Hosea 8

Israel Will Reap the Whirlwind

1 Set athe trumpet to your lips!
One blike a vulture is over the house of the  Lord,
because cthey have transgressed my covenant
and rebelled against my law.
2To me they cry,
d“My God, we—Israelknow you.”
3Israel has spurned the good;
the enemy shall pursue him.
4 eThey made kings, fbut not through me.
They set up princes, but I knew it not.
With their silver and gold they made idols
for their own destruction.
5 gI have
Hebrew He has
spurned your calf, O Samaria.
My anger burns against them.
iHow long will they be incapable of innocence?
6For it is from Israel;
a craftsman made it;
it is not God.
jThe calf of Samaria
kshall be broken to pieces.
Or  shall go up in flames

7 For mthey sow the wind,
and they shall reap the whirlwind.
The standing grain has no heads;
it shall yield no flour;
if it were to yield,
nstrangers would devour it.
8 oIsrael is swallowed up;
already they are among the nations
as pa useless vessel.
9For qthey have gone up to Assyria,
ra wild donkey wandering alone;
Ephraim has hired lovers.
10Though they hire allies among the nations,
I will soon gather them up.
And sthe king and princes tshall soon writhe
because of the tribute.
11 Because Ephraim uhas multiplied altars for sinning,
they have become to him altars for sinning.
12 vWere I to write for him my laws by the ten thousands,
they would be regarded as a strange thing.
13As for my sacrificial offerings,
wthey sacrifice meat and eat it,
but the  Lord does not accept them.
xNow he will remember their iniquity
and punish their sins;
ythey shall return to Egypt.
14For zIsrael has forgotten aahis Maker
and abbuilt palaces,
and acJudah has multiplied fortified cities;
so adI will send a fire upon his cities,
and it shall devour her strongholds.
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