Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

Hosea Chapters

1 When Ephraim used to speak, all trembled; he was a power in Israel; but once he had incurred guilt with Baal, he died.

2 And now they compound their sins by casting images for themselves out of their silver, idols of their own invention, the work of craftsmen, all of it! 'Sacrifice to them,' they say! Men bestow kisses to calves!

3 That is why they will be like morning mist, like the dew that quickly disappears, like the chaff whirled from the threshing-floor, like smoke escaping through the window.

4 But I have been Yahweh your God since your days in Egypt when you knew no god but me, since you had no one else to save you.

5 I cared for you in the desert, in the land of dreadful drought.

6 I pastured them, and they were satisfied; once satisfied, their hearts grew proud, and therefore they forgot me.

7 So now I shall be like a lion to them, like a leopard I shall lurk beside the road,

8 like a bear robbed of her cubs I shall meet them and rend the membrane of their heart, and there like a lioness I shall eat them, like a wild beast tear them to shreds.

9 Israel, you have destroyed yourself though in me lies your help.

10 Your king, where is he now, to save you, or the governors in all your cities? - whom you once pleaded for, saying, 'Give me a king and princes!'

11 In my anger I gave you a king and in my wrath I have taken him away.

12 Ephraim's guilt is packed away, his sin is locked up.

13 Pangs as of childbirth overtake him, and a stupid child he is; his time is due, but he does not leave the womb.

14 Shall I save them from the clutches of Sheol? Shall I buy them back from Death? Where are your plagues, Death? Where are your scourges, Sheol? Compassion will be banished from my sight!

15 Though Ephraim bears more fruit than his brothers, the wind from the East will come, Yahweh's breath blowing up from the desert to dry his spring, to dry up his fountain, to strip his treasury of everything worth having.

More Bible

Daily Readings

November 25th, 2015

Reading 1, Daniel 5:1-6, 13-14, 16-17, 23-28: 1 King Belshazzar gave a great banquet for ... Responsorial Psalm, Daniel 3:62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67: 62 Bless the Lord, sun and moon, ... Gospel, Luke 21:12-19: 12 'But before all this happens, you will be seized and persecuted; ... continue reading

More Daily Readings
November 2015

Daily Readings by Email

Daily Readings newsletter icon

Daily readings of the Mass. 7 days/week. See Sample


New Jerusalem Bible

New Jerusalem Bible

The New Jerusalem Bible (NJB) is a Catholic translation of the Bible published in 1985. The New Jerusalem Bible (NJB) has become the most widely used Roman Catholic Bible outside of the United States. It has the imprimatur of Cardinal George Basil Hume.

Like its predecessor, the Jerusalem Bible, the New Jerusalem Bible (NJB) version is translated "directly from the Hebrew, Greek or Aramaic." The 1973 French translation, the Bible de Jerusalem, is followed only "where the text admits to more than one interpretation." Introductions and notes, with some modifications, are taken from the Bible de Jerusalem.

Source: The Very Reverend Dom (Joseph) Henry Wansbrough, OSB, MA (Oxon), STL (Fribourg), LSS (Rome), a monk of Ampleforth Abbey and a biblical scholar. He was General Editor of the New Jerusalem Bible. "New Jerusalem Bible, Regular Edition", pg. v.

Old Testament

New Testament


Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

  • Couple heartbroken after doctor performs abortion without mother's ...
  • Daily Readings for Wednesday, November 25, 2015
  • Prayer For Courage HD
  • 'Domestic terrorism': 5 People shot during Black Lives Matter protest ...
  • St. Catherine of Alexandria: Saint of the Day for Wednesday, November ...
  • 5 unbelievable times children taught us to be better human beings
  • Advent Wreath Prayer HD

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Daniel 5:1-6, 13-14, 16-17, 23-28
1 King Belshazzar gave a great banquet for his noblemen, a thousand of ... Read More

Psalm, Daniel 3:62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67
62 Bless the Lord, sun and moon, praise and glorify him for ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 21:12-19
12 'But before all this happens, you will be seized and persecuted; you ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for November 25th, 2015 Image

St. Catherine of Alexandria
November 25: St. Catherine of Alexandria, Virgin and Martyr ... Read More