Hosea 8

1Set the trumpet to thy mouth: he shall come as an eagle against the House of the Lord, because they haue transgressed my couenant, and trespassed against my Lawe.

2Israel shall crie vnto me, My God, we know thee.

3Israel hath cast off ye thing that is good: the enemie shall pursue him.

4They haue set vp a King, but not by me: they haue made princes, and I knew it not: of their siluer and their gold haue they made them idoles: therefore shall they be destroyed.

5Thy calfe, O Samaria, hath cast thee off: mine anger is kindled against them: howe long will they be without innocencie!

6For it came euen from Israel: the workeman made it, therefore it is not God: but the calfe of Samaria shall be broken in pieces.

7For they haue sowne the winde, and they shall reape the whirlewind: it hath no stalke: the budde shall bring foorth no meale: if so be it bring forth, the strangers shall deuoure it.

8Israel is deuoured, now shall they be among the Gentiles as a vessell wherein is no pleasure.

9For they are gone vp to Asshur: they are as a wilde asse alone by himselfe: Ephraim hath hired louers.

10Yet though they haue hired among the nations, nowe will I gather them, and they shall sorowe a litle, for the burden of the King and the princes.

11Because Ephraim hath made many altars to sinne, his altars shalbe to sinne.

12I haue written to them the great things of my Lawe: but they were counted as a strange thing.

13They sacrifice flesh for ye sacrifices of mine offerings, and eate it: but the Lord accepteth them not: now will he remember their iniquitie, and visite their sinnes: they shall returne to Egypt.

14For Israel hath forgotten his maker, and buildeth Temples, and Iudah hath increased strong cities: but I will sende a fire vpon his cities, and it shall deuoure the palaces thereof.

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