Hosea 10

Retribution for Israel’s Sin

Israel is a
Or degenerate
luxuriant b vine;
He produces fruit for himself.
The more his fruit,
The more altars he c made;
The
Or better
richer his land,
The better
Lit they
he made the sacred f pillars.
Their heart is
Lit smooth
,
h faithless;
Now they must bear their i guilt.
Lit He
The  Lord will k break down their altars
And destroy their sacred pillars.

Surely now they will say, “We have l no king,
For we do not revere the  Lord.
As for the king, what can he do for us?”
They speak mere words,
Or Swearing falsely in making a covenant
With n worthless oaths they make covenants;
And o judgment sprouts like poisonous weeds in the furrows of the field.
The inhabitants of Samaria will fear
For the
So with some ancient versions; Heb calves
,
q calf of r Beth-aven.
Indeed, its people will mourn for it,
And its s idolatrous priests
Or who used to rejoice over
will cry out over it,
Over its u glory, since it has departed from it.
The thing itself will be carried to v Assyria
As tribute to
Or the avenging king or the great king
,
x King Jareb;
Ephraim will
Lit receive shame
be z seized with shame
And Israel will be ashamed of its aa own counsel.
Samaria will be ab cut off with her king
Like a stick on the surface of the water.
Also the ac high places of Aven, the ad sin of Israel, will be destroyed;
ae Thorn and thistle will grow on their altars;
Then they will af say to the mountains,
Cover us!” And to the hills, “Fall on us!”
From the days of Gibeah you have sinned, O Israel;
There they stand!
Will not the battle against the sons of iniquity overtake them in Gibeah?
10 When it is My ag desire, I will
Or bind
,
ai chastise them;
And aj the peoples will be gathered against them
When they are bound for their double guilt.

11 Ephraim is a trained ak heifer that loves to thresh,
But I will al come over her fair neck with a yoke;
I will harness Ephraim,
Judah will plow, Jacob will harrow for himself.
12  am Sow with a view to righteousness,
Reap in accordance with
Or loyalty
kindness;
ao Break up your fallow ground,
For it is time to ap seek the  Lord
Until He aq comes to
Or teach
,
as rain righteousness on you.
13 You have at plowed wickedness, you have reaped injustice,
You have eaten the fruit of au lies.
Because you have trusted in your way, in your av numerous warriors,
14 Therefore a tumult will arise among your people,
And all your aw fortresses will be destroyed,
As Shalman destroyed Beth-arbel on the day of battle,
When ax mothers were dashed in pieces with their children.
15 Thus it will be done to you at Bethel because of your great wickedness.
At dawn the king of Israel will be completely cut off.

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