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Hosea 13 International Children’s Bible (ICB)

The Final Word Against Israel

13 People used to fear the tribe of Ephraim.
    They were important people in Israel.
But they sinned by worshiping Baal.
    So they must die.
But they keep on sinning more and more.
    They make idols of their silver.
Those idols are cleverly made.
    They are the work of a craftsman.
Yet the people of Israel say to each other,
    “Kiss those calf idols and sacrifice to them.”
So those people will be like the morning dew.
    They will disappear like the morning mist.
They will be like chaff blown from the threshing floor.
    They will vanish away like smoke rising from a chimney.

“I have been the Lord their God
    since they were in the land of Egypt.
They have really known no other God except me.
    I am the one who has saved them.
I cared for them in the desert
    where it was hot and dry.
I gave them food, and they became full and satisfied.
    But then they became proud and forgot me.
That is why I will be like a lion to them.
    I will be like a leopard waiting by the road.
I will attack like a bear robbed of her cubs.
    I will rip their bodies open.
I will devour them like a lion.
    I will tear them apart like a wild animal.

“Israel, I will destroy you
    for turning against me, your helper.
10 What good are your kings and your leaders now?
    Can they save you in any of your towns?
You asked for them, saying,
    ‘Give us a king and leaders.’
11 So I gave you kings, but only in anger.
    And I took them away in my great anger.
12 The sins of Israel are on record.
    They are filed away, waiting for punishment.
13 Israel has a chance to live again,
    but the people are too foolish to take it.
They are like an unborn baby
    who won’t come out of its mother’s womb.
14 So I will not save them from the place where the dead are.
    I will not rescue them from death.
I will call on death to hurt them.
    I will call on the place where the dead are to destroy them.
    I will show them no mercy.
15 Israel has become important among the nations.
    But the Lord will send a destroyer from the east.
He will come like a wind from the desert
    that dries up all the springs and wells of water.
He will destroy all their treasures,
    everything of value.
16 The nation of Israel will be punished,
    because it fought against God.
The people of Israel will die by the sword.
    Their children will be torn to pieces.
    And their pregnant women will be ripped open.”

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Hosea 13 New International Version (NIV)

The Lord’s Anger Against Israel

13 When Ephraim spoke, people trembled;
    he was exalted in Israel.
    But he became guilty of Baal worship and died.
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[a] calf-idols!
Therefore they will be like the morning mist,
    like the early dew that disappears,
    like chaff swirling from a threshing floor,
    like smoke escaping through a window.

“But I have been the Lord your God
    ever since you came out of Egypt.
You shall acknowledge no God but me,
    no Savior except me.
I cared for you in the wilderness,
    in the land of burning heat.
When I fed them, they were satisfied;
    when they were satisfied, they became proud;
    then they forgot me.
So I will be like a lion to them,
    like a leopard I will lurk by the path.
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.

“You are destroyed, Israel,
    because you are against me, against your helper.
10 Where is your king, that he may save you?
    Where are your rulers in all your towns,
of whom you said,
    ‘Give me a king and princes’?
11 So in my anger I gave you a king,
    and in my wrath I took him away.
12 The guilt of Ephraim is stored up,
    his sins are kept on record.
13 Pains as of a woman in childbirth come to him,
    but he is a child without wisdom;
when the time arrives,
    he doesn’t have the sense to come out of the womb.

14 “I will deliver this people from the power of the grave;
    I will redeem them from death.
Where, O death, are your plagues?
    Where, O grave, is your destruction?

“I will have no compassion,
15     even though he thrives among his brothers.
An east wind from the Lord will come,
    blowing in from the desert;
his spring will fail
    and his well dry up.
His storehouse will be plundered
    of all its treasures.
16 The people of Samaria must bear their guilt,
    because they have rebelled against their God.
They will fall by the sword;
    their little ones will be dashed to the ground,
    their pregnant women ripped open.”[b]


  1. Hosea 13:2 Or “Men who sacrifice / kiss
  2. Hosea 13:16 In Hebrew texts this verse (13:16) is numbered 14:1.
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