THE HOLY BIBLE Douay-Rheims

Prophecy of Osee (Author Osee)

11:1¤ As the morning passeth, so hath the king of Israel passed away. Because Israel was a child, and I loved him: and I called my son out of Egypt.

11:2As they called them, they went away from before their face: they offered victims to Baalim, and sacrificed to idols.

11:3And I was like a foster father to Ephraim, I carried them in my arms: and they knew not that I healed them.

11:4I will draw them with the cords of Adam, with the bands of love: and I will be to them as one that taketh off the yoke on their jaws: and I put his meat to him that he might eat.

11:5He shall not return into the land of Egypt, but the Assyrian shall be his king: because they would not be converted.

11:6The sword hath begun in his cities, and it shall consume his chosen men, and shall devour their heads.

11:7And my people shall long for my return: but a yoke shall be put upon them together, which shall not be taken off.

11:8How shall I deal with thee, O Ephraim, shall I protect thee, O Israel? how shall I make thee as Adama, shall I set thee as Seboim? my heart is turned within me, my repentance is stirred up.

11:9I will not execute the fierceness of my wrath: I will not return to destroy Ephraim: because I am God, and not man: the holy one in the midst of thee, and I will not enter into the city.

11:10They shall walk after the Lord, he shall roar as a lion: because he shall roar, and the children of the sea shall fear.

11:11And they shall fly away like a bird out of Egypt, and like a dove out of the land of the Assyrians: and I will place them in their own houses, saith the Lord.

11:12Ephraim hath compassed me about with denials, and the house of Israel with deceit: but Juda went down as a witness with God, and is faithful with the saints.

12:1¤ Ephraim feedeth on the wind, and followeth the burning heat: all the day long he multiplied lies and desolation: and he hath made a covenant with the Assyrians, and carried oil into Egypt.

12:2Therefore there is a judgment of the Lord with Juda, and a visitation for Jacob: he will render to him according to his ways, and according to his devices.

12:3In the womb he supplanted his brother: and by his strength he had success with an angel.

12:4And he prevailed over the angel, and was strengthened: he wept, and made supplication to him: he found him in Bethel, and there he spoke with us.

12:5Even the Lord God of hosts, the Lord is his memorial.

12:6Therefore turn thou to thy God: keep mercy and judgment, and hope in thy God always.

12:7He is like Chanaan, there is a deceitful balance in his hand, he hath loved oppression.

12:8And Ephraim said: But yet I am become rich, I have found me an idol: all my labours shall not find me the iniquity that I have committed.

12:9And I that am the Lord thy God from the land of Egypt, will yet cause thee to dwell in tabernacles, as in the days of the feast.

12:10And I have spoken by the prophets, and I have multiplied visions, and I have used similitudes by the ministry of the prophets.

12:11If Galaad be an idol, then in vain were they in Galgal offering sacrifices with bullocks: for their altars also are as heaps in the furrows of the field.

12:12Jacob fled into the country of Syria, and Israel served for a wife, and was a keeper for a wife.

12:13But the Lord by a prophet brought Israel out of Egypt: and he was preserved by a prophet.

12:14Ephraim hath provoked me to wrath with his bitterness, and his blood shall come upon him, and his Lord will render his reproach unto him.

13:1¤ When Ephraim spoke, a horror seized Israel: and he sinned in Baal, and died.

13:2And now they have sinned more and more: and they have made to themselves a molten thing of their silver as the likeness of idols: the whole is the work of craftsmen: to these that say: Sacrifice men, ye that adore calves.

13:3Therefore they shall be as a morning cloud, and as the early dew that passeth away, as the dust that is driven with a whirlwind out of the floor, and as the smoke out of the chimney.

13:4But I am the Lord thy God from the land of Egypt: and thou shalt know no God but me, and there is no saviour beside me.

13:5I knew thee in the desert, in the land of the wilderness.

13:6According to their pastures they were filled, and were made full: and they lifted up their heart, and have forgotten me.

13:7And I will be to them as a lioness, as a leopard in the way of the Assyrians.

13:8I will meet them as a bear that is robbed of her whelps, and I will rend the inner parts of their liver: and I will devour them there as a lion, the beast of the field shall tear them.

13:9Destruction is thy own, O Israel: thy help is only in me.

13:10Where is thy king? now especially let him save thee in all thy cities: and thy judges, of whom thou saidst: Give me kings and princes.

13:11I will give thee a king in my wrath, and will take him away in my indignation.

13:12The iniquity of Ephraim is bound up, his sin is hidden.

13:13The sorrows of a woman in labour shall come upon him, he is an unwise son: for now he shall not stand in the breach of the children.

13:14I will deliver them out of the hand of death. I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy death; O hell, I will be thy bite: comfort is hidden from my eyes.

13:15Because he shall make a separation between brothers: the Lord will bring a burning wind that shall rise from the desert, and it shall dry up his springs, and shall make his fountain desolate, and he shall carry off the treasure of every desirable vessel.

13:16Let Samaria perish, because she hath stirred up her God to bitterness: let them perish by the sword, let their little ones be dashed, and let the women with child be ripped up.

14:1¤ Return, O Israel, to the Lord thy God: for thou hast fallen down by thy iniquity.

14:2Take with you words, and return to the Lord, and say to him: Take away all iniquity, and receive the good: and we will render the calves of our lips.

14:3Assyria shall not save us, we will not ride upon horses, neither will we say any more: The works of our hands are our gods: for thou wilt have mercy on the fatherless that is in thee.

14:4I will heal their breaches, I will love them freely: for my wrath is turned away from them.

14:5I will be as the dew, Israel shall spring as the lily, and his root shall shoot forth as that of Libanus.

14:6His branches shall spread, and his glory shall be as the olive tree: and his smell as that of Libanus.

14:7They shall be converted that sit under his shadow: they shall live upon wheat, and they shall blossom as a vine: his memorial shall be as the wine of Libanus.

14:8Ephraim shall say, What have I to do any more with idols? I will hear him, and I will make him flourish like a green fir tree: from me is thy fruit found.

14:9Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? prudent, and he shall know these things? for the ways of the Lord are right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall in them.



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