Hosea 10

CHAPTER 10.

Israel is an empty vine, he bringeth forth fruit unto himself: according to the multitude of his fruit he hath increased the altars; according to the goodness of his land they have made goodly images.
an…: or, a vine emptying the fruit which it giveth
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images: Heb. statues, or, standing images
Their heart is divided; now shall they be found faulty: he shall break down their altars, he shall spoil their images.
Their heart…: or, He hath divided their heart
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break…: Heb. behead
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images: Heb. statues, or, standing images
For now they shall say, We have no king, because we feared not the  Lord; what then should a king do to us? They have spoken words, swearing falsely in making a covenant: thus judgment springeth up as hemlock in the furrows of the field. The inhabitants of Samaria shall fear because of the calves of Beth–aven: for the people thereof shall mourn over it, and the priests thereof that rejoiced on it, for the glory thereof, because it is departed from it.
the priests…: or, Chemarim
It shall be also carried unto Assyria for a present to king Jareb: Ephraim shall receive shame, and Israel shall be ashamed of his own counsel. As for Samaria, her king is cut off as the foam upon the water.
the water: Heb. the face of the water
The high places also of Aven, the sin of Israel, shall be destroyed: the thorn and the thistle shall come up on their altars; and they shall say to the mountains, Cover us; and to the hills, Fall on us. O Israel, thou hast sinned from the days of Gibeah: there they stood: the battle in Gibeah against the children of iniquity did not overtake them. 10 It is in my desire that I should chastise them; and the people shall be gathered against them, when they shall bind themselves in their two furrows.
when…: or, when I shall bind them for their two transgressions, or, in their two habitations
11 And Ephraim is as an heifer that is taught, and loveth to tread out the corn; but I passed over upon her fair neck: I will make Ephraim to ride; Judah shall plow, and Jacob shall break his clods.
her…: Heb. the beauty of her neck
12 Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the  Lord, till he come and rain righteousness upon you. 13 Ye have plowed wickedness, ye have reaped iniquity; ye have eaten the fruit of lies: because thou didst trust in thy way, in the multitude of thy mighty men. 14 Therefore shall a tumult arise among thy people, and all thy fortresses shall be spoiled, as Shalman spoiled Beth–arbel in the day of battle: the mother was dashed in pieces upon her children. 15 So shall Beth–el do unto you because of your great wickedness: in a morning shall the king of Israel utterly be cut off.
your…: Heb. the evil of your evil
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