Israel’s False Hopes1 Put the horn to your mouth! a
One like an eagle comes
against the house of the Lord b
because they transgress My covenant c
and rebel against My law. d
2 Israel cries out to Me, e
“My God, we know You!”
3 Israel has rejected what is good; f
an enemy will pursue him.
4 They have installed kings g
but not through Me.
They have appointed leaders,
but without My approval.
They make their silver and gold h
into idols for themselves
for their own destruction. ▼
▼Lit themselves that it might be cut off
5 Your calf-idol ▼
▼Lit calf, k is rejected, Samaria. l
My anger burns against them.
How long will they be incapable of innocence? m
6 For this thing is from Israel –
a craftsman made it, n and it is not God.
The calf of Samaria will be smashed to bits!
7 Indeed, they sow the wind o
and reap the whirlwind. p
There is no standing grain;
what sprouts fails to yield flour. q
Even if they did,
foreigners would swallow it up.
8 Israel is swallowed up! r
Now they are among the nations
like discarded pottery. s
9 For they have gone up to Assyria t
like a wild donkey going off on its own.
Ephraim has paid for love. u
10 Even though they hire lovers among the nations,
I will now round them up,
and they will begin to decrease in number v
under the burden of the king and leaders. w
11 When Ephraim multiplied his altars for sin x
they became his altars for sinning.
12 Though I were to write out for him
ten thousand points of My instruction y
they would be ▼
▼Or Though I wrote out . . . instruction, they areregarded as something strange.
13 Though they offer sacrificial gifts ▼
▼Hb obscure, ab
and eat the flesh ac
the Lord does not accept them.
Now He will remember their ▼
▼guilt/guilty: The liability to be punished for a fault, a sin, an act, or an omission unless there is forgiveness or atonement; the term normally concerns an objective fact, not a subjective feeling.guilt ae
and punish their sins; af
they will return to Egypt. ag
14 Israel has forgotten his Maker ah and built palaces; ai
Judah has also multiplied fortified cities.
I will send fire on their cities aj
and it will consume their citadels.
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