The worde of the Lorde that came vnto Hosea the sonne of Beeri, in the daies of
Vzziah, Iotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah Kings of Iudah, and in the daies of Ieroboam
the sonne of Ioash king of
2 At the beginning the Lorde spake by Hosea, and the Lord said vnto Hosea, Goe,
take vnto thee a wife of fornicatios, and children of fornications: for the
lande hath committed great whoredome, departing from the Lord.
3 So he went, & tooke Gomer, ye daughter of Diblaim, which conceiued &
bare him a sonne.
4 And the Lord said vnto him,
his name Izreel: for yet a litle, and I will visite the blood of Izreel vpon
the house of Iehu, and will cause to cease the kingdome of the house of
5 And at that day will I also breake the bowe of
6 She conceiued yet againe, & bare a daughter, and God saide vnto him, Call
her name Lo-ruhamah: for I will no more haue pitie vpon the house of
: but I wil vtterly take them away.
7 Yet I will haue mercie vpon the house of Iudah, and wil saue them by the Lord
their God, and wil not saue them by bow, nor by sword nor by battell, by horses,
nor by horsemen.
8 Nowe when she had wained Lo-ruhamah, shee conceiued, and bare a sonne.
9 Then saide God, Call his name Lo-ammi: for yee are not my people: therefore
will I not be yours.
10 Yet the nomber of the children of
shall be as the sande of the sea, which can not be measured nor tolde: and in
the place where it was saide vnto them, Yee are not my people, it shall be saide
vnto them, Yee are the sonnes of the liuing God.
11 Then shall the children of Iudah, and the children of
be gathered together, and appoint them selues one head, & they shal come vp
out of the land: for great is the day of Izreel.
1 Say vnto your brethren, Ammi, and to your sisters, Ruhamah,
2 Plead with your mother: plead with her: for she is not my wife, neither am I
her husband: but let her take away her fornications out of her sight, & her
adulteries from betweene her breasts.
3 Lest I strippe her naked, and set her as in the day that shee was borne, and
make her as a wildernes, and leaue her like a drie land, and slaie her for
4 And I wil haue no pitie vpon her children: for they be the children of
5 For their mother hath plaied the harlot: she that conceiued them, hath done
shamefully: for shee said, I will goe after my louers that giue me my bread and
my water, my wooll and my flaxe, mine oyle and my drinke.
6 Therefore beholde, I will stoope thy way with thornes, and make an hedge, that
shee shall not finde her pathes.
7 Though shee followe after her louers, yet shall shee not come at them: though
shee seeke them, yet shall shee not finde them: then shall she say, I will goe
and returne to my first husbande: for at that time was I better then nowe.
8 Nowe she did not knowe that I gaue her corne, and wine, and oyle, and
multiplied her siluer and golde, which they bestowed vpon Baal.
9 Therefore wil I returne, and take away my corne in the time thereof, and my
wine in the season thereof, and will recouer my wool and my flaxe lent, to couer
10 And now will I discouer her lewdnes in the sight of her louers, and no man
shall deliuer her out of mine hand.
11 I will also cause all her mirth to cease, her feast daies, her newe moones,
and her Sabbathes, and all her solemne feasts.
12 And I wil destroy her vines & her figtrees, whereof she hath said, These
are my rewards that my louers haue giuen mee: and I will make them as a forest,
and the wilde beasts shall eate them.
13 And I wil visit vpon her the daies of Baalim, wherein shee burnt incense to
them: and shee decked her selfe with her earings and her iewels, and shee
folowed her louers, and forgate me, saith the Lorde.
14 Therefore beholde, I will allure her, and bring her into the wildernesse, and
speake friendly vnto her.
Hos 2:15 And I will giue her her vineyardes from thence, and the
for the doore of hope, and shee shall sing there as in the daies of her youth,
and as in the daies when shee came vp out of the
16 And at that day, sayeth the Lord, thou shalt call me Ishi, and shalt call me
no more Baali.
17 For I will take away the names of Baalim out of her mouth, and they shall be
no more remembred by their names.
18 And in that day wil I make a couenant for them, with the wilde beasts, and
with the foules of the heauen, and with that that creepeth vpon the earth: and I
will breake the bowe, and the sworde and the battell out of the earth, and will
make them to sleepe safely.
19 And I wil marry thee vnto me for euer: yea, I will marry thee vnto me in
righteousnes, and in iudgement, and in mercy and in compassion.
20 I will euen marry thee vnto me in faithfulnes, and thou shalt knowe the Lord.
21 And in that day I wil heare, saith the Lord, I will euen heare the heauens,
and they shall heare the earth,
22 And the earth shall heare the corne, & the wine, and the oyle, and they
shall heare Izreel.
23 And I will sowe her vnto me in the earth, and I will haue mercie vpon her,
that was not pitied, and I will say to them which were not my people, Thou art
my people; they shal say, Thou art my God.
1 Then said the Lord to me, Goe yet, and loue a woman (beloued of her husbande,
and was an harlot) according to the loue of the Lorde toward the children of
: yet they looked to other gods, and loued the wine bottels.
2 So I bought her to me for fifteene pieces of siluer, and for an homer of
barlie and an halfe homer of barlie.
3 And I said vnto her, Thou shalt abide with me many dayes: thou shalt not play
the harlot, and thou shalt be to none other man, and I will be so vnto thee.
4 For the children of
shall remaine many dayes without a King & without a prince, and without an
offering, and without an image, and without an Ephod and without Teraphim.
5 Afterward shall the children of
conuert, and seeke the Lorde their God, and Dauid their King, and shall feare
the Lord, and his goodnes in the latter dayes.
1 Heare the worde of the Lord, ye children of
: for the Lord hath a controuersie with the inhabitants of the lande, because
there is no trueth nor mercie nor knowledge of God in the lande.
2 By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and whoring they breake
out, and blood toucheth blood.
3 Therefore shall the land mourne, and euery one that dwelleth therein, shall be
cut off, with the beasts of the fielde, and with the foules of the heauen, and
also the fishes of the sea shall be taken away.
4 Yet let none rebuke, nor reproue another: for thy people are as they that
rebuke the Priest.
5 Therefore shalt thou fall in the day, and the Prophet shall fall with thee in
the night, and I will destroy thy mother.
6 My people are destroyed for lacke of knowledge: because thou hast refused
knowledge, I will also refuse thee, that thou shalt be no Priest to me: and
seeing thou hast forgotten the Lawe of thy God, I will also forget thy children.
7 As they were increased, so they sinned against me: therefore will I chaunge
their glorie into shame.
8 They eate vp the sinnes of my people, and lift vp their mindes in their
9 And there shalbe like people, like Priest: for I wil visite their wayes vpon
them, and reward them their deedes.
10 For they shall eate, and not haue ynough: they shall commit adulterie, &
shall not increase, because they haue left off to take heede to ye Lord.
11 Whoredome, and wine, and newe wine take away their heart.
12 My people aske counsell at their stockes, and their staffe teacheth them: for
the spirite of fornications hath caused them to erre, and they haue gone a
whoring from vnder their God.
13 They sacrifice vpon the toppes of ye mountaines, and burne incense vpon the
hilles vnder the okes, and the poplar tree, and the elme, because the shadow
thereof is good: therefore your daughters shall be harlots, and your spouses
shall be whores.
14 I will not visite your daughters when they are harlots: nor your spouses when
they are whores: for they themselues are separated with harlots, and sacrifice
with whores: therefore the people that doeth not vnderstand, shall fall.
15 Though thou,
, play the harlot, yet let not Iudah sinne: come not ye vnto Gilgal, neither goe
ye vp to Beth-auen, nor sweare, The Lord liueth.
is rebellious as an vnruly heyfer. Nowe the Lord will feede them as a lambe in
a large place.
17 Ephraim is ioyned to idoles: let him alone.
18 Their drunkennes stinketh: they haue committed whoredome: their rulers loue
to say with shame, Bring ye.
19 The winde hath bounde them vp in her wings, and they shalbe ashamed of their
1 O ye Priestes, heare this, and hearken ye, O house of
, and giue ye eare, O house of the King: for iudgement is towarde you, because
you haue bene a snare on Mizpah, and a net spred vpon Tabor.
2 Yet they were profounde, to decline to slaughter, though I haue bene a rebuker
of them all.
3 I knowe Ephraim, and
is not hid from me: for nowe, O Ephraim thou art become an harlot, and
4 They will not giue their mindes to turne vnto their God: for the spirit of
fornication is in the middes of them, and they haue not knowen the Lord.
5 And the pride of
doth testifie to his face: therefore shal
and Ephraim fall in their iniquitie: Iudah also shall fall with them.
6 They shall goe with their sheepe, and with their bullockes to seeke the Lorde:
but they shall not finde him: for he hath withdrawne himselfe from them.
7 They haue transgressed against the Lorde: for they haue begotte strange
children: now shal a moneth deuoure them with their portions.
8 Blowe ye the trumpet in Gibeah, and the shaume in Ramah: crie out at Beth-auen,
after thee, O Beniamin.
9 Ephraim shall be desolate in the day of rebuke: among the tribes of
haue I caused to knowe the trueth.
10 The princes of Iudah were like them that remoue the bounde: therefore will I
powre out my wrath vpon them like water.
11 Ephraim is oppressed, and broken in iudgement, because he willingly walked
after the commandement.
12 Therefore wil I be vnto Ephraim as a moth, and to the house of Iudah as a
13 When Ephraim sawe his sickenes, and Iudah his wound, then went Ephraim vnto
Asshur, and sent vnto King Iareb: yet coulde hee not heale you, nor cure you of
14 For I will be vnto Ephraim as a lyon, and as a
whelpe to the house of Iudah: I, euen I will spoyle, and goe away: I will take
away, and none shall rescue it.
15 I will go, and returne to my place, til they acknowledge their fault, and
seeke me: in their affliction they will seeke me diligently.
1 Come, and let vs returne to the Lord: for he hath spoyled, and he will heale
vs: he hath wounded vs, and he will binde vs vp.
2 After two dayes will he reuiue vs, and in the third day he will raise vs vp,
and we shall liue in his sight.
3 Then shall we haue knowledge, and indeuour our selues to know the Lord: his
going forth is prepared as the morning, and he shall come vnto vs as the raine,
and as the latter raine vnto the earth.
4 O Ephraim, what shall I doe vnto thee? O Iudah, how shall I intreate thee? for
your goodnesse is as a morning cloude, and as the morning dewe it goeth away.
5 Therefore haue I cut downe by the Prophets: I haue slaine them by the wordes
of my mouth, and thy iudgements were as the light that goeth forth.
6 For I desired mercie, and not sacrifice, and the knowledge of God more then
7 But they like men haue transgressed the couenant: there haue they trespassed
is a citie of them that worke iniquitie, and is polluted with blood.
9 And as the eues waite for a man, so the companie of Priestes murther in the
way by consent: for they worke mischiefe.
10 I haue seene vileny in the house of
: there is ye whoredome of Ephraim:
11 Yea, Iudah hath set a plant for thee, whiles I woulde returne ye captiuitie
of my people.
1 When I woulde haue healed
, then the iniquitie of Ephraim was discouered, and the wickednesse of
: for they haue dealt falsly: and the theefe commeth in, and the robber spoyleth
2 And they consider not in their hearts, that I remember all their wickednes:
now their owne inuentions haue beset them about: they are in my sight.
3 They make the King glad with their wickednesse, and the princes with their
4 They are all adulterers, and as a very ouen heated by ye baker, which ceaseth
from raysing vp, and from kneading ye dough vntill it be leauened.
5 This is the day of our King: the princes haue made him sicke with flagons of
wine: he stretcheth out his hand to scorners.
6 For they haue made ready their heart like an ouen whiles they lie in waite:
their baker sleepeth all the night: in the morning it burneth as a flame of
7 They are all hote as an ouen, and haue deuoured their iudges: all their Kings
are fallen: there is none among them that calleth vnto me.
8 Ephraim hath mixt himselfe among the people. Ephraim is as a cake on the
hearth not turned.
9 Strangers haue deuoured his strength, and he knoweth it not: yea, gray heares
are here and there vpon him, yet he knoweth not.
10 And the pride of
testifieth to his face, and they doe not returne to the Lorde their God, nor
seeke him for all this.
11 Ephraim also is like a doue deceiued, without heart: they call to
: they go to Asshur.
12 But when they shal go, I will spred my net vpon them, and drawe them downe as
the foules of the heauen: I will chastice them as their congregation hath heard.
13 Wo vnto them: for they haue fled away from me: destruction shalbe vnto them,
because they haue transgressed against me: though I haue redeemed them, yet they
haue spoken lyes against me.
14 And they haue not cryed vnto me with their hearts, when they houled vpon
their beds: they assembled themselues for corne, and wine, and they rebell
15 Though I haue boud & strengthened their arme, yet doe they imagine
mischiefe against me.
16 They returne, but not to the most high: they are like a deceitfull bowe:
their princes shall fall by the sword, for the rage of their tongues: this shall
be their derision in the
1 Set the trumpet to thy mouth: he shall come as an egle against the House of
the Lord, because they haue transgressed my couenant, & trespassed against
shall crie vnto me, My God, we know thee.
hath cast off ye thing that is good: the enemie shall pursue him.
4 They haue set vp a King, but not by me: they haue made princes, and I knew it
not: of their siluer and their gold haue they made them idoles: therefore shall
they be destroyed.
5 Thy calfe, O Samaria, hath cast thee off: mine anger is kindled against them:
howe long will they be without innocencie!
6 For it came euen from
: the workeman made it, therefore it is not God: but the calfe of
shall be broken in pieces.
7 For they haue sowne the winde, and they shall reape the whirlewind: it hath no
stalke: the budde shall bring foorth no meale: if so be it bring forth, the
strangers shall deuoure it.
is deuoured, now shall they be among the Gentiles as a vessell wherein is no
9 For they are gone vp to Asshur: they are as a wilde asse alone by himselfe:
Ephraim hath hired louers.
10 Yet though they haue hired among the nations, nowe will I gather them, and
they shall sorowe a litle, for the burden of the King and the princes.
11 Because Ephraim hath made many altars to sinne, his altars shalbe to sinne.
12 I haue written to them the great things of my Lawe: but they were counted as
a strange thing.
13 They sacrifice flesh for ye sacrifices of mine offerings, and eate it: but
the Lorde accepteth them not: now will he remember their iniquitie, and visite
their sinnes: they shall returne to
hath forgotten his maker, and buildeth
, & Iudah hath increased strong cities: but I will sende a fire vpon his
cities, and it shall deuoure the palaces thereof.
1 Reioyce not, O Israel for ioy as other people: for thou hast gone a whoring
from thy God: thou hast loued a rewarde vpon euery corne floore.
2 The floore, and the wine presse shall not feede them, and the newe wine shall
faile in her.
3 They wil not dwel in the Lordes lande, but Ephraim will returne to
, and they will eate vncleane things in Asshur.
4 They shall not offer wine to the Lorde, neither shall their sacrifices be
pleasant vnto him: but they shall be vnto them as the bread of mourners: al that
eate thereof, shalbe polluted: for their bread for their soules shall not come
into the house of the Lord.
5 What wil ye do then in the solemne day, and in the day of the feast of the
6 For loe, they are gone from destruction: but
shal gather them vp, and
shall burie them: the nettle shall possesse the pleasant places of their siluer,
and the thorne shall be in their tabernacles.
7 The daies of visitation are come: the daies of recompence are come:
shall knowe it: the Prophet is a foole: the spiritual man is mad, for the
multitude of thine iniquitie: therefore the hatred is great.
8 The watchman of Ephraim shoulde bee with my God: but the Prophet is the snare
of a fouler in all his waies, and hatred in the House of his God.
9 They are deepely set: they are corrupt as in the daies of Gibeah: therefore he
will remember their iniquitie, he will visite their sinnes.
10 I found
like grapes in the wildernes: I saw your fathers as the first ripe in the figge
tree at her first time: but they went to Baal-Peor, and separated themselues
vnto that shame, and their abominations were according to their louers.
11 Ephraim their glorie shall flee away like a birde: from the birth and from
the wombe, and from the conception.
12 Though they bring vp their children, yet I will depriue them from being men:
yea, woe to them, when I depart from them.
13 Ephraim, as I sawe, is as a tree in Tyrus planted in a cottage: but Ephraim
shal bring forth his children to the murtherer.
14 O Lorde, giue them: what wilt thou giue them? giue them a baren wombe and
15 All their wickednesse is in Gilgal: for there doe I hate them: for the
wickednesse of their inuentions, I will cast them out of mine House: I will loue
them no more: all their princes are rebels.
16 Ephraim is smitten, their roote is dried vp: they can bring no fruite: yea,
though they bring foorth, yet will I slaie euen the dearest of their bodie.
17 My God will cast them away, because they did not obey him: and they shall
wander among the nations.
is a emptie vine, yet hath it brought foorth fruite vnto it selfe, and
according to the multitude of the fruite thereof he hath increased the altars:
according to the goodnesse of their lande they haue made faire images.
2 Their heart is deuided: nowe shall they be founde faultie: he shall breake
downe their altars: he shall destroy their images.
3 For now they shal say, We haue no King because we feared not the Lord: and
what should a King doe to vs?
4 They haue spoken woordes, swearing falsly in making a couenant: thus iudgement
groweth as wormewoode in the furrowes of the fielde.
5 The inhabitants of
shal feare because of the calfe of Beth-auen: for the people thereof shall
mourne ouer it, and the Chemarims thereof, that reioyced on it for the glorie
thereof, because it is departed from it.
6 It shall bee also brought to Asshur, for a present vnto King Iareb: Ephraim
shall receiue shame, and
shall be ashamed of his owne counsell.
, the King thereof is destroyed as the some vpon the water.
8 The hie places also of Auen shall be destroied, euen the sinne of Israel: the
thorne and the thistle shall growe vpon their altars, and they shal say to the
mountaines, Couer vs, and to the hils, Fall vpon vs.
9 O Israel, thou hast sinned from the daies of Gibeah: there they stoode: the
battell in Gibeah against the children of iniquitie did not touch them.
10 It is my desire that I should chastice them, and the people shall be gathered
against them, when they shall gather themselues in their two furrowes.
11 And Ephraim is as an heifer vsed to delite in threshing: but I will passe by
her faire necke: I will make Ephraim to ride: Iudah shall plowe, and Iaakob
shall breake his cloddes.
12 Sowe to your selues in righteousnes: reape after the measure of mercy: breake
vp your fallowe grounde: for it is time to seeke the Lorde, till he come and
raine righteousnesse vpon you.
13 But you haue plowed wickednesse: ye haue reaped iniquitie: you haue eaten the
fruite of lies: because thou didest trust in thine owne waies, and in the
multitude of thy strong men,
14 Therefore shall a tumult arise among thy people, and all thy munitions shall
be destroyed, as Shalman destroyed Beth-arbell in the daie of battell: the
mother with the children was dashed in pieces.
15 So shall Beth-el doe vnto you, because of your malicious wickednes: in a
morning shall the King of Israel be destroied.
was a childe, then I loued him, and called my sonne out of
2 They called them, but they went thus from them: they sacrificed vnto Baalim,
and burnt incense to images.
3 I ledde Ephraim also, as one shoulde beare them in his armes: but they knewe
not that I healed them.
4 I led them with cordes of a man, euen with bandes of loue, and I was to them,
as hee that taketh off the yoke from their iawes, and I laide the meat vnto
5 He shall no more returne into the lande of
: but Asshur shalbe his King, because they refused to conuert.
6 And the sworde shall fall on his cities, and shall consume his barres, and
deuoure them, because of their owne counsels.
7 And my people are bent to rebellion against me: though they called them to the
most hie, yet none at all would exalt him.
8 Howe shall I giue thee vp, Ephraim? howe shall I deliuer thee,
? How shall I make thee, as Admah? howe shall I set thee, as Zeboim? Mine heart
is turned within mee: my repentings are rouled together.
9 I wil not execute ye fiercenesse of my wrath: I will not returne to destroy
Ephraim: for I am God, and not man, the holy one in the middes of thee, and I
will not enter into the citie.
10 They shall walke after the Lorde: he shall roare like a
: when hee shall roare, then the children of the West shall feare.
11 They shal feare as a sparrow out of
, and as a doue of the lande of Asshur, and I will place them in their houses,
sayth the Lord.
12 Ephraim copasseth me about with lies, and the house of
with deceit: but Iudah yet ruleth with God, and is faithfull with the Saints.
1 Ephraim is fed with the winde, and followeth after the East winde: hee
increaseth daily lies and destruction, & they do make a couenant with Asshur,
and oyle is caried into
2 The Lorde hath also a controuersie with Iudah, and will visite Iaakob,
according to his waies: according to his workes, wil he recompence him.
3 Hee tooke his brother by the heele in the wombe, and by his strength he had
power with God,
4 And had power ouer the Angel, and preuailed: he wept and praied vnto him: he
founde him in Beth-el, and there he spake with vs.
5 Yea, the Lorde God of hostes, the Lorde is himselfe his memoriall.
6 Therefore turne thou to thy God: keepe mercy and iudgement, and hope still in
7 He is
: the balances of deceit are in his hand: he loueth to oppresse.
8 And Ephraim saide, Notwithstanding I am rich, I haue found me out riches in
all my labours: they shall finde none iniquitie in me, that were wickednesse.
9 Though I am the Lorde thy God, from the
, yet will I make thee to dwel in the tabernacles, as in the daies of the
10 I haue also spoken by the Prophets, and I haue multiplied visions, and vsed
similitudes by the ministerie of the Prophets.
11 Is there iniquitie in
? surely they are vanitie: they sacrifice bullocks in Gilgal, and their altars
are as heapes in the furrowes of the field.
12 And Iaakob fled into the countrey of
serued for a wife, and for a wife he kept sheepe.
13 And by a Prophet the Lord brought
, & by a Prophet was he reserued.
14 But Ephraim prouoked him with hie places: therefore shal his blood be powred
vpon him, and his reproche shall his Lord reward him.
1 When Ephraim spake, there was trembling: hee exalted him selfe in
, but he hath sinned in Baal, and is dead.
2 And nowe they sinne more and more, and haue made them molten images of their
siluer, and idoles according to their owne vnderstanding: they were all the
woorke of the craftesmen: they say one to another whiles they sacrifice a man,
Let them kisse the calues.
3 Therefore they shall bee as the morning cloude, and as the morning dewe that
passeth away, as the chaffe that is driuen with a whirlewind out of the floore,
and as the smoke that goeth out of the chimney.
4 Yet I am the Lord thy God from the
, and thou shalt knowe no God but me: for there is no Sauiour beside me.
5 I did knowe thee in the wildernesse, in the land of drought.
6 As in their pastures, so were they filled: they were filled, and their heart
was exalted: therefore haue they forgotten me.
7 And I wil be vnto them as a very
, and as a leopard in the way of Asshur.
8 I will meete them, as a beare that is robbed of her whelpes, and I will breake
the kall of their heart, and there will I deuoure them like a lion: the wilde
beast shall teare them.
, one hath destroyed thee, but in me is thine helpe.
10 I am: where is thy King, that shoulde help thee in al thy cities? and thy
iudges, of whom thou saidest, Giue me a King, and princes?
11 I gaue thee a King in mine anger, and I tooke him away in my wrath.
12 The iniquitie of Ephraim is bound vp: his sinne is hid.
13 The sorowes of a trauailing woman shall come vpon him: he is an vnwise sonne,
els would he not stande still at the time, euen at the breaking forth of the
14 I wil redeeme them from the power of the graue: I will deliuer them from
death: O death, I wil be thy death: O graue, I will be thy destruction:
repentance is hid from mine eyes.
15 Though he grewe vp among his brethren, an East winde shall come, euen the
winde of the Lord shal come vp from the wildernesse, and drie vp his veine, and
his fountaine shalbe dryed vp: he shal spoyle the treasure of all pleasant
16 Samaria shalbe desolate: for she hath rebelled against her God: they shal
fall by the sworde: their infants shalbe dashed in pieces, & their women
with childe shalbe ript.
1 O Israel, returne vnto the Lord thy God: for thou hast fallen by thine
2 Take vnto you words, & turne to the Lord, and say vnto him, Take away all
iniquitie, and receiue vs graciously: so wil we render the calues of our lippes.
3 Asshur shal not saue vs, neither wil we ride vpon horses, neither will we say
any more to the worke of our handes, Ye are our gods: for in thee the
fatherlesse findeth mercie.
4 I wil heale their rebellion: I wil loue them freely: for mine anger is turned
away from him.
5 I will be as the dewe vnto Israel: he shall grow as the lilie and fasten his
rootes, as the trees of Lebanon.
6 His branches shall spread, and his beautie shalbe as the oliue tree, and his
smel as Lebanon.
7 They that dwel vnder his shadow, shal returne: they shall reuiue as the corne,
and florish as the vine: the sent thereof shalbe as the wine of Lebanon.
8 Ephraim shal say, What haue I to doe any more with idoles? I haue heard him,
and looked vpon him: I am like a greene firre tree: vpon me is thy fruite founde.
9 Who is wise, and he shall vnderstande these things? and prudent, and he shall
knowe them? for the wayes of the Lorde are righteous, and the iust shall walke
in them: but the wicked shal fall therein.