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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 7

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1When I would bring about the restoration of my people, when I would heal Israel, The guilt of Ephraim stands out, the wickedness of Samaria; They practice falsehood, thieves break in, bandits plunder abroad. 2Yet they do not remind themselves that I remember all their wickedness. Even now their crimes surround them, present to my sight.

Failure of the Monarchy*

3In their wickedness they regale the king, the princes too, with their deceits. 4They are all kindled to wrath like a blazing oven, Whose fire the baker desists from stirring once the dough is kneaded until it has risen. 5On the day of our king, the princes are overcome with the heat of wine. He extends his hand among dissemblers; 6the plotters approach with hearts like ovens. All the night their anger sleeps; in the morning it flares like a blazing fire. 7They are all heated like ovens, and consume their rulers. All their kings have fallen; none of them calls upon me.

Foreign Alliances

8Ephraim mingles with the nations, Ephraim is a hearth cake unturned.* 9Strangers have sapped his strength, but he takes no notice of it; Of gray hairs, too, there is a sprinkling, but he takes no notice of it. 10The arrogance of Israel bears witness against him; yet they do not return to the LORD, their God, nor seek him, for all that. 11Ephraim is like a dove, silly and senseless; They call upon Egypt, they go to Assyria. 12Even as they go I will spread my net around them, like birds in the air I will bring them down. In an instant I will send them captive from their land.

Perversity of Israel

13Woe to them, they have strayed from me! Ruin to them, they have sinned against me! Though I wished to redeem them, they spoke lies against me. 14They have not cried to me from their hearts when they wailed upon their beds; For wheat and wine they lacerated themselves,* while they rebelled against me. 15Though I trained and strengthened their arms, yet they devised evil against me. 16They have again become useless, like a treacherous bow. Their princes shall fall by the sword because of the insolence of their tongues; thus they shall be mocked in the land of Egypt.

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