7 They all get heated like an oven And devour their rulers— None of them calls to Me. All their kings have fallen [by their hand].
ku-LAM yay-KHA-mu ka-ta-NUR v’-a-kh’-LU et sho-f’-tay-HEM kol mal-khay-HEM na-FA-lu ayn ko-RAY va-HEM ay-LAI
ז כֻּלָּם יֵחַמּוּ כַּתַּנּוּר וְאָכְלוּ אֶת־שֹׁפְטֵיהֶם כָּל־מַלְכֵיהֶם נָפָלוּ אֵין־קֹרֵא בָהֶם אֵלָי׃
7:7 None of them calls to Me
In its final years, the northern kingdom suffers from political instability, with four kings assassinated in less than fifteen years (746-732 BCE). Chapter 7 describes how the dishonest princes and nobles constantly conspire against their leaders, devouring their judges and killing their kings. Indeed, of the northern kingdom’s seventeen rulers, only eight died naturally. Hoshea criticizes this, but adds poignantly that in the efforts to establish a lasting kingship, no one thought to call upon Hashem, the only King whose protection is guaranteed and everlasting.