• May 8, 2016
  • BY Scott Lilly
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Charles Haddon Spurgeon: If there is no visible difference between you and the world, depend upon it there is no invisible difference.


Hosea 7:8-16

Ephraim mixes himself with the peoples;

Ephraim is a cake not turned.

Strangers devour his strength,

and he knows it not;

gray hairs are sprinkled upon him,

and he knows it not.

The pride of Israel testifies to his face;

yet they do not return to the Lord their God,

nor seek him, for all this.


Ephraim is like a dove,

silly and without sense,

calling to Egypt, going to Assyria.

As they go, I will spread over them my net;

I will bring them down like birds of the heavens;

I will discipline them according to the report made to their congregation.

Woe to them, for they have strayed from me!

Destruction to them, for they have rebelled against me!

I would redeem them,

but they speak lies against me.


They do not cry to me from the heart,

but they wail upon their beds;

for grain and wine they gash themselves;

they rebel against me.

Although I trained and strengthened their arms,

yet they devise evil against me.

They return, but not upward;

they are like a treacherous bow;

their princes shall fall by the sword

because of the insolence of their tongue.

This shall be their derision in the land of Egypt.

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