1,1The word of the
L-rd that came to 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. 1,2When the L-rd
spoke at first by Hosea, the L-rd said to Hosea, "Go, take for yourself
a wife of prostitution and children of unfaithfulness; for the land
commits great adultery, forsaking the L-rd." 1,3So
he went and took Gomer the daughter of Diblaim; and she conceived, and
bore him a son. 1,4The L-rd said to him, "Call his
name Jezreel; for yet a little while, and I will avenge the blood of
Jezreel on the house of Jehu, and will cause the kingdom of the house of
Israel to cease. 1,5It will happen in that day that I
will break the bow of Israel in the valley of Jezreel." 1,6She conceived again, and bore a daughter. Then he
said to him, "Call her name No Mercy; for I will no
longer have mercy on the house of Israel, that I should in any way
pardon them. 1,7But I will have mercy on the house of
Judah, and will save them by the L-rd their G-d, and
will not save them by bow, sword, battle, horses, or horsemen." 1,8Now when she had weaned Lo-Ruhamah, she conceived, and
bore a son.
1,9He said, "Call his name No People; for you are not my people, and I will not be
2,1Yet the number of the children of Israel
will be as the sand of the sea, which can't be measured nor numbered;
and it will come to pass that, in the place where it was said to them,
'You are not my people,' they will be called 'sons of the living G-d.'
2,2The children of Judah and the children of Israel
will be gathered together, and they will appoint themselves one head,
and will go up from the land; for great will be the day of Jezreel.
2,3"Say to your brothers, 'My
people,' and to your sisters, 'Kindness'
2,4Contend with your mother! Contend, for she
is not my wife, neither am I her husband; and let her put away
her prostitution from her face, and her adulteries from between her
breasts; 2,5Lest I strip her naked, and make
her bare as in the day that she was born, and make her like a
wilderness, and set her like a dry land, and kill her with
thirst. 2,6Indeed, on her children I will have no
mercy; for they are children of unfaithfulness; 2,7For their mother has played the prostitute. She who
conceived them has done shamefully; for she said, 'I will go after
my lovers, who give me my bread and my water, my wool and my
flax, my oil and my drink.' 2,8Therefore,
behold, I will hedge up your way with thorns, and I will build a
wall against her, that she can't find her way. 2,9She will follow after her lovers, but she won't
overtake them; and she will seek them, but won't find them.
Then she will say, 'I will go and return to my first husband;
for then was it better with me than now.' 2,10For she did not know that I gave her the grain, the new
wine, and the oil, and multiplied to her silver and gold, which they
used for Baal. 2,11Therefore I will take back my
grain in its time, and my new wine in its season, and will pluck
away my wool and my flax which should have covered her nakedness. 2,12Now I will uncover her lewdness in the sight of her
lovers, and no one will deliver her out of my hand. 2,13I will also cause all her celebrations to cease:
her feasts, her new moons, her Sabbaths, and all her solemn
assemblies. 2,14I will lay waste her vines and her
fig trees, about which she has said, 'These are my wages that my
lovers have given me; and I will make them a forest,' and the
animals of the field shall eat them. 2,15I will
visit on her the days of the Baals, to which she burned incense,
when she decked herself with her earrings and her jewels, and
went after her lovers, and forgot me," says the L-rd. 2,16"Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring
her into the wilderness, and speak tenderly to her. 2,17I will give her vineyards from there, and the
valley of Achor for a door of hope; and she will respond there,
as in the days of her youth, and as in the day when she came up
out of the land of Egypt. 2,18It will be in that
day," says the L-rd, "that you will call me 'my husband,' and no
longer call me 'my master.' 2,19For I will take
away the names of the Baals out of her mouth, and they will no
longer be mentioned by name. 2,20In that day I will
make a covenant for them with the animals of the field, and with the
birds of the sky, and with the creeping things of the ground. I
will break the bow, the sword, and the battle out of the land, and
will make them lie down safely. 2,21I will betroth
you to me forever. Yes, I will betroth you to me in righteousness,
in justice, in loving kindness, and in compassion. 2,22I will even betroth you to me in faithfulness; and
you shall know the L-rd. 2,23It will happen in that
day, I will respond," says the L-rd, "I will respond to the heavens,
and they will respond to the earth; 2,24and the
earth will respond to the grain, and the new wine, and the oil; and
they will respond to Jezreel. 2,25I will sow her to
me in the earth; and I will have mercy on her who had not obtained
mercy; and I will tell those who were not my people, 'You are my
people;' and they will say, 'My G-d!'"
3,1The L-rd said to me, "Go again, love a woman loved by
another, and an adulteress, even as the L-rd loves the children of
Israel, though they turn to other gods, and love cakes of raisins."
3,2So I bought her for myself for fifteen pieces of
silver and a homer and a half of barley. 3,3I said to her, "You shall stay with me many days. You
shall not play the prostitute, and you shall not be with any other man.
I will also be so toward you." 3,4For the children
of Israel shall live many days without king, and without prince, and
without sacrifice, and without sacred stone, and without ephod or idols.
3,5Afterward the children of Israel shall return, and
seek the L-rd their G-d, and David their king, and shall come with
trembling to the L-rd and to his blessings in the last days.
4,1Hear the word of the L-rd, you children of Israel;
- for the L-rd has a charge against the inhabitants of the land:
- "Indeed there is no truth,
- nor goodness,
- nor knowledge of
G-d in the land.
- 4,2There is cursing, lying,
murder, stealing, and committing adultery;
- they break boundaries,
and bloodshed causes bloodshed.
- 4,3Therefore the
land will mourn,
- and everyone who dwells therein will waste away.
- all living things in her,
- even the animals of the field and the
birds of the sky;
- yes, the fish of the sea also die.
- 4,4"Yet let no man bring a charge, neither let any man
accuse; For your people are like those who bring charges against a
- 4,5You will stumble in the day,
- and the
prophet will also stumble with you in the night;
- and I will destroy
- 4,6My people are destroyed for lack of
- Because you have rejected knowledge, I will also reject
- that you may be no priest to me.
- Because you have forgotten
your G-d's law,
- I will also forget your children.
- 4,7As they were multiplied, so they sinned against me.
- I will change their glory into shame.
feed on the sin of my people,
- and set their heart on their iniquity.
- 4,9It will be, like people, like priest;
- and I
will punish them for their ways,
- and will repay them for their
- 4,10They will eat, and not have enough.
- They will play the prostitute, and will not increase;
they have abandoned giving to the L-rd.
- 4,11Prostitution, wine, and new wine take away
- 4,12My people consult with their
- and answer to a stick of wood.
- Indeed the spirit of
prostitution has led them astray,
- and they have been unfaithful to
- 4,13They sacrifice on the tops of the
- and burn incense on the hills, under oaks and poplars and
- because its shade is good.
- Therefore your daughters
play the prostitute,
- and your brides commit adultery.
- 4,14I will not punish your daughters when they play the
- nor your brides when they commit adultery;
the men consort with prostitutes,
- and they sacrifice with the shrine
- so the people without understanding will come to ruin.
- 4,15"Though you, Israel, play the prostitute,
- yet don't let Judah offend;
- and don't come to Gilgal,
- neither go up to Beth Aven,
- nor swear, 'As the L-rd lives.'
- 4,16For Israel has behaved extremely stubbornly,
like a stubborn heifer.
- Then how will the L-rd feed them like a lamb
in a meadow.
- 4,17Ephraim is joined to idols.
- Leave him alone!
- 4,18Their drink has become
- They play the prostitute continually.
- Her rulers dearly
love their shameful way.
- 4,19The wind has wrapped
her up in its wings;
- and they shall be disappointed because of their
5,1"Listen to this, you
- Listen, house of Israel,
- and give ear, house of the
- For the judgment is against you;
- for you have been a snare
- and a net spread on Tabor.
rebels are deep in slaughter;
- but I discipline all of them.
- 5,3I know Ephraim,
- and Israel is not hidden from me;
- for now, Ephraim, you have played the prostitute.
- Israel is
- 5,4Their deeds won't allow them to turn to
- for the spirit of prostitution is within them,
they don't know the L-rd.
- 5,5The pride of Israel
testifies to his face.
- Therefore Israel and Ephraim will stumble in
- Judah also will stumble with them.
- 5,6They will go with their flocks and with their herds to
seek the L-rd;
- but they won't find him.
- He has withdrawn himself
- 5,7They are unfaithful to the L-rd;
- for they have borne illegitimate children.
- Now the new moon will
devour them with their fields.
- 5,8"Blow the
cornet in Gibeah,
- and the trumpet in Ramah!
- Sound a battle cry
at Beth Aven, behind you, Benjamin!
- 5,9Ephraim will
become a desolation in the day of rebuke.
- Among the tribes of
Israel, I have made known that which will surely be.
- 5,10The princes of Judah are like those who remove a
- I will pour out my wrath on them like water.
- 5,11Ephraim is oppressed,
- he is crushed in judgment;
- Because he is intent in his pursuit of idols.
- 5,12Therefore I am to Ephraim like a moth,
- and to the
house of Judah like rottenness.
Ephraim saw his sickness,
- and Judah his wound,
- Then Ephraim went
- and sent to king Jareb:
- but he is not able to heal
- neither will he cure you of your wound.
- 5,14For I will be to Ephraim like a lion,
- and like a
young lion to the house of Judah.
- I myself will tear in pieces and
- I will carry off, and there will be no one to deliver.
- 5,15I will go and return to my place,
they acknowledge their offense,
- and seek my face.
- In their
affliction they will seek me earnestly."
6,1"Come, and let us return to the L-rd;
- for he has
torn us to pieces,
- and he will heal us;
- he has injured us,
- and he will bind up our wounds.
- 6,2After two
days he will revive us.
- On the third day he will raise us up,
- and we will live before him.
- 6,3Let us
acknowledge the L-rd.
- Let us press on to know the L-rd.
surely as the sun rises,
- the L-rd will appear.
- He will come to
us like the rain,
- like the spring rain that waters the earth."
- 6,4"Ephraim, what shall I do to you?
what shall I do to you?
- For your love is like a morning cloud,
- and like the dew that disappears early.
- 6,5Therefore I have cut them to pieces with the prophets;
- I killed them with the words of my mouth.
- Your judgments are
like a flash of lightning.
- 6,6For I desire mercy,
and not sacrifice;
- and the knowledge of G-d more than burnt
- 6,7But they, like Adam, have broken the
- They were unfaithful to me, there.
- 6,8Gilead is a city of those who work iniquity;
- it is
stained with blood.
- 6,9As gangs of robbers wait to
ambush a man,
- so the company of priests murder in the way toward
- committing shameful crimes.
- 6,10In the
house of Israel I have seen a horrible thing.
- There is prostitution
- Israel is defiled.
Judah, there is a harvest appointed for you,
- when I restore the
fortunes of my people.
7,1When I would
- then the iniquity of Ephraim is uncovered,
- also the
wickedness of Samaria;
- for they commit falsehood,
- and the thief
- and the gang of robbers ravages outside.
- 7,2They don't consider in their hearts that I remember all
- Now their own deeds have engulfed them.
are before my face.
- 7,3They make the king glad with
- and the princes with their lies.
- 7,4They are all adulterers.
- They are burning like an
oven that the baker stops stirring,
- from the kneading of the dough,
until it is leavened.
- 7,5On the day of our king,
the princes made themselves sick with the heat of wine.
- He joined
his hand with mockers.
- 7,6For they have prepared
their heart like an oven,
- while they lie in wait.
- Their baker
sleeps all the night.
- In the morning it burns as a flaming fire.
- 7,7They are all hot as an oven,
- and devour
- All their kings have fallen.
- There is no one among
them who calls to me.
- 7,8Ephraim, he mixes himself
among the nations.
- Ephraim is a pancake not turned over.
- 7,9Strangers have devoured his strength,
- and he
doesn't realize it.
- Indeed, gray hairs are here and there on him,
- and he doesn't realize it.
- 7,10The pride of
Israel testifies to his face;
- yet they haven't returned to the L-rd
- nor sought him, for all this.
- 7,11"Ephraim is like an easily deceived dove, without
- They call to Egypt.
- They go to Assyria.
- 7,12When they go, I will spread my net on them.
- I will
bring them down like the birds of the sky.
- I will chastise them, as
their congregation has heard.
- 7,13Woe to them!
- For they have wandered from me.
- Destruction to them!
they have trespassed against me.
- Though I would redeem them,
they have spoken lies against me.
- 7,14They haven't
cried to me with their heart,
- but they howl on their beds.
assemble themselves for grain and new wine.
- They turn away from me.
- 7,15Though I have taught and strengthened their
- yet they plot evil against me.
return, but not to the Most High.
- They are like a faulty bow.
- Their princes will fall by the sword for the rage of their tongue.
- This will be their derision in the land of Egypt.
8,1"Put the trumpet to your lips!
like an eagle is over the L-rd's house,
- because they have broken my
- and rebelled against my law.
cry to me, 'My G-d, we Israel acknowledge you!'
- 8,3Israel has cast off that which is good.
- The enemy
will pursue him.
- 8,4They have set up kings, but not
- They have made princes, and I didn't approve.
- Of their
silver and their gold they have made themselves idols,
- that they may
be cut off.
- 8,5Let Samaria throw out his calf idol!
- My anger burns against them!
- How long will it be until they are
capable of purity?
- 8,6For this is even from Israel!
- The workman made it, and it is no G-d;
- indeed, the calf of
Samaria shall be broken in pieces.
- 8,7For they sow
- and they will reap the whirlwind.
- He has no standing
- The stalk will yield no head.
- If it does yield, strangers
will swallow it up.
- 8,8Israel is swallowed up.
- Now they are among the nations like a worthless thing.
- 8,9For they have gone up to Assyria,
- like a wild
donkey wandering alone.
- Ephraim has hired lovers for himself.
- 8,10But although they sold themselves among the nations,
- I will now gather them;
- and they begin to waste away because of
the oppression of the king of mighty ones.
- 8,11Because Ephraim has multiplied altars for sinning,
- they became for him altars for sinning.
wrote for him the many things of my law;
- but they were regarded as a
- 8,13As for the sacrifices of my
- they sacrifice flesh and eat it;
- But the L-rd doesn't
- Now he will remember their iniquity,
- and punish
- They will return to Egypt.
Israel has forgotten his Maker and built palaces;
- and Judah has
multiplied fortified cities;
- but I will send a fire on his cities,
- and it will devour its fortresses."
9,1Don't rejoice, Israel, to jubilation like the nations;
- for you were unfaithful to your G-d.
- You love the wages of a
prostitute at every grain threshing floor.
threshing floor and the winepress won't feed them,
- and the new wine
will fail her.
- 9,3They won't dwell in the L-rd's
- but Ephraim will return to Egypt,
- and they will eat
unclean food in Assyria.
- 9,4They won't pour out
wine offerings to the L-rd,
- neither will they be pleasing to him.
- Their sacrifices will be to them like the bread of mourners;
who eat of it will be polluted;
- for their bread will be for their
- It will not come into the house of the L-rd.
- 9,5What will you do in the day of solemn assembly,
in the day of the feast of the L-rd?
behold, they have gone away from destruction.
- Egypt will gather them
- Memphis will bury them.
- Nettles will possess their pleasant
things of silver.
- Thorns will be in their tents.
- 9,7The days of visitation have come.
- The days of
reckoning have come.
- Israel will consider the prophet to be a fool,
- and the man who is inspired to be insane,
- because of the
abundance of your sins,
- and because your hostility is great.
- 9,8A prophet watches over Ephraim with my G-d.
fowler's snare is on all of his paths,
- and hostility in the house of
- 9,9They have deeply corrupted themselves,
- as in the days of Gibeah.
- He will remember their iniquity.
- He will punish them for their sins.
- 9,10I found
Israel like grapes in the wilderness.
- I saw your fathers as the
first ripe in the fig tree at its first season;
- but they came to
Baal Peor, and consecrated themselves to the shameful thing,
became abominable like that which they loved.
- 9,11As for Ephraim, their glory will fly away like a bird.
- There will be no birth, none with child, and no conception.
- 9,12Though they bring up their children,
- yet I will
bereave them, so that not a man shall be left.
- Indeed, woe also to
them when I depart from them!
- 9,13I have seen
Ephraim, like Tyre, planted in a pleasant place;
- but Ephraim will
bring out his children to the murderer.
them—the L-rd what will you give?
- Give them a miscarrying womb and
- 9,15All their wickedness is in
- for there I hated them.
- Because of the wickedness of
their deeds I will drive them out of my house!
- I will love them no
- All their princes are rebels.
- Their root has dried up.
- They will bear no fruit.
- Even though they bring forth, yet I will kill the beloved ones of
- 9,17My G-d will cast them away,
because they did not listen to him;
- and they will be wanderers among
10,1Israel is a luxuriant
vine that puts forth his fruit.
- According to the abundance of his
fruit he has multiplied his altars.
- As their land has prospered,
they have adorned their sacred stones.
heart is divided.
- Now they will be found guilty.
- He will
demolish their altars.
- He will destroy their sacred stones.
- 10,3Surely now they will say, "We have no king; for we
don't fear the L-rd;
- and the king, what can he do for us?"
- 10,4They make promises, swearing falsely in making
- Therefore judgment springs up like poisonous weeds in the
furrows of the field.
- 10,5The inhabitants of
Samaria will be in terror for the calves of Beth Aven;
- for its
people will mourn over it,
- Along with its priests who rejoiced over
- for its glory, because it has departed from it.
- 10,6It also will be carried to Assyria for a present to a
- Ephraim will receive shame,
- and Israel will be
ashamed of his own counsel.
- 10,7Samaria and her
king float away,
- like a twig on the water.
- 10,8The high places also of Aven, the sin of Israel, will
- The thorn and the thistle will come up on their
- They will tell the mountains, "Cover us!" and the hills,
"Fall on us!"
- 10,9"Israel, you have sinned
from the days of Gibeah.
- There they remained.
- The battle against
the children of iniquity doesn't overtake them in Gibeah.
- 10,10When it is my desire, I will chastise them;
the nations will be gathered against them,
- when they are bound to
their two transgressions.
- 10,11Ephraim is a trained
heifer that loves to thresh;
- so I will put a yoke on her beautiful
- I will set a rider on Ephraim.
- Judah will plow.
will break his clods.
- 10,12Sow to yourselves in
- reap according to kindness.
- Break up your fallow
- for it is time to seek the L-rd,
- until he comes and
rains righteousness on you.
- 10,13You have plowed
- You have reaped iniquity.
- You have eaten the fruit
- for you trusted in your way, in the multitude of your
- 10,14Therefore a battle roar will arise
among your people,
- and all your fortresses will be destroyed,
Shalman destroyed Beth Arbel in the day of battle.
- The mother was
dashed in pieces with her children.
- 10,15So Bethel
will do to you because of your great wickedness.
- At daybreak the
king of Israel will be destroyed.
11,1"When Israel was a child, then I loved him,
called my son out of Egypt.
- 11,2They called to
them, so they went from them.
- They sacrificed to the Baals,
burned incense to engraved images.
- 11,3Yet I taught
Ephraim to walk.
- I took them by his arms;
- but they didn't know
that I healed them.
- 11,4I drew them with cords of a
man, with ties of love;
- and I was to them like those who lift up the
yoke on their necks;
- and I bent down to him and I fed him.
- 11,5"They won't return into the land of Egypt;
- but the Assyrian will be their king,
- because they refused to
- 11,6The sword will fall on their cities,
- and will destroy the bars of their gates,
- and will put an end to
- 11,7My people are determined to turn
- Though they call to the Most High,
- he certainly won't
- 11,8"How can I give you up,
- How can I hand you over, Israel?
- How can I make you
- How can I make you like Zeboiim?
- My heart is turned
- my compassion is aroused.
- 11,9I will
not execute the fierceness of my anger.
- I will not return to destroy
- for I am G-d, and not man; the Holy One in the midst of
- and I will not come in wrath.
will walk after the L-rd,
- who will roar like a lion;
- for he will
roar, and the children will come trembling from the west.
- 11,11They will come trembling like a bird out of Egypt,
- and like a dove out of the land of Assyria;
- and I will settle
them in their houses," says the L-rd.
- 11,12Ephraim surrounds me with falsehood,
- and the
house of Israel with deceit.
- Judah still strays from G-d,
- and is
unfaithful to the Holy One.
feeds on wind,
- and chases the east wind.
- He continually
multiplies lies and desolation.
- They make a covenant with Assyria,
- and oil is carried into Egypt.
- 12,2The L-rd
also has a controversy with Judah,
- and will punish Jacob according
to his ways;
- according to his deeds he will repay him.
- 12,3In the womb he took his brother by the heel;
in his manhood he contended with G-d.
he struggled with the angel, and prevailed;
- he wept, and made
supplication to him.
- He found him at Bethel, and there he spoke with
- 12,5even the L-rd, the G-d of Hosts;
L-rd is his name of renown!
- 12,6Therefore turn to
- Keep kindness and justice,
- and wait continually for
- 12,7A merchant has dishonest scales
in his hand.
- He loves to defraud.
said, "Surely I have become rich,
- I have found myself wealth.
all my wealth they won't find in me any iniquity that is sin."
- 12,9But I am the L-rd your G-d from the land of
- I will yet again make you dwell in tents,
- as in the days
of the solemn feast.
- 12,10I have also spoken to the
- and I have multiplied visions;
- and by the ministry of
the prophets I have used parables.
- 12,11If Gilead
- surely they are worthless.
- In Gilgal they sacrifice
- Indeed, their altars are like heaps in the furrows of the
- 12,12Jacob fled into the country of Aram,
- and Israel served to get a wife,
- and for a wife he tended flocks
- 12,13By a prophet the L-rd brought
Israel up out of Egypt,
- and by a prophet he was preserved.
- 12,14Ephraim has bitterly provoked anger.
his blood will be left on him,
- and his L-rd will
repay his contempt.
spoke, there was trembling.
- He exalted himself in Israel,
when he became guilty in Baal, he died.
they sin more and more,
- and have made themselves molten images of
- even idols according to their own understanding,
- all of them the work of the craftsmen.
- They say of them, 'They
offer human sacrifice and kiss the calves.'
- 13,3Therefore they will be like the morning mist,
like the dew that passes away early,
- like the chaff that is driven
with the whirlwind out of the threshing floor,
- and like the smoke
out of the chimney.
- 13,4Yet I am the L-rd
your G-d from the land of Egypt;
- and you shall acknowledge no god
- and besides me there is no savior.
- 13,5I knew you in the wilderness,
- in the land of great
- 13,6According to their pasture, so were
- they were filled, and their heart was exalted.
- Therefore they have forgotten me.
I am like a lion to them.
- Like a leopard, I will lurk by the path.
- 13,8I will meet them like a bear that is bereaved
of her cubs,
- and will tear the covering of their heart.
- There I
will devour them like a lioness.
- The wild animal will tear them.
- 13,9You are destroyed, Israel, because you are
- against your help.
- 13,10Where is
your king now, that he may save you in all your cities?
- And your
judges, of whom you said, 'Give me a king and princes?'
- 13,11I have given you a king in my anger,
- and have
taken him away in my wrath.
- 13,12The guilt of
Ephraim is stored up.
- His sin is stored up.
- 13,13The sorrows of a travailing woman will come on him.
- He is an unwise son;
- for when it is time, he doesn't come to the
opening of the womb.
- 13,14I will ransom them from
the power of Hell.
- I will redeem them from death!
- Death, where are your plagues?
- Sheol, where is your destruction?
- "Compassion will be hidden from my eyes.
- 13,15Though he is fruitful among his brothers, an east
wind will come,
- the breath of the L-rd coming up from the
- and his spring will become dry,
- and his fountain
will be dried up.
- He will plunder the storehouse of treasure.
- 13,16Samaria will bear her guilt;
- for she has rebelled
against her G-d.
- They will fall by the sword.
- Their infants will
be dashed in pieces,
- and their pregnant women will be ripped open."
14,1Israel, return to the L-rd your
- for you have fallen because of your sin.
- 14,2Take words with you, and return to the L-rd.
him, "Forgive all our sins,
- and accept that which is good:
- so we
offer our lips like bulls.
- 14,3Assyria can't save
- We won't ride on horses;
- neither will we say any more to the
work of our hands, 'Our gods!'
- for in you the fatherless finds
- 14,4"I will heal their waywardness.
- I will love them freely;
- for my anger is turned away from him.
- 14,5I will be like the dew to Israel.
- He will
blossom like the lily,
- and send down his roots like Lebanon.
- 14,6His branches will spread,
- and his beauty will be
like the olive tree,
- and his fragrance like Lebanon.
- 14,7Men will dwell in his shade.
- They will revive like
- and blossom like the vine.
- Their fragrance will be
like the wine of Lebanon.
- 14,8Ephraim, what have I
to do any more with idols?
- I answer, and will take care of him.
- I am like a green fir tree;
- from me your fruit is found."
- 14,9Who is wise, that he may understand these
- Who is prudent, that he may know them?
- For the ways of
the L-rd are right,
- and the righteous walk in them;
- But the
rebellious stumble in them.