:14 (AMP)

14 Give them [their due], O Lord! [But] what will You give? Give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts.

Hosea 9:15 (NIV)

15 “Because of all their wickedness in Gilgal, I hated them there. Because of their sinful deeds, I will drive them out of my house. I will no longer love them; all their leaders are rebellious.

Hosea 9:16 (NIV)

16 Ephraim is blighted, their root is withered, they yield no fruit. Even if they bear children, I will slay their cherished offspring.”

Hosea 9:17 (AMP)

17 My God will cast them away because they did not listen to and obey Him, and they shall be wanderers and fugitives among the nations.

Hosea Chapter 10

Hosea 10:1 (AMP)

1 Israel is a luxuriant vine that puts forth its [material] fruit. According to the abundance of his fruit he has multiplied his altars [to idols]; according to the goodness and prosperity of their land they have made goodly pillars or obelisks [to false gods].

Hosea 10:2 (AMP)

2 Their heart is divided and deceitful; now shall they be found guilty and suffer punishment. The Lord will smite and break down [the horns of] their altars; He will destroy their [idolatrous] pillars.

Hosea 10:3 (NIV)

3 Then they will say, “We have no king because we did not revere the Lord. But even if we had a king, what could he do for us?”

Hosea 10:4 (NIV)

4 They make many promises, take false oaths and make agreements; therefore lawsuits spring up like poisonous weeds in a plowed field.

Hosea 10:5 (AMP)

5 The inhabitants of Samaria shall be in terror for the calf [idol] of Beth-aven [the house of idolatry, contemptuously meaning Bethel], for its people shall mourn over it and its [idolatrous] priests who rejoiced over it [shall tremble] for the glory of [their calf god], because it is departed from it.

Hosea 10:6 (AMP)

6 [The golden calf] shall also be carried into Assyria as a tribute-gift to the fighting King Jareb; Ephraim shall be put to shame and Israel shall be ashamed of his own counsel [to set up calf worship and detach Israel from Judah].

Hosea 10:7 (NIV)

7 Samaria and its king will float away like a twig on the surface of the waters.

Hosea 10:8 (NIV)

8 The high places of wickedness will be destroyed– it is the sin of Israel. Thorns and thistles will grow up and cover their altars. Then they will say to the mountains, “Cover us!” and to the hills, “Fall on us!”

Hosea 10:9 (AMP)

9 O Israel, you have [willfully] sinned from the days of Gibeah [when you all but wiped out the tribe of Benjamin]! There [Israel] stood [then, only] that the battle against the sons of unrighteousness might not overtake and turn against them at Gibeah [but now the kingdom of the ten tribes and the name of Ephraim shall be utterly blotted out].

Hosea 10:10 (AMP)

10 When I please I will chastise them, and hostile peoples shall be gathered against them when I shall bind and yoke them for their two transgressions [revolt from the Lord their God and the worship of idols].

Hosea 10:11 (AMP)

11 Ephraim indeed is a heifer broken in and loving to tread out the grain, but I have [heretofore] spared the beauty of her fair neck. I will now set a rider upon Ephraim and make him to draw; Judah shall plow and Jacob shall break his clods.

Hosea 10:12 (NIV)

12 Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the Lord, until he comes and showers righteousness on you.

Hosea 10:13 (NIV)

13 But you have planted wickedness, you have reaped evil, you have eaten the fruit of deception. Because you have depended on your own strength and on your many warriors,

Hosea 10:14 (NIV)

14 the roar of battle will rise against your people, so that all your fortresses will be devastated– as Shalman devastated Beth Arbel on the day of battle, when mothers were dashed to the ground with their children.

Hosea 10:15 (NIV)

15 Thus will it happen to you, O Bethel, because your wickedness is great. When that day dawns, the king of Israel will be completely destroyed.

Hosea Chapter 11

Hosea 11:1 (NIV)

1 “When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son.

Hosea 11:2 (AMP)

2 The more [the prophets] called to them, the more they went from them; they kept sacrificing to the Baals and burning incense to the graven images.

Hosea 11:3 (NASB)

3 Yet it is I who taught Ephraim to walk, I took them in My arms; But they did not know that I healed them.

Hosea 11:4 (AMP)

4 I drew them with cords of a man, with bands of love, and I was to them as one who lifts up and eases the yoke over their cheeks, and I bent down to them and gently laid food before them.

Hosea 11:5 (AMP)

5 They shall not [literally] return into [another bondage in] the land of Egypt, but the Assyrian shall be their king because they refused to return to Me.

Hosea 11:6 (AMP)

6 And the sword shall rage against and fall upon their cities and shall consume the bars of their gates and shall make an end [of their defenses], because of their own counsels and devices.

Hosea 11:7 (AMP)

7 My people are bent on backsliding from Me; though [the prophets] call them to Him Who is on high, none at all will exalt Him or lift himself up [to come to Him].

Hosea 11:8 (AMP)

8 How can I give you up, O Ephraim! How can I surrender you and cast you off, O Israel! How can I make you as Admah or how can I treat you as Zeboiim [both destroyed with Sodom]! My heart recoils within Me; My compassions are kindled together.

Hosea 11:9 (NIV)

9 I will not carry out my fierce anger, nor will I turn and devastate Ephraim. For I am God, and not man– the Holy One among you. I will not come in wrath.

Hosea 11:10 (AMP)

10 They shall walk after the Lord, Who will roar like a lion; He Himself will roar and [His] sons shall come trembling and eagerly from the west.

Hosea 11:11 (NIV)

11 They will come trembling like birds from Egypt, like doves from Assyria. I will settle them in their homes,” declares the Lord.

Hosea 11:12 (AMP)

12 Ephraim surrounds Me with lies and the house of Israel with deceit, and Judah is not yet steadfast with God, with the faithful Holy One.

Hosea Chapter 12

Hosea 12:1 (NIV)

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.

Hosea 12:2 (NIV)

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.

Hosea 12:3 (HCSB)

3 In the womb he grasped his brother’s heel, and as an adult he wrestled with God.

Hosea 12:4 (7KB)

4 He struggled with the angel and overcame him; the angel wept and begged for his favor saying “Let me go!” (but not unless he first blessed Jacob). He found God at Bethel and talked with him there–

Hosea 12:5 (7KB)

5 Jacob found the Lord the God of hosts, the name of Him [Who spoke with Jacob] is the Lord.

Hosea 12:6 (NASB)

6 Therefore, return to your God, Observe kindness and justice, And wait for your God continually.

Hosea 12:7 (AMP)

7 Canaan [Israel—whose ideals have sunk to those of Canaan] is a trader; the balances of deceit are in his hand; he loves to oppress and defraud.

Hosea 12:8 (NIV)

8 Ephraim boasts, “I am very rich; I have become wealthy. With all my wealth they will not find in me any iniquity or sin.”

Hosea 12:9 (AMP)

9 But I [Who] am the Lord your God from [when you became a nation in] the land of Egypt will yet make you to dwell in tents, as in the days of the appointed and solemn Feast [of Tabernacles].

Hosea 12:10 (AMP)

10 I have also spoken to [you by] the prophets, and I have multiplied visions [for you] and [have appealed to you] through parables acted out by the prophets.

Hosea 12:11 (AMP)

11 If Gilead is given over to idolatry, they shall come to nought and be mere waste; if they [insult God by] sacrificing bullocks in Gilgal [on heathen altars], their altars shall be like heaps in the furrows of the fields.

Hosea 12:12 (AMP)

12 Jacob fled into the open country of Aram or Padan-aram, and [there] Israel served for a wife, and for a wife he herded sheep.

Hosea 12:13 (AMP)

13 And by a prophet the Lord brought Israel out of Egypt, and by a prophet was [Israel] preserved.

Hosea 12:14 (NIV)

14 But Ephraim has bitterly provoked him to anger; his Lord will leave upon him the guilt of his bloodshed and will repay him for his contempt.

Hosea Chapter 13

Hosea 13:1 (AMP)

1 When Ephraim spoke with trembling, he exalted himself in Israel; but when he offended and became guilty in Baal worship, he died [spiritually, and then outward ruin came also, sealing Israel’s doom as a nation].

Hosea 13:2 (AMP)

2 And now they sin more and more and have made for themselves molten images of their silver, even idols according to their own understanding [as it pleased them], all of them the work of the craftsmen. To these [very works of their hands] they speak or pray who sacrifice to them; they kiss and show homage to the calves [as if they were alive]!

Hosea 13:3 (AMP)

3 Therefore they shall be like the morning mist or like the dew that passes early away, like the chaff that swirls with the whirlwind from the threshing floor and as the smoke out of the chimney or through the window.

Hosea 13:4 (AMP)

4 Yet I am the Lord your God from [the time you became a nation in] the land of Egypt, and you shall know or recognize no God but Me, for there is no Savior besides Me.

Hosea 13:5 (NASB)

5 I cared for you in the wilderness, In the land of drought.

Hosea 13:6 (NIV)

6 When I fed them, they were satisfied; when they were satisfied, they became proud; then they forgot me.

Hosea 13:7 (NIV)

7 So I will come upon them like a lion, like a leopard I will lurk by the path.

Hosea 13:8 (NIV)

8 Like a bear robbed of her cubs, I will attack them and rip them open. Like a lion I will devour them; a wild animal will tear them apart.

Hosea 13:9 (AMP)

9 It is your destruction, O Israel, that you have been against Me, for in Me is your help.

Hosea 13:10 (NASB)

10 Where now is your king That he may save you in all your cities, And your judges of whom you requested, “Give me a king and princes”?

Hosea 13:11 (AMP)

11 I have given you a king in My anger, and I have taken him away in My wrath.

Hosea 13:12 (NIV)

12 The guilt of Ephraim is stored up, his sins are kept on record.

Hosea 13:13 (AMP)

13 The pains of a woman in childbirth are coming on for him [to be born]; but he is an unwise son, for now when it is time [to be born], he comes not to the place where [unborn] children break forth [he needs new birth but makes no effort to acquire it].

Hosea 13:14 (AMP)

14 Should I ransom them from the power of Sheol (the place of the dead)? Should I redeem them from death? O death, where are your plagues? O Sheol, where is your destruction? Relenting and compassion are hidden from My eyes.

Hosea 13:15 (AMP)

15 For though among his brethren [his fellow tribes] he may be fruitful, an east wind [Assyria] will come, the breath of the Lord rising from the desert; and Ephraim’s spring shall become dry and his fountain be dried up. [Assyria] shall plunder his treasury of every precious vessel.

Hosea 13:16 (AMP)

16 Samaria shall bear her guilt and become desolate, for she rebelled against her God; they shall fall by the sword, their infants shall be dashed in pieces, and their pregnant women shall be ripped up.

Hosea Chapter 14

Hosea 14:1 (AMP)

1 O ISRAEL, return to the Lord your God, for you have stumbled and fallen, [visited by calamity] due to your iniquity.

Hosea 14:2 (NIV)

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.

Hosea 14:3 (AMP)

3 Assyria shall not save us; we will not ride upon horses, neither will we say any more to the work of our hands [idols], You are our gods. For in You [O Lord] the fatherless find love, pity, and mercy.

Hosea 14:4 (AMP)

4 I will heal their faithlessness; I will love them freely, for My anger is turned away from [Israel].

Hosea 14:5 (AMP)

5 I will be like the dew and the night mist to Israel; he shall grow and blossom like the lily and cast forth his roots like [the sturdy evergreens of] Lebanon.

Hosea 14:6 (AMP)

6 His suckers and shoots shall spread, and his beauty shall be like the olive tree and his fragrance like [the cedars and aromatic shrubs of] Lebanon.

Hosea 14:7 (AMP)

7 They that dwell under his shade shall return; they shall revive like the grain and blossom like the vine; the scent of it shall be like the wine of Lebanon.

Hosea 14:8 (AMP)

8 Ephraim shall say, What have I to do any more with idols? I have answered [him] and will regard and watch over him; I am like a green fir or cypress tree; with Me is the fruit found [which is to nourish you].

Hosea 14:9 (AMP)

9 Who is wise, that he may understand these things? Prudent, that he may know them? For the ways of the Lord are right and the [uncompromisingly] just shall walk in them, but transgressors shall stumble and fall in them.

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