Hosea 8

Israel Will Reap the Whirlwind

1 Set a  the trumpet to your lips!
One b  like a vulture is over the house of the  Lord,
because c  they 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 e  They made kings, f  but 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 g  I have
Hebrew He has
spurned your calf, O Samaria.
My anger burns against them.
i  How long will they be incapable of innocence?
6For it is from Israel;
a craftsman made it;
it is not God.
j  The calf of Samaria
k  shall be broken to pieces.
Or  shall go up in flames

7 For m  they 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,
n  strangers would devour it.
8 o  Israel is swallowed up;
already they are among the nations
as p  a useless vessel.
9For q  they have gone up to Assyria,
r  a wild donkey wandering alone;
Ephraim has hired lovers.
10Though they hire allies among the nations,
I will soon gather them up.
And s  the king and princes t  shall soon writhe
because of the tribute.
11 Because Ephraim u  has multiplied altars for sinning,
they have become to him altars for sinning.
12 v  Were I to write for him my laws by the ten thousands,
they would be regarded as a strange thing.
13As for my sacrificial offerings,
w  they sacrifice meat and eat it,
but the  Lord does not accept them.
x  Now he will remember their iniquity
and punish their sins;
y  they shall return to Egypt.
14For z  Israel has forgotten aa  his Maker
and ab  built palaces,
and ac  Judah has multiplied fortified cities;
so ad  I will send a fire upon his cities,
and it shall devour her strongholds.
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