This is the worde of of the Lord, that came vnto Oseas the sonne of Beery, in
the dayes of Oseas, Ioathan, Ahaz and Iezekiah kinges of Iuda: and in the tyme
of Ieroboam the sonne of Ioas kynge of Israel.
2 First when the Lorde spake vnto Oseas, he sayde vnto him: Go thy waye, take an
harlot to thy wyfe, and get chyldren by her: for the lande hath committed greate
whordome agaynst the Lorde.
3 So he wente, and toke Gomer the doughter of Deblaim: whiche conceyued, and
brought forth a sonne.
4 And the Lorde sayde vnto him: call his name Iesraell, for I wyll shortly
auenge the bloude of Iesrael, vpon the house of Iehu, and wyll brynge the
kingedome of the house of Israel to an ende.
5 Then wyl I breake the bowe of Israel, in the valley of Iesrael.
6 She conceyued yet again, and bare a doughter. And he sayde vnto him: Call her
name Loruhamah (that is, not obtayninge mercy) for I wyl haue no pyte vpon the
house of Israell, but forget them, and put them cleane oute of remembraunce.
7 Neuerthelesse I wyll haue mercy vpon the house of Iuda, and will saue them,
euen thorow the Lord their God. But I wyll not delyuer them thorowe anye bowe,
swearde, battel, horses, or horsemen.
8 Now when she had weaned Loruhamah, she conceyued agayne, and bare a sonne.
9 Then sayd he: cal his name Lo amy. For why? ye are not my people, therfore
wyll I not be youres.
10 And thoughe the nombre of the chyldren of Israel be as the sand of the sea,
which can neyther be measured nor tolde: yet in the place where it is sayde vnto
them, ye be not my people, euen there shal it be thus reported of them: they be
the chyldren of the lyuynge God.
11 Then shal the chyldren of Iuda & the children of Israel be gathered
together again, & chose them selues one heade, and then depart oute of the
lande: for great shalbe the daye of Israel.
Tell youre brethren, that they are my people: and your sisteren that they haue
2 As for youre mother, ye shal chyde with her, & reproue her, for she is not
my wyfe, neyther am I her husbande, vnlesse she put awaye her whordom out of my
syght, and her aduoutry from her brestes.
3 Yf no I shal strype her naked and sette her, euen as she came into the worlde:
yea, I shall lay her waste, and make her like a wildernesse, and slay her for
4 I shal haue no pyte also vpon her children, for they be the children of
5 Their mother hath broken their wedlocke, and she that bare them, is come to
confusyon. For she sayd: I will go after my louers, that geue me my water and
bread, my woll and flax, my oyle and my drincke.
6 But I wyll hedge her awaye wyth thornes, and stoppe it that she shall not
fynde her fotesteppes:
7 and thoughe she runne after her louers, yet shall she not get them: she shall
seke them, but not fynde them. Then shall she saye: wel I wyll go turne agayne
to my firste housbande, for at that tyme was I better at ease, then nowe.
8 But this woulde she not knowe, where as I yet gaue her corne, wyne, oyle,
syluer & gold, whiche she hath hangeth vpon Baal.
9 Wherfore now will I go take my corne & wine againe in their season, and
set agayne my woll and my flax, whyche I gaue her, to couer her shame.
10 And nowe will I discouer her folyshenesse, euen in the syghte of her louers,
and no man shal deliuer her oute of my handes.
11 Moreouer, I wil take awaye all her myrthe, her holye dayes, her newmones, her
Sabbothes, and all her solempne feastes?
12 I wil destroy her vyneyardes and figge trees, though she sayeth: lo, here are
my rewardes that my louers haue geuen me. I wyll make it a woode, and the wilde
beastes shall eate it vp.
13 I will punysh her also for the dayes of Baal, wherin she censed him, deckinge
hym with her earynges and cheynes: when she folowed her louers, and forgat me,
sayeth the Lorde.
14 Wherfore beholde, I will cal her agayne: bring her into a wildernes, and
speake frendly vnto her:
15 there wil I geue her her vineiardes agayne: yea and the valleye of Achor also
to shewe her hope and comforte. Then shall she singe there as in the time of her
youthe, & lyke as in the day when she came oute of the lande of Egipte.
16 Then (sayeth the Lorde) she shall saye vnto me: O my husbande, and shal call
me no more Baal,
17 for I will take awaye those names of Baal from her mouthe, yea, she shal
neuer remembre their names anye more.
18 Then will I make a couenaunte with them, with the wilde beastes, with the
foules of the ayre, and with euery thinge that crepeth vpon the earth. As for
bowe, swerde and battel, I will destroye suche out of the lande, & will make
them to slepe safely.
19 Thus will I marye the vnto myne owne selfe for euermore: yea, euen to my
selfe wil I marye the, in righteousnesse, in equyte, in louinge kindnesse and
20 In fayth also will I mary the vnto my selfe, and thou shalt know the Lorde.
21 At the same tyme will I shewe my selfe frendlye and gracious vnto the heauens,
sayeth the Lorde, & the heauens shal helpe the earth,
22 and the earth shall helpe the corne, wyne and oyle, and they shall helpe
23 I will sowe them vpon earth, for a sede to mine owne selfe, & will haue
mercye vpon her, that was without mercy. And to them, which were not my people,
I wil say: thou arte my people: and he shal say: thou art my God.
Then sayde the Lorde to me: Go yet thy waye, & vowe an aduouterous woman,
whom thy neyghboure loueth, as the Lord doeth the children of Israell: how be it
they haue respecte to straunge Goddes, and loue the wine kannes.
2 So I gat her for .xv. syluerlinges, & for an Homer & an halt of
3 & sayde vnto her: Thou shalt bide wt me a long season: but se that thou
playest not the harlot, and loke thou medle not with none other man, & then
wyll I kepe my selfe for the.
4 Thus the children of Israell shall syt a great whyle without king and Prince,
withoute offeringe and aulter, without prest and reuelacion.
5 But afterwarde shall the children of Israell conuerte, and seke the Lorde
their God: and Dauid their kinge: & in the latter dayes, they shall
worshyppe the Lorde, and hys louynge kindnesse.
Heare the word of şe lorde o ye children of Israel. For the lord must punish
them, that dwel in şe land. And why? There is no faithfulnes, there is no mercy
there is no knoweledge of God in the lande:
2 but swearing, lyinge, manslaughter, theft, & aduoutry haue gotten the
ouerhande, & one bloudgilthinesse foloweth another.
3 Therfore shall the land be in a miserable case, & al they şt dwel therin,
shall mourne: the beastes in the felde, the foules in the ayr, & şe fishes
in the sea shal dye.
4 Yet is there none, şe wyl chasten nor reproue another. The priestes which
shoulde refourme other men, are become like the people.
5 Therfore stomblest thou in the day tyme & the prophet wt the in the night.
I wil bringe thy mother to silence, & why?
6 my people perish, because they haue no knowledge. Seing then şt thou hast
refused vnderstanding, therfore wil I refuse the also: so that thou shalt no
more be my preste. And for so muche as thou hast forgotten the lawe of thy God,
I wil also forget thy children.
7 The more they increased in şe multitude, the more they sinned against me,
therfore will I chaunge their honoure into shame.
8 They eat vp the synnes of my people, and corage them in their wyckednesse.
9 Thus the prest is become lyke the people. Wherefore I wil punysh them for
their wicked wayes & rewarde them accordinge to their owne ymagynacions.
10 They shall eate and not haue ynoughe: They haue vsed whordome, therfore shall
they not prospere, and why? they haue forsaken the Lorde, and not regarded hym.
11 Whordome, wine and drockennesse take the herte away.
12 My people aske councell at their stockes, their staffes must tell them. For
an whoryshe minde hath disceyued them, so that they committe fornycacyon agaynst
13 They make sacrifices vpon the hye mountaynes, and burne their incense vpon
the hylles, yea, amonge the okes, groues & bushes, for there are good
shadowes Therfore your doughters are become harlottes, and youre spouses haue
broken their wedlocke,
14 I wyll not punishe youre doughters for beynge defyled, & youre brydes
that became whores: seinge the fathers them selues haue medled wt harlottes
& offered wt vnthriftes: but the people şt will not vnderstand, must be
15 Though thou Israel art disposed to play the harlot, yet shouldest not thou
haue offended, O Iuda: thou shouldest not haue runne to Galgala, nor haue gone
vp to Bethauen, nor haue sworne, the Lord lyueth.
16 For Israel is gone backe like a wanton cow The Lord therfore shall make her
fede, as the lambe that goeth astray.
17 And where as Ephraim is become partaker of Idols, wel, let him go.
18 Their dronckennes hath put them backe, and brought them to whordome. Their
rulers loue rewardes, bring (say they) to their owne shame.
19 A wind shal take hold of their fethers & they shalbe confounded in their
O ye priestes: hear this, take hede o thou houshold of Israel: geue eare, O thou
kyngly house: for thys punyshemente will come vpon you, that are become a snare
vnto Myzphah, and a spred net to the mount of Thabor.
2 They kyl sacryfyces by heapes to begyle the people therwith: therfore wyll I
punyshe them al.
3 I know Ephraim well ynough, and Israel is not hyd from me: for Ephraim is
become an harlot: and Israel is defiled.
4 They are not minded to turne vnto their God, for they haue an whoryshe herte,
so that they can not know the Lorde.
5 But the pryde of Israell will be rewarded him in his fate, yea bothe Israel
& Ephraim shal fal for their wyckednesse, and Iuda with them also.
6 They shall come with their shepe & bullockes to seke the Lorde, but they
shall not fynde him, for he is gone from them.
7 As for the Lorde, they haue refused him, & broughte vp bastarde children:
a moneth: therfore shall deuoure them wt their porcyons.
8 Blowe wt the shawmes at Gabea, & with the trompet in Ramah, crye out at
Bethaueu vpon the yonsyde of BenIamin.
9 In the tyme of the plage shall Ephraim be layd wast, therfore did I faythfully
warne the trybes of Israell.
10 Yet are the princes of Iuda become lyke them, şt remoue the landemarckes,
therfore will I poure oute my wrath vpon them lyke water.
11 Ephraim is oppressed, and can haue no right of the lawe: for why? they folowe
the doctrynes of men.
12 Therfore wyl I be vnto Ephraim as a moth and to the house of Iuda as a
13 When Ephraim saw his syckenesse, and Iuda hys dysease: Ephraim wente vnto
Assur, and sent vnto kinge Iareb: yet coulde not he helpe you, nor ease you of
14 I am vnto Ephraim as a lyon, and as a lyons whelpe to the house of Iuda. Euen
I, I wyll spoyle them, and go my way. I will take them with me, & no man
shall rescue them.
15 I wyll go, and returne to my place, tyll they waxe faynt and seke my.
In their aduersite they shal seke me, and said: come, let vs turne againe to the
lord: for he hathe smyten vs, & he shall heale vs:
2 He hath wounde vs, & he shall bind vs vp agayne after two dayes shall he
quicken vs, in the thirde day he shal rayse vs vp, so that we shal lyue in his
3 Then shall we haue vnderstanding, and endeuoure oure selues to knowe the Lorde.
He shall go forth as the springe of the daye, & come vnto vs as the eueninge
and morninge rayne vpon the earth.
4 O Ephraim, what shal I do vnto the? O Iuda, how shall I entreate the? seynge
youre loue is like a morning cloude, and lyke a dew that goeth early awaye.
5 Therfore haue I cut doune the Prophetes, and let them be slayne for my wordes
sake: so that thy punyshment shall come to lyghte.
6 For I haue pleasure in louinge kindnesse, and not in offerynge: yea, in şe
knoweledge of God, more then in burnt sacryfyce.
7 But euen like as Adam did, so haue they broken my couenaunt, & set me at
8 Galaad is a city of wycked doers, of malycious people and bloudshedders.
9 The multytude of the priestes is lyke an heape of theues murtherers and
bloudthursty: for they haue wroughte abhomynacyon.
10 Horryble thinges haue I sene in the house of Israel, there playeth Ephraim
the Harlot, and Israel is defyled:
11 but Iuda shall haue an haruest for hym selfe, when I returne the captyuyte of
When I vndertake to make Israel whole, then the vngracyousnes of Ephraim and the
wickednes of Samaria commeth to lyght: then go they aboute with lyes. At home,
they be theues: & withoute they fall to robbinge.
2 They consydre not in their hertes that I remembre all their wickednes. They go
aboute with their owne inuencions, but I se them wel ynough.
3 They make the kinge & the princes, to haue pleasure in their wickednes and
4 All these burne in aduoutrye, as it were an ouen that the baker heateth, when
he hath lefte kneadynge, till the dowe be leuended.
5 Euen so goeth it thys day with oure kinges & princes, for they beginne to
be wodde droncken thorowe wine, they vse familarite with suche as disceyue him.
6 They with the ymaginacyon of their herte are lyke an ouen, their slepe is all
the nyghte lyke the slepe of a baker, in the morninge is he as hote as the
flamme of fyre,
7 they are altogether as hote as an ouen. They haue deuoured their owne iudges,
all their kinges are fallen: yet is there none of them that calleth vpon me.
8 Therfore must Ephraim be mirte amonge the heathen. Ephraim is become lyke a
cake, that no man turneth:
9 straungers haue deuoured his strength, yet he regardeth it not: he waxeth ful
of gray hearres: yet will he not know it,
10 and the pryd of Israell is caste doune before their fare, yet wil they not
turne to the Lord their God, nor seke him for all this.
11 Ephraim is lyke a doue, that is begyled, and hathe no herte. Nowe call they
vpon the Egipcians, nowe go they to the Assyryans,
12 but whyle they be goynge here and there, I shall sprede my net ouer them, and
draw them doune as the foules of the ayre: & accordinge as they haue bene
warned, so will I punyshe them.
13 Wo be vnto them, for they haue forsaken me. They must be destroyed, for they
haue set me at naught. I am he şt haue redemed them, and yet they dissemble
14 They call not vpon me with their hertes, but lye houlinge vpon their beddes.
Where as they come together; it is but for meate and drincke, and me wil they
15 I haue taught them, and defended their arme, yet do they ymagin mischefe
16 They turne them selues, but not a right, and are becomen as a broken bowe.
Their pryntes shal be slaine with the swerde, for the malyce of their tunges,
such blasphemies haue they learned in the lande of Egipte.
Set the horne to thy mouthe, & blowe: get the swyftly (as an Aegle) vnto the
house of the Lorde: for they haue broken my couenaunt, & transgressed my
2 Israel can say vnto me thou art my God, we know the,
3 but he hathe refused the thinge that is good, therfore shall the enemy folow
4 They haue ordeyned kinges, but not thorowe me: they haue made princes, and I
must not know of it. Of their siluer and golde haue they made them Images, to
bringe them selues to destruccion.
5 Thy calf, O Samaria, shall be taken away. for my wrothfull indignacion is gone
forthe agaynst the. How longe will it be, or they can be clensed?
6 For the calfe came from Israel, the worcke man made it, therfore can it be no
God but euen to a spyders webbe shall the calfe of Samaria be turned.
7 They haue sown wind therfore shall they reape a storme. Their sede shal beare
no corne, there shal no meel be made of their increase: thoughe they reape, yet
shall straungers deuoure it vp.
8 Israel shal peryshe, the Gentyles shall intreate him as a foule vessel.
9 Sence they wente vp to the Assirians, they are become lyke a wylde asse in the
deserte. Ephraim geueth rewardes to get louers,
10 therfore are they scatred amonge the Heathen, there will I gather them vp.
They shall sone be wery of the burthen of kinges & prynces.
11 Ephraim hath made many aulters to do wickednes, therfore shall the aulters
turne to his sinne.
12 Thoughe I shew them my lawe, neuer so muche, they count it but straunge
13 Whereas they do sacryfice, offeringe the fleshe and eatinge it: the Lorde
wyll haue no pleasure therin: but wyll remembre their wickednes, and punyshe
their sinnes. Israel turneth agayne into Egipte,
14 they haue forgotten him that made them, they buylde churches, and Iuda maketh
manye stronge cities: therfore will I sende a fyre into their cities, and it
shall consume their places.
Do not thou tryumphe, O Israel, make no boastinge more then the Heathen, for
thou hast committed aduoutrye againste thy God: straung rewardes hast thou loued
more then al şe corneflores.
2 Therfore shal they no more enioy the corneflores & winepresses, &
their swete wine shall fayle them.
3 They will not dwell in the Lordes lande, but Ephraim turneth agayne into
Egypte, and eateth vncleane thinges amonge the Assirians.
4 They poure oute no wyne for a drinckofferinge vnto the Lord, neyther geue they
him their flain offeringes: but they be vnto them as mourners meates, wherin all
they that eate them, are defyled. For the breade that they haue suche luste vnto,
shall not come into the house of the Lorde.
5 What wyl ye do then in the solempne daies, and in the feaste of the Lorde?
6 Lo, they shall get them awaye for the destruccyon: Egipte shal receyue them,
& Noph shall bury them. The netles shal ouergrowe their pleasaunt goodes,
and burres shalbe in their tabernacles.
7 Be ye sure (O Israel) the tyme of visitacyon is come, the dayes of
recompensynge are at hande. As for the Prophete, ye holde hym for a foole: and
him that is ryche in the spyrite for a mad man: so great is youre wickednes and
8 Ephraim hath made him selfe a watchman of my God, a prophet şt is become a
snare to do hurte in euery strete and abhomynacyon in the house of his God.
9 They be gone to farre, & haue destroyed themselues, like as they dyd afore
tyme at Gabaa. Therfore their wyckednes shalbe remembred, and their synnes
10 I founde Israel lyke the grapes in the wildernes, & saw their fathers as
the fyrst figges in the top of the fygge tre. But they are gone to Baal Peor,
& runne away from me to that shamefull Idoll, and are become as abhominable
as their louers.
11 Ephraim flyeth lyke a byrde, so shall their glory also. In so muche, that
they shall neyther beget, conceyue nor beare children.
12 And though they bring vp any yet wyll I make them chyldelesse among men. Yea,
wo shall come to them, when I departe from them.
13 Ephraim (as me thyncke) is planted in welthynesse, lyke as Tirus, but nowe
must she bring her owne children forth to the manslayer.
14 O Lorde thou shalt geue them: what shalte thou geue them? geue them an
vnfrutefull wombe and drye brestes.
15 All their wyckednesse is done at Galgal, there do I abhorre them. For the
vngracyousnes of their owne inuencyons. I will driue them oute of my house. I
will loue them no more, for all their princes are vnfaythfull.
16 Ephraim is hewen doune, their rote is dryed vp, so that they shal brynge no
more frute: yea and thoughe they brynge forth any, yet will I slaye euen the
best beloued frute of their body.
17 My god shal cast them awaye, for they haue not bene obedient vnto hym,
therefore shal they go astray amonge the Heathen.
Israel was a goodly vyne, but he hath brought forth vnprofytable frute: yea, the
more frute he had, şe mo aulters he made: the more good I dyd to their lande,
the more frendshyppe shewed they to their Images.
2 Their herte is deuyded, therfore wyll they be destroyed. The Lorde shall
breake doune their Images, he shall destroye their aulters.
3 Then shall they saye: we haue no kinge, for why? we haue not feared the Lorde.
And what shall then the kinge do to vs?
4 They comen together, and sweare vayn othes: they be confederate together,
therefore groweth their punyshement, as the wedes in the forowes of the lande.
5 They şt dwell in Samaria haue worshipped the calfe of Bethauen: therfore
shall the people mourne ouer them: yea, and the priestes also, that in their
welthynesse reioysed wyth them: and why? it shall passe awaye from them.
6 It shalbe brougthe to the Assyryans, for a present vnto kinge Iareb. Ephraim
shal receyue full punishement: Israel shalbe confounded for his owne
7 Samaria with his kynge shall vanyshe awaye as the scomme in the water.
8 The hye places of Auen where Israel do synne, shalbe caste doune: thystles and
thornes shall growe vpon their aulters. Then shall they saye to the mountaynes:
couer vs, and to the hylles, fall vpon vs.
9 O Israel, thou hast synned as Gabaa did afore tyme, where they remayneth,
shoulde not the battel then come vpon the wicked children, as wel as vpon the
10 I wyl chasten them, euen after myne owne desyre, the people shalbe gathered
together ouer them, when I punishe them for their greate wyckednesse.
11 Ephraim was vnto me, as a cowe that is vsed to go to plowe, therfore I loued
him, & fel vpon his fayre neck, I droue Ephraim, Iuda plowed, and Iacob
played the husbande man,
12 that they myght sowe vnto righteousnes, and reape the frutes of weldoynge
that they might plowe vp their fresh lande, & seke the Lorde, tyll he came,
and learned them ryghteousnes.
13 But nowe they haue plowed them wyckednesse, therfore shall they reape synne,
& eat the frute of lyes. Seynge thou puttest thy confydence in thyne owne
wayes, and leanest to the multitude of thy worthyes:
14 there shall growe a sedicion amonge thy people. All thy stronge cities shalbe
layd waste, euen as Salmana was destroyed with his familiers, thorow him that
was auenged of Arbell, in the day of batell, where the mother peryshed wt her
15 Euen so shall it go with you (O Bethel) because of youre malicious wickednes.
Lyke as the morninge goeth awaye, so shall the kinge of Israel passe.
When Israel was younge, I loued him: & called him my sonne out of the lande
2 But the more they were called the more they went backe, offeringe vnto Idols,
and ceasinge Images.
3 I learned Ephraim to go, & bare them in mine armes, but they regarded not
me, that would haue helped them.
4 I led them with coardes of frendshyppe, and bandes of loue. I was euen he,
that layed the yocke vpon their neckes. I gaue them my foder my self,
5 that they should not go againe into Egipt. And nowe is Assur their kinge: For
they woulde not turne vnto me.
6 Therfore shall the swerde beginne in their cities, the stoare that they haue
laied vp, shalbe destroyed and eaten: and that because of their own ymaginacyons.
7 My people had no lust to turne vnto me, their prophetes laye the yocke vpon
them, but they ease them not of their burthen.
8 What greate thinges haue I geuen the, O Ephraim? how faythfully haue I
defended the, O Israel? haue I dealt wt the as with Adama? or haue I entreated
the lyke Seboim? No, my herte is otherwyse minded. Yea, my mercye is to feruent:
9 therfore haue I not turned me to destroye Ephraim in my wrothfull displeasure.
For I am God and no man, I am euen that holy one in the middest of the, thoughe
I came not within the cyty.
10 The Lorde roareth lyke a Lyon, that they maye folowe him: yea as a lyon
roareth he, that they may be afrayed like the children of the sea:
11 that they may be scatred away from Egipt, as men scarre byrdes: & frayed
away (as doues vse to be) from the Assirians lande: & that because I woulde
haue them to tary at home, sayeth the Lorde.
12 But Ephraim goeth about me with lyes, & the house of Israel dissembleth.
Onelye Iuda beholdeth him with God, and with the true holy thinges.
Ephraim kepeth the ayre, and folowed after the east winde: he is euer
increasinge lyes & destruccyon. They be confederate with the Assirians,
their oyle is caried into Egypte.
2 The Lorde hath a courte to holde with Iuda, and wil punishe Iacob. After their
owne wayes and accordinge to their owne inuencyons shall he recompence them.
3 He toke his brother by the hele, when he was yet in his mothers wombe: &
in his strengthe he wrestled with God.
4 He stroue with the Aungel, and gat the victorye, so that he praid and desyred
hym. He founde him at Bethel, & there he talked with vs.
5 Yet the Lorde God of Hostes, euen the Lorde hym selfe remembred him.
6 Then turne to thy God, kepe mercye and equyte, and hope still in thy God.
7 But the marchaunte hath a false weyght in his hande, he hath a pleasure to
8 Ephraim thinketh thus: Tush, I am ryche, I haue good ynoughe. In all my
worckes shall not one fawte be founde, that I haue offended.
9 Yet am I the Lorde thy God, euen as when I brought the oute of the lande of
Egipte, and fet the in thy tentes, & as in şe hye feaste dayes.
10 I haue spoken thorow the prophetes, and shewed diuerse visions, and declared
my self by the ministracyon of the prophetes.
11 But at Galaad is the abhominacyon, they are fallen to vanitye. At Galgal they
haue slayne oxen: and as many heapes of stones as they had in their lande
forowes, so manye aulters haue they made.
12 Iacob fled into the lande of Siria, and Israel serued for a wyfe, and for a
wyfe he kepte shepe.
13 By a prophete the Lorde brought them oute of Egipt, and by a prophet he
14 But Ephraim hathe prouoked hym to displeasure thorow his obhominacious,
therfore shall his bloude be poured vpon him self and the Lord his God shall
rewarde him his blasphemies.
The abhominacion of Ephraim is come also into Israel: he is gone backe to Baal,
therfore must he dye.
2 And now they synne more and more: of their syluer, they make them molten
Images, lyke the Idoles of the Heathen, and yet al is nothinge but the worcke of
the craftesmre. Notwithstandinge they preach of the same: who so wil kisse the
calues, offreth to men.
3 Therfore they shalbe as the morning cloud, & as the dew that early passeth
away, & lyke as dust that the wynde taketh awaye from the floure, and as
smoke that goeth oute of the chymney.
4 I am the Lorde thy God, whiche broughte the out of the land of Egypte: that
thou shouldest know no God, but me onely, & that thou shouldest haue no
Sauiour but onlye me.
5 I toke diligent hede of the in the wildernesse şt drye land.
6 But when they were wel fedde & had ynough, they waxed proude, and forgat
7 Therfore wyll I be vnto them as a lyon, & as a leoparde in the waye to the
8 I wil come vpon them as a she beer, that is robbed of her whelpes, & I
will breake that stubburne herte of theirs. There wyll I deuoure them as a lyon:
yea the wilde beastes shall teare them.
9 O Israel, thou doest but destroye thy selfe, in me onely is thy helpe.
10 Where are thy kinges now, that shoulde helpe the in all thy cyties? Yea, and
thy iudges, of whom thou saydest: geue me a kynge and prynces?
11 well I gaue the a king in my wrath, & in my dyspleasure will I take him
from the agayne.
12 The wyckednesse of Ephraim is bounde together and hys sinne lyed hid.
13 Therfore shall sorowes come vpon him, as vpon a woman that trauayleth. An
vndyscrete sonne is he: for he consydreth not, that he shoulde not haue bene
able to haue endured in the tyme of hys byrth,
14 had not I defended hym from the graue, and delyuered hym from deathe. O
death, I wyl be thy death: O hel, I wil be thy stynge.
15 Yet can I se no comforte, for when he is nowe the goodlyest among şe
brethren, the East wynde (euen the wynd of the Lorde) shall come doune from the
wyldernesse, and drye vp hys condytes, and drincke vp hys welles: he shall
spoyle the treasure of all pleasaunte vessels.
16 As for Samaria, they shalbe made waste, and why? they are disobedient vnto
their god. They shal perysh with the sweard, their children shalbe slayne, and
theyr wemen greate with chylde shalbe rypt vp.
O Israel, turne the nowe, vnto the Lorde thy God, for thou hast taken a greate
fall thorow thy wickednes.
2 Take these wordes with you, when ye turne to the Lorde, & saye vnto him: O
forgeue vs all our sinnes, receyue vs gracyouslye, and then wyl we offre the
bullockes of oure lyppes vnto the.
3 Assur shalbe no more oure helper, nether wyl we ryde vpon horses any more. As
for the worckes of our handes, we wil no more cal vpon them: For it is thou that
arte oure God, thou shewest euer mercye vnto the fatherlesse.
4 O (yf they wolde do thys) I shulde heale theyr sores: yea wyth al my herte
wolde I loue them: so that my wrath shuld cleane be turned awaye from them.
5 Yea, I wolde be vnto Israel as the dewe, and he shulde growe as the lylye, and
hys rote shulde breake oute as Lybanus.
6 His braunches shulde sprede oute abroade, and be as fayre as the olyue tre,
and smell sa Lybanus.
7 They that dwell vnder hys shadowe, shulde come agayne, and grow vp as the
corne, and floryshe as the vyne: he shulde haue as good a name, as the wyne of
8 O Ephraim what haue I to do wt Idols anye more? I wyll graciously heare him,
and lede hym forthe. I will be vnto the as a grene Fyrre tre, vpon me shalt thou
find thy trute.
9 Who so is wyse, shall vnderstande thys: & he that is ryght instructe, wyll
regarde it. For the wayes of the Lorde are ryghteous, suche as be Godlye wil
walcke in them: As for the wicked, they wyll stomble therin.