(The Scriptures)
The book of the prophet Oseas called Hosea
Chap. Lookup: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14

This is the word of the LORD, that came unto Oseas the son of Beeri, in the days of Oseas, Joathan, Ahaz, and Jezekiah kings of Judah: and in the time of Jeroboam the son of Joas king of Israell.
First, when the LORD spake unto Oseas, he said unto him: Go thy way, take an harlot to thy wife, and get children by her: for the land hath committed great whoredom against the LORD.
So he went, and took Gomer the daughter of Deblaim: which conceived, and brought forth a son.
And the LORD said unto him: Call his name Iesrael, for I will shortly avenge the blood of Iesrael upon the house of Jehu,|Iehu| and will bring the kingdom of the house of Israell to an end.
Then will I break the bow of Israell in the valley of Iesrael.
She conceived yet again, and bare a daughter. And he said unto him: Call her name Loruhamah (that is, not obtaining mercy) for I will have no pity upon the house of Israell, but forget them, and put them clean out of remembrance.
Nevertheless I will have mercy upon the house of Judah, and will save them even thorow the LORD their God. But I will not deliver them thorow any bow, sword, battle, horses, or horsemen.
Now when she had weaned Loruhamah, she conceived again, and bare a son.
Then said he: call his name Lo amy. For why? ye are not my people, therefore will not I be yours.
And though the number of the children of Israell be as the sand of the sea, which can neither be measured nor told: yet in the place where it is said unto them; Ye be not my people: even there shall it be thus reported of them: they be the children of the living God.
Then shall the children of Judah|Iuda| and the children of Israel be gathered together again, and chose themselves one head, and then depart out of the land: for great shall be the day of Israel.
Tell your brethren, that they are my people: and your sistren, that they have obtained|optayned| mercy.
As for your mother, ye shall chide with her, and reprove her: for she is not my wife, neither am I her husband, unless she put away her whoredoms out of my sight, and her advoutry from her breasts.
If no, I shall strip her naked, and set her, even as she came into the world: Yea I shall lay her waste, and make her like a wilderness, and slay her for thirst.
I shall have no pity also upon her children, for they be the children of fornication.
Their mother hath broken her wedlock, and she that bare them, is come to confusion. For she said: I will go after my lovers, that give me my water and my bread, my wool|woll| and my flax, my oil and my drink.
But I will hedge her way with thorns, and stop{stoppe} it, that she shall not find her footsteps:
and though she run after her lovers, yet shall she not get them: she shall seek them, but not find them. Then shall she say: well, I will go turn again to my first husband, for at that time was I better at ease, than now.
But this would she not know, where as I yet gave her corn, wine, oil, silver and gold, which she hath hanged upon Baal.
Wherefore now will I go take my corn and wine again in their season, and fet again my wool and my flax, which I gave her to cover her shame.
And now will I discover her foolishness, even in the sight of her lovers, and no man shall deliver her out of my hands.
Moreover, I will take away all her mirth, her holy days, her new moons, her Sabbaths, and all her solempne feasts:
I will destroy her vineyards and fig trees, though she sayeth: lo, here are my rewards, that my lovers have given me. I will make it a wood, and the wild beasts shall eat it up.
I will punish her also for the days of Baal, wherein she censed him, decking him with her earings and chains: when she followed her lovers, and forgat me, sayeth the LORD.
Wherefore behold, I will call her again bring her into a wilderness, and speak friendly unto her:
there will I give her, her vineyards again, yea and the valley of Achor also, to shew her hope and comfort. Then shall she sing there as in the time of her youth, and like as in the day when she came out of the land of Egypt.
Then (sayeth the LORD) she shall say unto me: O my husband, and shall call me no more Baal:
for I will take away those names of Baal from her mouth, yea she shall never remember their names any more.
Then will I make a covenant with them, with the wild beasts, with the fowls of the air, and with everything that creepeth upon the earth. As for bow, sword and battle, I will destroy such out of the land, and will make them to sleep safely.
Thus will I marry thee unto mine own self forevermore: yea even to myself will I marry thee, in righteousness, in equity, in loving-kindness, and mercy.
In faith also will I marry thee, unto myself, and thou shalt know the LORD.
At the same time will I shew myself friendly and gracious unto the heavens, sayeth the LORD: and the heavens shall help the earth,
and the earth shall help the corn, wine, and oil, and they shall help Iesrael.
I will sow them upon earth, for a seed to mine own self, and will have mercy upon her, that was without mercy. And to them which were not my people, I will say: Thou art my people. And he shall say: thou art my God.(Septuagint: And I will sow her to me on the earth; and will love her that was not loved, and will say to that which was not my people, Thou art my people; and they shall say, Thou art the Lord my God. Romans 9:25)
Then said the LORD to me: Go yet thy way and vow|wow| an advoutrous woman, whom thy neighbour loveth, as the LORD doth the children of Israell: how be it they have respect to strange gods, and love the wine cans.
So I gat her for fifteen silverlings, and for an homer and an half of barley,
and said unto her: Thou shalt bide with me a long season, but see that thou playest not the harlot, and look thou meddle with none other man, and then will I keep my self for thee.
Thus the children of Israel shall sit a great while without king and prince, without offering and alter, without priest and revelation.
But afterward shall the children of Israel convert, and seek the LORD their God, and David their king: and in the latter days they shall worship the LORD, and his loving-kindness.
Hear the word of the LORD, O ye children of Israel: For the LORD must punish them, that dwell in the land. And why? There is no faithfulness, there is no mercy, there is no knowledge of God in the land:
but swearing, lying, manslaughter, theft, and advoutry have gotten the overhand, and one bloodguiltyness followeth another.
Therefore shall the land be in a miserable cause, and all they that dwell therein, shall mourn. The beasts in the field, the fowls in the air, and the fishes in the sea shall die.
Yet is there none, that will chasten nor reprove another. The priests which should reform other men, are become like the people.
Therefore stumblest thou in the daytime and the prophet with them in the night. I will bring thy mother to silence, and why?
my people perish, because they have no knowledge. Seeing then that thou hast refused understanding, therefore will I refuse thee also: so that thou shalt no more be my priest. And for so much as thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.
The more they increased in multitude, the more they sinned against me, therefore will I change their honour into shame.
They eat up the sins of my people, and courage them in their wickedness.
Thus the priest is become like the people. Wherefore I will punish them for their wicked ways, and reward them according to their own imaginations.
They shall eat, and not have enough: they have used whoredom, therefore shall they not prosper: and why? they have forsaken the LORD, and not regarded him.
Whoredom, wine and drunkenness take the heart away.
My people ask counsel at their stocks, their staff must tell them. For an whorish mind hath deceived them, so that they commit fornication against their God.
They make sacrifices upon the high mountains, and burn their incense upon the hills, yea among the oaks, groves and bushes, for there are good shadows. Therefore your daughters are become harlots, and your spouses have broken their wedlock,
I will not punish your daughters for being defiled, and your brides that became whores: seeing the fathers themselves have meddled with harlots, and offered with unthriftiness: but the people that will not understand must be punished.
Though thou Israel are disposed to play the harlot, yet shouldest not thou have offended, O Juda: thou shouldest not have run to Gilgal,|Galgala| nor gone up to Bethhaven, nor have sworn, the LORD liveth.
For Israel is gone back like a wanton cow. The LORD therefore shall make her feed, as the lamb that goeth astray.
And whereas Ephraim is become partaker of Idols, well, let him go.
Their drunkenness hath put them back, and brought them to whoredom. Their rulers love rewards, bring (say they) to their own shame.
A wind shall take hold of their feathers, and they shall be confounded in their offerings.
O ye priests: hear this, take heed, O thou household of Israel: give ear, O thou kingly house: for this punishment will come upon you, that are become a snare unto Mizphah, and a spread net unto the mount of Thabor.
They kill sacrifices by heaps, to beguile the people therewith: therefore will I punish them all.
I know Ephraim well enough, and Israell is not hid from me: for Ephraim is become an harlot: and Israel is defiled.
They are not minded to turn unto their God, for they have an whorish heart, so that they can not know the LORD.
But the pride of Israel will be rewarded him in his face, yea both Israel and Ephraim shall fall for their wickedness, and Judah with them also.
They shall come with their sheep and bullocks to seek the LORD, but they shall not find him, for he is gone from them.
As for the LORD, they have refused him, and brought up bastard children: a month therefore shall devour them with their portions.
Blow with the shawmes at Gabea, and with the trumpet in Ramah, cry out at Bethaven upon the yon-side of BenJamin.
In that time of the plague shall Ephraim be laid waste, therefore did I faithfully warn the tribes of Israel.
Yet are the princes of Juda become like them, that remove the landmarks, therefore will I pour out my wrath upon them like water.
Ephraim is oppressed, and can have no right of the law: for why? they follow the doctrines of men.
Therefore will I be unto Ephraim as a moth, and to the house of Juda as a caterpillar.
When Ephraim saw his sickness, and Judah his disease: Ephraim went unto Assur, and sent unto king Jareb: yet could not he help you, nor ease you of your pain.
I am unto Ephraim as a lion, and as a lion's whelp to the house of Judah. Even I, I will spoil them, and go my way. I will take them with me, and no man shall rescue them.
I will go, and return to my place, till they wax faint, and seek me.
In their adversity they shall seek me, and say: come, let us turn again to the LORD: for he hath smitten us, and he shall heal us:
He hath wounded us, and he shall bind us up again: after two days shall he quicken us, in the third day he shall raise us up, so that we shall live in his sight.
Then shall we have understanding, and endeavor ourselves to know the LORD. He shall go forth as the spring of the day, and come unto us as the evening and morning rain upon the earth.
O Ephraim, what shall I do unto thee? O Judah, how shall I entreat thee? seeing your love is like a morning cloud, and like a dew that goeth early away.
Therefore have I cut down the prophets, and let them be slain for my words' sake: so that thy punishment shall come to light.
For I have pleasure in loving-kindness, and not in offering: Yea in the knowledge of God, more than in burnt sacrifice.(Septuagint: For I will have mercy rather than sacrifice, and the knowledge of God rather than whole-burnt-offerings. Matthew 9:13 and Matthew 12:7)
But even like as Adam did, so have they broken my covenant, and set me at naught.
Gilead is a city of wicked doers, of malicious people and bloodshedders.
The multitude of the priests is like an heap of thieves, murderers and bloodthirsty: for they have wrought abomination.
Horrible things have I seen in the house of Israel, there playeth Ephraim the harlot, and Israell is defiled:
but Judah shall have an harvest for himself, when I return the captivity of my people.
When I undertake to make Israel whole, then the ungraciousness of Ephraim and the wickedness of Samaria cometh to light: then go they about with lies. At home, they be thieves: and without they fall to robbing.
They consider not in their hearts that I remember all their wickedness. They go about with their own inventions, but I see them well enough.
They make the king and the princes, to have pleasure in their wickedness and lies.
All these burn in advoutry, as it were an oven that the baker heateth, when he hath left kneading, till the dough be leavened.
Even so goeth it this day with our kings and princes, for they begin to be wood drunken thorow wine: they use familiarity with such as deceive them.
They with the imagination of their heart are like an oven, their sleep is all night like the sleep of a baker, in the morning is he as hot as the flame of fire:
they are altogether as hot as an oven. They have devoured their own judges, all their kings are fallen: yet is there none of them that calleth upon me.
Therefore must Ephraim be mixt among the Heathen. Ephraim is become like a cake, that no man turneth:
Strangers have devoured his strength, yet he regardeth it not: he waxeth full of gray hairs, yet will he not know it:
And the pride of Israel is cast down before their face, yet will they not turn to the LORD their God, nor|ner| seek him for all this.
Ephraim is like a dove, that is beguiled, and hath no heart. Now call they upon the Egyptians, now go they to the Assyrians:
but while they be going here and there, I shall spread my net over them, and draw them down as the fowls of the air: and according as they have been warned, so will I punish them;
Woe be unto them, for they have forsaken me. They must be destroyed, for they have set me at naught. I am he that have redeemed them, and yet they dissemble with me.
They call not upon me with their hearts, but lie howling|yowling| upon their beds. Where as they come together, it is but for meat and drink, and me will they not obey.
I have taught them, and defended their army, yet do they imagine mischief against me.
They turn themselves, but not a right, and are become as a broken bow. Their princes shall be slain with the sword, for the malice of their tongues, such blasphemies have they learned in the land of Egypt.
Set the horn to thy mouth, and blow: get thee swiftly (as an Aegle) into the house of the LORD: for they have broken my covenant, and transgressed my law.
Israel can say unto me: thou art my God, we know thee:
but he hath refused the thing that is good, therefore shall the enemy follow upon him.
They have ordained kings, but not thorow me: they have made princes, and I must not know of it. Of their silver and gold have they made them images, to bring them selves to destruction.
Thy calf, O Samaria, shall be taken away, for my wrothfull indignation is gone forth against thee. How long will it be, or they can be cleansed?
For the calf came from Israel, the workman made it therefore can it be no God, but even to a spiders web shall the calf of Samaria be turned.
They have sown wind, therefore shall they reap a storm. Their seed shall bear no corn, there shall no meal be made of their increase: though they reap,|yer be| yet shall strangers devour it up.
Israel shall perish, the Gentiles shall entreat him as a foul vessel.
Since they went up to the Assyrians, they are become like a wild ass in the desert. Ephraim giveth rewards to get lovers.
Therefore are they scattered among the Heathen; There will I gather them up. They shall soon be weary of the burthen of king and princes.
Ephraim hath made many altars to do wickedness, therefore shall the altars turn to his sin.
Though I shew them my law never so much, they count it but strange doctrine.
Where as they do sacrifice, offering the flesh and eating it: The LORD will have no pleasure therein: but will remember their wickedness, and punish their sins. Israel turneth again into Egypt,
they have forgotten him that made them, they build churches, and Juda maketh many strong cities: therefore will I send a fire into their cities, and it shall consume their places.
Do not thou triumph, O Israel make no boasting|boosting| more than the Heathen, for thou hast committed advoutry against thy God: strange rewards hast thou loved, more than all the corn floors.
Therefore shall they no more enjoy the corn floors and winepresses, and their sweet wine shall fail them.
They will not dwell in the LORD's land, but Ephraim turneth again into Egypt, and eateth unclean things among the Assyrians.
They pour out no wine for a drink offering unto the LORD, neither give they him their slain offerings: but they be unto them as mourners meats, wherein all they that eat them, are defiled. For the bread that they have such lust unto, shall not come into the house of the LORD.
What will ye do then in the solempne days, and in the feast of the LORD?
Lo, they shall get them away for the destruction? Egypt shall receive them, and Noph shall bury them. The nettles shall overgrow their pleasant goods, and burrs shall be in their tabernacles.
Be ye sure (O Israel) the time of visitation is come, the days of recompensing are at hand. As for the prophet, ye hold him for a fool: and him that is rich in the spirit, for a mad man: so great is your wickedness and malice.
Ephraim hath made himself a watchman of my God, a prophet that is become a snare to do hurt in every street, and abomination in the house of his God.
They be gone too far, and have destroyed themselves, like as they did afore time at Gabaa. Therefore their wickedness shall be remembered, and their sins punished.
I found Israel like grapes in the wilderness, and saw their fathers as the first figs in the top of the fig tree. But they are gone to Baal Peor, and run away from me to that shameful Idol, and are become as abominable as their lovers.
Ephraim flyeth like a bird, so shall their glory also: In so much, that they shall neither beget, conceive nor bear children.
And though they bring up any, yet will I make them childless among men. Yea woe shall come to them, when I depart from them.
Ephraim (as me think) is planted in wealthiness, like as Tyrus, but now must she bring her own children forth to the manslayer.
O LORD thou shalt give them: what shalt thou give them? give them an unfruitful womb and dry breasts.
All their wickedness is done at Gilgal, there do I abhor them. For the ungraciousness of their own inventions, I will drive them out of my house. I will love them no more, for all their princes are unfaithful.
Ephraim is hewn down, their root is dried up, so that they shall bring no more fruit: yea and though they bring forth any, yet will I slay even the best beloved fruit of their body.
My God shall cast them away, for they have not been obedient unto him, therefore shall they go astray among the Heathen.
CHAP. 10
Israell was a goodly vine, but he hath brought forth unprofitable fruit: yea the more fruit he had the more alters he made: the more good I did to their land, the more friendship shewed they to their Images.
Their heart is divided, therefore will they be destroyed. The LORD shall break down their Images, he shall destroy their altars.
Then shall they say: we have no king, for why? we have not feared the LORD. And what shall then the king do to us?
They commune|comon| together, and swear vain oaths: they be confederate together, therefore groweth their punishment, as the weeds in the furrows of the land.
They that dwell in Samaria have worshiped the calf of Bethaven: therefore shall the people mourn over them, yea and the priests also, that in their wealthiness rejoiced with them: and why? it shall pass away from them.
It shall be brought to the Assyrian for a present unto king Jareb. Ephraim shall receive full punishment: Israel shall be confounded for his own imaginations,
Samaria with his king shall vanish away, as the scum in|scomme upon| the water.
The high places of Aven, where Israel do sin, shall be cast down: thistles and thorns shall grow upon their alters. Then shall they say to the mountains: cover us, and to the hills: fall upon us.
O Israel, thou hast sinned as Gabaa did afore time, where they remained: should not the battle then come upon the wicked children, as well as upon the Gabaonites?
I will chasten them, even after mine own desire, the people shall be gathered together over them, when I punish them for their great wickedness.
Ephraim was unto me, as a cow that is used to go to plow, therefore I loved him, and fell upon his fair neck. I drove Ephraim, Juda plowed, and Jacob played the husbandman:
that they might sow unto righteousness, and reap the fruits of well doing: that they might plow up their fresh land and seek the LORD, till he came, and learned them righteousness.
But now they have plowed them wickedness, therefore shall they reap sin, and eat the fruit of lies. Seeing thou puttest thy confidence in thine own ways, and leanest to the multitude of thy worthies:
there shall grow a sedition among thy people. All thy strong cities shall be laid waste, even as Salmana was destroyed with his familiars, thorow him that was avenged of Arbel,|Baal| in the day of battle where the mother perished with her children.
Even so shall it go with you (O Bethel) because of your malicious wickedness. Like as the morning goeth away, so shall the king of Israel pass.
CHAP. 11
When Israel was young, I loved him: and called my son out of the land of Egypt.(Septuagint: Early in the morning were they cast off, the king of Israel has been cast off: for Israel is a child, and I loved him, and out of Egypt have I called his children. Note Masoretic quote: Matthew 2:15)
But the more they were called, the more they went back, offering unto Idols, and censing Images.
I learned Ephraim to go, and bare them in mine arms, but they regarded not me, that would have helped them.
I led them with cords of friendship, and with bands of love. I was even he, that laid the yoke upon their necks. I gave them their fodder myself,
that they should not go again into Egypt. And now is Assur their king: for they would not turn unto me.
Therefore shall the sword begin in their cities, the store that they have laid up,|likened unto| shall be destroyed and eaten: |up:| and that because of their own imaginations.
My people hath no lust to turn unto me, their prophets lay the yoke upon them, but they ease them not of their burthen.
What great things have I given thee, O Ephraim? how faithfully have I defended thee, O Israel? have I dealt with thee as with Adam? or have I entreated thee like Seboim? No, my heart is otherwise minded. Yea my mercy is to fervent:
therefore have I not turned me to destroy Ephraim in my wrothful displeasure. For I am God, and no man, I am even that holy one in the middest of thee, though I came not within the city.
The LORD roareth like a lion, that they may follow him: yea as a lion roareth he, that they may be afraid like the children of the sea:
that they may be scattered|scarred| away from Egypt, as men scare birds: and frayed away (as doves use to be) from the Assirian's land: and that because I would have them tarry at home, sayeth the LORD.
But Ephraim goeth about me with lies, and the house of Israel dissembleth. Only Juda holdeth him with God, and with the true holy things.
CHAP. 12
Ephraim keepeth the air, and followeth after the east wind: he is ever increasing lies and destruction. They be confederate with the Assyrians, their oil is carried into Egypt.
The LORD hath a court to hold with Judah, and will punish Jacob: After their own ways and according to their own inventions, shall he recompense them.
He took his brother by the heel, when he was yet in his mother's womb: and in his strength he wrestled with God.
He strove with the angel, and gat the victory: so that he prayed and desired him. He found|fande| him at Bethel, and there he talked with us.
Yea the LORD God of hosts, even the LORD him self remembered him:
Then turn to thy God, keep mercy and equity, and hope still in thy God.
But the merchant hath a false weight in his hand, he hath a pleasure to occupy extortion.
Ephraim thinketh thus: Tush, I am rich, I have good enough: In all my works shall not one fault be found, that I have offended.
Yet am I the LORD thy God, even as when I brought thee out of the land of Egypt, and set thee in thy tents, and as in the high feast days.
I have spoken thorow the prophets, and shewed divers visions, and declared myself by the ministration of the prophets.
But at Gilead is the abomination, they are fallen to vanity. At Gilgal they have slain oxen: and as many heaps of stones as they had in their land furrows, so many alters have they made.
Jacob fled into the land of Syria, and Israell served for a wife, and for a wife he kept sheep.
By a prophet the LORD brought them out of Egypt, and by a prophet he preserved them.
But Ephraim hath provoked him to displeasure thorow his abominations; therefore shall his blood be poured upon himself, and the Lord|LORDE| his God shall reward him his blasphemies.
CHAP. 13
The abomination of Ephraim is come also into Israel. He is gone back to Baal, therefore must he die.
And now they sin more and more: of their silver, they make them molten Images, like the idols of the Heathen, and yet all is nothing but the work of the craftsmen. Notwithstanding they preach of the same: who so will kiss the calves, offereth to men.
Therefore they shall be as the morning cloud, and as the dew that early passeth away, and like as dust that the wind taketh away from the floor, and as smoke that goeth out of the chimney.
I am the LORD thy God, (that establishes the heaven, and creates the earth, whose hands have framed the whole host of heaven: but I shewed them not to thee that thou shouldest go after them: and) which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: that thou shouldest know no God but me only, and that thou shouldest have no Saviour but only me.
I took diligent heed of thee in the wilderness, that dry land.
But when they were well fed and had enough, they waxed proud, and forgot me.
Therefore will I be unto them as a lion, and as a leopard in the way to the Assirians.
I will come upon them as a she bear, that is robbed of her whelps, and I will break that stubborn heart of theirs. There will I devour them as a lion: yea the wild beast shall tear them.
O Israel, thou doest but destroy thyself; In me only is thy help.
Where are thy kings now, that shouldest help thee in all thy cities? Yea and thy judges, of whom thou sayest: give me a king and princes?
well, I gave thee a king in my wrath, and in my displeasure will I take him from thee again.
The wickedness of Ephraim is bound together, and his sin lieth hid.
Therefore shall sorrows come upon him, as upon a woman that travaileth. An undiscrete son is he: for he considereth not, that he should not have been able to have endured in the time of his birth,
had not I defended him from the grave, and delivered him from death. O death, I will be thy death: O hell, I will be thy sting.(Septuagint: I will deliver them out of the power of Hades, and will redeem them from death: where is thy penalty, O death? O Hades, where is thy sting? comfort is hidden from mine eyes. 1 Corinthians 15:55)
Yet can I see no comforth, for when he is now the goodliest among the brethren, the East wind (even the wind of the LORD) shall come down from the wilderness, and dry up his conduits,|condytes| and drink up his wells: he shall spoil the treasure of all pleasant vessels.
As for Samaria, they shall be made waste, and why? they are disobedient unto their God. They shall perish with the sword, their children shall be slain, and their women great|bygg| with child shall be ripped|rypte| up.
CHAP. 14
O Israel, turn thee now, unto the LORD thy God, for thou hast taken a great fall thorow thy wickedness.{Turn Israel unto the LORD thy God: For thou art fallen for thy wickednesses' sake.}
Take these words with you, when ye turn to the LORD,|LORDE| and say unto him: O forgive us all our sins, receive us graciously, and then will we offer thee bullocks of our lips unto thee.{Take words with you and turn unto the Lord. And say unto him: remit all wickedness and given things, and we will pay thee openly that we have promised with our lips.}
Assur shall be no more our helper, neither will we ride upon horses any more. As for the works of our hands, we will no more call upon them: for it is thou that art our God, thou shewest ever mercy unto the fatherless.{Asshur shall not save us, neither will we ride on horses: neither will we say to the works of our own hands, ye are our Gods, for thou hast compassion on the friendless.}
O (if they would do this) I should heal their sores: yea with all my heart would I love them: so that my wrath should clean be turned away from them:{I will heal their obedience and will love them of mine own accord: for my wrath is ceased from them.}
Yea I would be unto Israel as the dew, and he should grow as the lily, and his root should break out as Libanus.{I will be as dew to Israel, and he shall flourish as a lily, and stretch out his roots as Lebanon.}
His branches should spread out abroad, and be as fair as the olive tree, and smell as Libanus.{His branches shall run out, and as an olive tree shall his glory be, and his savour as Lebanon.}
They that dwell under his shadow, should come again, and grow up as the corn, and flourish as the vine: he should have as good a name, as the wine of Libanus.{They that shall turn and sit in his shadow, shall live with corn, and flourish as vines. His renown shall be as the wine of Lebanon.}
O Ephraim what have I to do with Idols any more? I will graciously hear him, and lead him forth. I will be unto thee as a green fir tree, upon me shalt thou find thy fruit.{Ephraim, what have ye any more to do with idols? I have healed him and looked on him. I will be as a great fir tree, and of me shall thy fruit be found.}
Who so is wise, shall understand this: and he that is right instruct, will regard it. For the ways of the LORD are righteous, such as be godly will walk in them: As for the wicked, they will stumble therein.{Who is wise to anderstand these things and hath wit to perceive them? For the ways of the LORD are straight, and the righteous shall walk in them: but the wicked shall tumble in them.}

The ende of the prophecye of Oseas.