7:1 When I would heal Israel, Then the iniquity of Ephraim is uncovered, Also the wickedness of Samaria; For they commit falsehood, And the thief enters in, And the gang of robbers ravages outside.
7:2 They don't consider in their hearts that I remember all their wickedness. Now their own deeds have engulfed them. They are before my face.
7:3 They make the king glad with their wickedness, And the princes with their lies.
7:4 They are all adulterers. They are burning like an oven that the baker stops stirring, From the kneading of the dough, until it is leavened.
7:5 On the day of our king, the princes made themselves sick with the heat of wine. He joined his hand with mockers.
7:6 For they have made ready 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.
7:7 They are all hot as an oven, And devour their judges. All their kings have fallen. There is no one among them who calls to me.
7:8 Ephraim, he mixes himself among the nations. Ephraim is a pancake not turned over.
7:9 Strangers 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.
7:10 The pride of Israel testifies to his face; Yet they haven't returned to Yahweh their God, Nor sought him, for all this.
7:11 "Ephraim is like an easily deceived dove, without understanding. They call to Egypt. They go to Assyria.
7:12 When 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.
7:13 Woe to them! For they have wandered from me. Destruction to them! For they have trespassed against me. Though I would redeem them, Yet they have spoken lies against me.
7:14 They haven't cried to me with their heart, But they howl on their beds. They assemble themselves for grain and new wine. They turn away from me.
7:15 Though I have taught and strengthened their arms, Yet they plot evil against me.
7:16 They 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.