Hosea 101 aIsrael is a luxuriant vine
that yields its fruit.
The more his fruit increased,
bthe more altars he built;
as his country improved,
he improved his pillars.
2Their heart is false;
now they must bear their guilt.
The Lord ▼
▼Hebrew Hewill break down their altars
and destroy their pillars.
3 For now they will say:
d“We have no king,
for we do not fear the Lord;
and a king—what could he do for us?”
4They utter emere words;
with empty oaths they make covenants;
so fjudgment springs up like poisonous weeds
gin the furrows of the field.
5The inhabitants of Samaria tremble
for hthe calf ▼
▼Or calvesof jBeth-aven.
Its people mourn for it, and so do its idolatrous priests—
those who rejoiced over it and kover its glory—
for it has departed ▼
▼Or has gone into exilefrom them.
6 mThe thing itself shall be carried to Assyria
as tribute to nthe great king. ▼
▼Or to King Jareb
Ephraim shall be put to shame,
and Israel shall be ashamed pof his idol. ▼
7 rSamaria’s king shall perish
like a twig on the face of the waters.
8The high places of sAven, tthe sin of Israel,
shall be destroyed.
uThorn and thistle shall grow up
on their altars,
and vthey shall say to the mountains, “Cover us,”
and to the hills, “Fall on us.”
9 From wthe days of Gibeah, you have sinned, O Israel;
there they have continued.
Shall not the war against the unjust ▼
▼Hebrew the children of injusticeovertake them in Gibeah?
10 yWhen I please, zI will discipline them,
and nations shall be gathered against them
when they are bound up for aatheir double iniquity.
11 Ephraim was a trained calf
that abloved to thresh,
and I spared her fair neck;
but I will put acEphraim to the yoke;
adJudah must plow;
Jacob must harrow for himself.
12 aeSow for yourselves righteousness;
reap steadfast love;
afbreak up your fallow ground,
for it is the time to seek the Lord,
that he may come and agrain righteousness upon you.
13 ahYou have plowed iniquity;
you have reaped injustice;
you have eaten the fruit of lies.
Because you have trusted in your own way
and in the multitude of your warriors,
14therefore aithe tumult of war shall arise among your people,
and all your fortresses shall be destroyed,
as ajShalman destroyed Beth-arbel on the day of battle;
akmothers were dashed in pieces with their children.
15Thus it shall be done to you, O alBethel,
because of your great evil.
At dawn amthe king of Israel
shall be utterly cut off.
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