Hosea 7

1. As I healed Israel, there* was revealed the abomination of Aprim and the house of Shamrein,* because they were dishonest before me, and the thief entered, and the plunderer was exposed in the streets.
2. And they do not say in their hearts that I recall all their evildoings; thereafter their schemes circle before my face.
3. Through their evil they make the kings happy -- and through their lies.
4. All their authorities* are adulterers, like the oven that burns the bakery; it is irreplaceable,* as the dough must be kneaded until it is leavened.
5. When the kings allowed the nobles [to drink wine and] be angry, they joined their hands with them toward evil.
6. Because their hearts become hot like an oven in their lair, and all the night their anger becomes old,* and in the morning it burns like a fire and flames.
7. All of them became hot like an oven, and they ate their debts, all their kings fell, and there is none among them who calls on me.
8. Aprim mingled with the nations. Aprim was [like a ball of] dough that was eaten before it was quite baked.
9. Thus have foreigners devoured his power and he does not know it; white hairs have appeared [in his beard] and he does not know it.
10. And the pride of Israel is humbled before him and they did not return to Maryah their Allaha,* and they did not want Him.
11. And Aprim was like an [ornamental] dove worn as a bracelet, without a heart; they came to Missrin* and they went to Attur.*
12. To the country they go I shall spread my nets upon them, and like the birds of the sky I shall capture them, and I shall dispose of them according to the testimony that they espouse.*
13. Woe to them who reject me, evil befalls them, because they took issue with me; for I saved them and they spoke lies against me.
14. And they did not approach me with all their heart, except they wailed upon their beds; they fought over their grain and over their wine, and they complained to me.
15. And I approved and strengthened their arms, but they thought I wished them bad.
16. They turned back, over nothing, and they were like an unreliable bow; their warriors fell in war, on account of their insolent remarks,* they who became the laughingstock in the land of Missrin.*


*7:1 Lit. Ar. id.: "And."
*7:4.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Rulers."
*7:4.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Canceled from borrowing."
*7:6 Lit. Ar. idiom retained: "Seathes."
*7:10 Lit. Ar. id.: "Aa-lah-hoon."
*7:11.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Egypt."
*7:11.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Ashur."
*7:12 Lit. Ar. id.: "Heard."
*7:16.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic  expression: "Lengthening their tongue."
*7:16.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Land of Enslavement" or "Egypt."


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