Hosea 13
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1  When Efraim spoke piety, He was exalted in Yisrael; But he incurred guilt through Baal, And so he died.

א  כְּדַבֵּר אֶפְרַיִם רְתֵת נָשָׂא הוּא בְּיִשְׂרָאֵל וַיֶּאְשַׁם בַּבַּעַל וַיָּמֹת׃

2  And now they go on sinning; They have made them molten images, Idols, by their skill, from their silver, Wholly the work of craftsmen. Yet for these they appoint men to sacrifice; They are wont to kiss calves!

ב  וְעַתָּה יוֹסִפוּ לַחֲטֹא וַיַּעְשׂוּ לָהֶם מַסֵּכָה מִכַּסְפָּם כִּתְבוּנָם עֲצַבִּים מַעֲשֵׂה חָרָשִׁים כֻּלֹּה לָהֶם הֵם אֹמְרִים זֹבְחֵי אָדָם עֲגָלִים יִשָּׁקוּן׃

3  Assuredly, They shall be like morning clouds, Like dew so early gone; Like chaff whirled away from the threshing floor. And like smoke from a lattice.

ג  לָכֵן יִהְיוּ כַּעֲנַן־בֹּקֶר וְכַטַּל מַשְׁכִּים הֹלֵךְ כְּמֹץ יְסֹעֵר מִגֹּרֶן וּכְעָשָׁן מֵאֲרֻבָּה׃

4  Only I Hashem have been your God Ever since the land of Egypt; You have never known a [true] Hashem but Me, You have never had a helper other than Me.

ד  וְאָנֹכִי יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ מֵאֶרֶץ מִצְרָיִם וֵאלֹהִים זוּלָתִי לֹא תֵדָע וּמוֹשִׁיעַ אַיִן בִּלְתִּי׃

5  I looked after you in the desert, In a thirsty land.

ה  אֲנִי יְדַעְתִּיךָ בַּמִּדְבָּר בְּאֶרֶץ תַּלְאֻבוֹת׃

6  When they grazed, they were sated; When they were sated, they grew haughty; And so they forgot Me.

ו  כְּמַרְעִיתָם וַיִּשְׂבָּעוּ שָׂבְעוּ וַיָּרָם לִבָּם עַל־כֵּן שְׁכֵחוּנִי׃

7  So I am become like a lion to them, Like a leopard I lurk on the way;

ז  וָאֱהִי לָהֶם כְּמוֹ־שָׁחַל כְּנָמֵר עַל־דֶּרֶךְ אָשׁוּר׃

8  Like a bear robbed of her young I attack them And rip open the casing of their hearts; I will devour them there like a lion, The beasts of the field shall mangle them.

ef-g’-SHAYM k’-DOV sha-KUL v’-ek-RA s’-GOR li-BAM v’-o-kh’-LAYM SHAM k’-la-VEE kha-YAT ha-sa-DEH t’-va-k’-AYM

ח  אֶפְגְּשֵׁם כְּדֹב שַׁכּוּל וְאֶקְרַע סְגוֹר לִבָּם וְאֹכְלֵם שָׁם כְּלָבִיא חַיַּת הַשָּׂדֶה תְּבַקְּעֵם׃

13:8  Like a bear robbed of her young

Hoshea portrays Hashem in His ferocious anger at the Children of Israel, as a female bear whose cubs have been stolen. Radak notes that the mother bear takes care of her young cubs much more than most other animals. Therefore, the sense of anger at the loss of her cubs is correspondingly much stronger. Similarly, God cared for Israel for so long that His sense of loss at their rejection of Him is enormous.Comment

9  You are undone, O Yisrael! You had no help but Me.

ט  שִׁחֶתְךָ יִשְׂרָאֵל כִּי־בִי בְעֶזְרֶךָ׃

10  Where now is your king? Let him save you! Where are the chieftains in all your towns Whom you demanded: “Give me a king and officers”?

י  אֱהִי מַלְכְּךָ אֵפוֹא וְיוֹשִׁיעֲךָ בְּכָל־עָרֶיךָ וְשֹׁפְטֶיךָ אֲשֶׁר אָמַרְתָּ תְּנָה־לִּי מֶלֶךְ וְשָׂרִים׃

11  I give you kings in my ire, And take them away in My wrath.

יא  אֶתֶּן־לְךָ מֶלֶךְ בְּאַפִּי וְאֶקַּח בְּעֶבְרָתִי׃

12  Efraim’s guilt is bound up, His sin is stored away.

יב  צָרוּר עֲוֺן אֶפְרָיִם צְפוּנָה חַטָּאתוֹ׃

13  Pangs of childbirth assail him, And the babe is not wise— For this is no time to survive At the birthstool of babes.

יג  חֶבְלֵי יוֹלֵדָה יָבֹאוּ לוֹ הוּא־בֵן לֹא חָכָם כִּי־עֵת לֹא־יַעֲמֹד בְּמִשְׁבַּר בָּנִים׃

14  From Sheol itself I will save them, Redeem them from very Death. Where, O Death, are your plagues? Your pestilence where, O Sheol? Revenge shall be far from My thoughts.

יד  מִיַּד שְׁאוֹל אֶפְדֵּם מִמָּוֶת אֶגְאָלֵם אֱהִי דְבָרֶיךָ מָוֶת אֱהִי קָטָבְךָ שְׁאוֹל נֹחַם יִסָּתֵר מֵעֵינָי׃

15  For though he flourish among reeds, A blast, a wind of Hashem, Shall come blowing up from the wilderness; His fountain shall be parched, His spring dried up. That [wind] shall plunder treasures, Every lovely object.

 

טו  כִּי הוּא בֵּן אַחִים יַפְרִיא יָבוֹא קָדִים רוּחַ יְהוָה מִמִּדְבָּר עֹלֶה וְיֵבוֹשׁ מְקוֹרוֹ וְיֶחֱרַב מַעְיָנוֹ הוּא יִשְׁסֶה אוֹצַר כָּל־כְּלִי חֶמְדָּה׃

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