Retribution for Israel’s Sin1Israel is a ▼
▼ Or degenerateluxuriant b vine;
He produces fruit for himself.
The more his fruit,
The more altars he c made;
▼ Or betterricher his land,
The better ▼
▼ Lit theyhe made the sacred f pillars.
2Their heart is ▼
▼ Lit smooth, h faithless;
Now they must bear their i guilt.
▼ Lit HeThe Lord will k break down their altars
And destroy their sacred pillars.
3Surely 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?”
4They speak mere words,
▼ Or Swearing falsely in making a covenantWith n worthless oaths they make covenants;
And o judgment sprouts like poisonous weeds in the furrows of the field.
5The 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 overwill cry out over it,
Over its u glory, since it has departed from it.
6The 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 shamebe z seized with shame
And Israel will be ashamed of its aa own counsel.
7Samaria will be ab cut off with her king
Like a stick on the surface of the water.
8Also 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!”
9From 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?
10When 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.
11Ephraim 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 loyaltykindness;
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.
13You 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,
14Therefore 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.
15Thus 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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