"When I would have healed Israel,
Then the iniquity of Ephraim was uncovered,
And the wickedness of Samaria.
For a they have committed fraud;
A thief comes in;
A band of robbers takes spoil outside.
They do not consider in their hearts
That b I remember all their wickedness;
Now their own deeds have surrounded them;
They are before My face.
They make a c king glad with their wickedness,
And princes d with their lies.
"They e are all adulterers.
Like an oven heated by a baker -
He ceases stirring the fire after kneading the dough,
Until it is leavened.
In the day of our king
Princes have made him sick, inflamed with f wine;
He stretched out his hand with scoffers.
They prepare their heart like an oven,
While they lie in wait;
Their baker sleeps all night;
In the morning it burns like a flaming fire.
They are all hot, like an oven,
And have devoured their judges;
All their kings have fallen.
g None among them calls upon Me.
" Ephraim h has mixed himself among the peoples;
Ephraim is a cake unturned.
i Aliens have devoured his strength,
But he does not know it;
Yes, gray hairs are here and there on him,
Yet he does not know it.
And the j pride of Israel testifies to his face,
But k they do not return to the LORD their God,
Nor seek Him for all this.
" Ephraim l also is like a silly dove, without sense -
m They call to Egypt,
They go to n Assyria.
Wherever they go, I will o spread My net on them;
I will bring them down like birds of the air;
I will chastise them
p According to what their congregation has heard.
"Woe to them, for they have fled from Me!
Destruction to them,
Because they have transgressed against Me!
Though q I redeemed them,
Yet they have spoken lies against Me.
r They did not cry out to Me with their heart
When they wailed upon their beds.
"They assemble together for grain and new s wine,
They rebel against Me;
Though I disciplined and strengthened their arms,
Yet they devise evil against Me;
They return, but not to the Most High;
t They are like a treacherous bow.
Their princes shall fall by the sword
For the u cursings of their tongue.
This shall be their derision v in the land of Egypt.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
Ezekiel 23:4 - 8
Their names: Oholah the elder and Oholibah her sister; They were Mine, And they bore sons and daughters. As for their names, Samaria is Oholah, and Jerusalem is Oholibah.
Hear this, O priests! Take heed, O house of Israel! Give ear, O house of the king! For yours is the judgment, Because you have been a snare to Mizpah And a net spread on Tabor.
Do not remember the sins of my youth, nor my tr...
Thus says the LORD to this people: "Thus they h...
The sin of Judah is written with a pen of iron;...
For the sacrifices of My offerings they sacrifi...
They are deeply corrupted, As in the days of Gi...
The LORD has sworn by the pride of Jacob: "Sure...
The word of the LORD 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.
That they may successfully do evil with both hands - The prince asks for gifts, The judge seeks a bribe, And the great man utters his evil desire; So they scheme together.
Who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.
Oh, that I had in the wilderness A lodging place for travelers; That I might leave my people, And go from them! For they are all adulterers, An assembly of treacherous men.
For the land is full of adulterers; For because of a curse the land mourns. The pleasant places of the wilderness are dried up. Their course of life is evil, And their might is not right.
Woe to the crown of pride, to the drunkards of Ephraim, Whose glorious beauty is a fading flower Which is at the head of the verdant valleys, To those who are overcome with wine!
But they also have erred through wine, And through intoxicating drink are out of the way; The priest and the prophet have erred through intoxicating drink, They are swallowed up by wine, They are out of the way through intoxicating drink; They err in vision, they stumble in judgment.
And there is no one who calls on Your name, Who stirs himself up to take hold of You; For You have hidden Your face from us, And have consumed us because of our iniquities.
But they mingled with the Gentiles And learned their works.
Your country is desolate, Your cities are burned with fire; Strangers devour your land in your presence; And it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers.
Therefore He has poured on him the fury of His anger And the strength of battle; It has set him on fire all around, Yet he did not know; And it burned him, Yet he did not take it to heart.
They sow the wind, And reap the whirlwind. The stalk has no bud; It shall never produce meal. If it should produce, Aliens would swallow it up.
The pride of Israel testifies to his face; Therefore Israel and Ephraim stumble in their iniquity; Judah also stumbles with them.
For the people do not turn to Him who strikes them, Nor do they seek the LORD of hosts.
They shall come trembling like a bird from Egypt, Like a dove from the land of Assyria. And I will let them dwell in their houses," Says the LORD.
Therefore the strength of Pharaoh Shall be your shame, And trust in the shadow of Egypt Shall be your humiliation.
When Ephraim saw his sickness, And Judah saw his wound, Then Ephraim went to Assyria And sent to King Jareb; Yet he cannot cure you, Nor heal you of your wound.
For they have gone up to Assyria, Like a wild donkey alone by itself; Ephraim has hired lovers.
I will also spread My net over him, and he shall be caught in My snare. I will bring him to Babylon, to the land of the Chaldeans; yet he shall not see it, though he shall die there.
But if you do not obey Me, and do not observe all these commandments.
But it shall come to pass, if you do not obey the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all His commandments and His statutes which I command you today, that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you:
2 Kings 17:13
Yet the LORD testified against Israel and against Judah, by all of His prophets, every seer, saying, "Turn from your evil ways, and keep My commandments and My statutes, according to all the law which I commanded your fathers, and which I sent to you by My servants the prophets.
And Moses told his father-in-law all that the LORD had done to Pharaoh and to the Egyptians for Israel's sake, all the hardship that had come upon them on the way, and how the LORD had delivered them.
For I brought you up from the land of Egypt, I redeemed you from the house of bondage; And I sent before you Moses, Aaron, and Miriam.
Because of the multitude of oppressions they cry out; They cry out for help because of the arm of the mighty.
But no one says, 'Where is God my Maker, Who gives songs in the night.
Nevertheless they flattered Him with their mouth, And they lied to Him with their tongue.
And yet for all this her treacherous sister Judah has not turned to Me with her whole heart, but in pretense," says the LORD.
Say to all the people of the land, and to the priests: 'When you fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh months during those seventy years, did you really fast for Me - for Me?
So they went out into the fields, and gathered grapes from their vineyards and trod them, and made merry. And they went into the house of their god, and ate and drank, and cursed Abimelech.
They lie down by every altar on clothes taken in pledge, And drink the wine of the condemned in the house of their god.
But turned back and acted unfaithfully like their fathers; They were turned aside like a deceitful bow.
They set their mouth against the heavens, And their tongue walks through the earth.
He shall speak pompous words against the Most High, Shall persecute the saints of the Most High, And shall intend to change times and law. Then the saints shall be given into his hand For a time and times and half a time.
"Your words have been harsh against Me," Says the LORD, "Yet you say, 'What have we spoken against You?'
You have said, 'It is useless to serve God; What profit is it that we have kept His ordinance, And that we have walked as mourners Before the LORD of hosts?
"And the LORD will take you back to Egypt in ships, by the way of which I said to you, 'You shall never see it again.' And there you shall be offered for sale to your enemies as male and female slaves, but no one will buy you."
Thus says the Lord GOD: 'You shall drink of your sister's cup, The deep and wide one; You shall be laughed to scorn And held in derision; It contains much.
For the sacrifices of My offerings they sacrifice flesh and eat it, But the LORD does not accept them. Now He will remember their iniquity and punish their sins. They shall return to Egypt.
They shall not dwell in the LORD's land, But Ephraim shall return to Egypt, And shall eat unclean things in Assyria.