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Then the iniquity of Ephraim was uncovered,
And the wickedness of Samaria.
For athey have committed fraud;
A thief comes in;
A band of robbers 1takes spoil outside.
2 They 2do not consider in their hearts
That bI remember all their wickedness;
Now their own deeds have surrounded them;
They are before My face.
3 They make a cking glad with their wickedness,
And princes dwith their lies.
4 “They eare all adulterers.
Like an oven heated by a baker—
He ceases stirring the fire after kneading the dough,
Until it is leavened.
He stretched out his hand with scoffers.
While they lie in wait;
4Their baker sleeps all night;
In the morning it burns like a flaming fire.
And have devoured their judges;
All their kings have fallen.
gNone among them calls upon Me.
8 “Ephraim hhas mixed himself among the peoples;
Ephraim is a cake unturned.
9 iAliens have devoured his strength,
But he does not know it;
Yes, gray hairs are here and there on him,
Yet he does not know it.
10 And the jpride of Israel testifies to his face,
But kthey do not return to the Lord their God,
Nor seek Him for all this.
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