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Hosea 13 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

13 When Ephraim spoke, there was trembling;
he was exalted in Israel.
But he incurred guilt through Baal and died.

Now they continue to sin
and make themselves a cast image,
idols skillfully made from their silver,
all of them the work of craftsmen.
People say about them,
“Let the men who sacrifice[a] kiss the calves.”
Therefore, they will be like the morning mist,
like the early dew that vanishes,
like chaff blown from a threshing floor,
or like smoke from a window.

Death and Resurrection

I have been Yahweh your God
ever since[b] the land of Egypt;
you know no God but Me,
and no Savior exists besides Me.
I knew[c] you in the wilderness,
in the land of drought.
When they had pasture,
they became satisfied;
they were satisfied,
and their hearts became proud.
Therefore they forgot Me.
So I will be like a lion to them;
I will lurk like a leopard on the path.
I will attack them
like a bear robbed of her cubs
and tear open the rib cage over their hearts.
I will devour them there like a lioness,
like a wild beast that would rip them open.
I will destroy you, Israel;
you have no help but Me.[d]

10 Where now is your king,[e]
that he may save you in all your cities,
and the[f] rulers[g] you demanded, saying,
“Give me a king and leaders”?
11 I give you a king in My anger
and take away a king in My wrath.
12 Ephraim’s guilt is preserved;
his sin is stored up.
13 Labor pains come on him.
He is not a wise son;
when the time comes,
he will not be born.[h]

14 I will ransom them from the power of Sheol.
I will redeem[i] them from death.
Death, where are your barbs?
Sheol, where is your sting?
Compassion is hidden from My eyes.

The Coming Judgment

15 Although he flourishes among his brothers,[j]
an east wind will come,
a wind from the Lord rising up from the desert.
His water source will fail,
and his spring will run dry.
The wind[k] will plunder the treasury
of every precious item.

16 [l]Samaria will bear her guilt
because she has rebelled against her God.
They will fall by the sword;
their little ones will be dashed to pieces,
and their pregnant women ripped open.


  1. Hosea 13:2 Or Those who make human sacrifices
  2. Hosea 13:4 DSS, LXX read God who brought you out of
  3. Hosea 13:5 LXX, Syr read fed
  4. Hosea 13:9 LXX reads At your destruction, Israel, who will help you?
  5. Hosea 13:10 LXX, Syr, Vg; MT reads I will be your king
  6. Hosea 13:10 Lit your
  7. Hosea 13:10 Or judges
  8. Hosea 13:13 Lit he will not present himself at the opening of the womb for sons
  9. Hosea 13:14 Or Should I ransom . . . Should I redeem . . . ?
  10. Hosea 13:15 Or among reeds
  11. Hosea 13:15 Probably the Assyrian king
  12. Hosea 13:16 Hs 14:1 in Hb

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