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When I would haue healed Israel, then the iniquitie of Ephraim was discouered, and the wickednesse of Samaria: for they commit falsehood: and the thiefe commeth in, and the troupe of robbers spoileth without.
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And they consider not in their hearts that I remember al their wickednesse: now their owne doings haue beset them about, they are before my face.
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They make the king glad with their wickednesse, and the princes with their lies.
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They are al adulterers, as an ouen heated by the baker: who ceaseth from raising after he hath kneaded the dough, vntill it be leauened.
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In the day of our King, the princes haue made him sicke with bottels of wine, he stretched out his hand with scorners.
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For they haue made ready their heart like an ouen, whiles they lie in wait: their baker sleepeth all the night, in the morning it burneth as a flaming fire.
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They are all hot as an ouen, and haue deuoured their Iudges;
all their Kings are fallen, there is none among them that calleth vnto me.
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Ephraim, he hath mixed himselfe among the people, Ephraim is a cake not turned.
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Strangers haue deuoured his strength, and hee knoweth it not: yea, gray haires are here and there vpon him, yet he knoweth not.
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And the pride of Israel testifieth to his face, and they doe not returne to the Lord their God, nor seeke him for all this.
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Ephraim also is like a silly doue, without heart: they call to Egypt;
they goe to Assyria.
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When they shall goe, I wil spread my net vpon them, I will bring them downe as the foules of the heauen: I will chastise them as their congregation hath heard.
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Woe vnto them, for they haue fled from me: destruction vnto them, because they haue transgressed against me, though I haue redeemed them, yet they haue spoken lies against me.
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And they haue not cryed vnto me with their heart, when they howled vpon their beds: they assemble themselues for corne and wine, and they rebell against me.
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Though I haue bound, and strengthened their armes, yet doe they imagine mischiefe against me.
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They returne, but not to the most High: they are like a deceitfull bow: their princes shall fall by the sword, for the rage of their tongue: this shall be their derision in the land of Egypt.