Israel Reaps the Whirlwind
1 Put R228 the trumpet to your lips! F70
Like R229 an eagle the enemy comes against R230 the house of the LORD,
Because they have transgressed R231 My covenant
And rebelled against My law. R232
2 They R233 cry out to Me,
"My God, we R234 of Israel know You!"
3 Israel has rejected the good;
The enemy will pursue him.
4 They R235 have set up kings, but not by Me;
They have appointed princes, but I did not know it.
With their silver R236 and gold they have made idols for themselves,
That they F71 might be cut off.
5 He F72 has rejected your calf, R237 O Samaria, saying,
"My anger burns against them!"
How long will they be incapable of innocence? R238
6 For from Israel is even this!
A craftsman R239 made it, so it is not God;
Surely the calf of Samaria will be broken to pieces. F73
7 For they R240 sow the wind
And they reap the whirlwind. R241
The standing grain has no heads; F74
It yields no R242 grain. F75
Should it yield, strangers would swallow it up.
8 Israel is swallowed R243 up;
They are now among the nations
Like a vessel R244 in which no one delights.
9 For they have gone up to Assyria, R245
Like a R246 wild donkey all alone;
Ephraim has hired R247 lovers. F76
10 Even though they hire allies among the nations,
Now I will gather R248 them up;
And they will begin to R249 diminish F77
Because of the burden of the king R250 of princes.
11 Since Ephraim has multiplied R251 altars for sin,
They have become altars of sinning for him.
12 Though I R252 wrote for him ten thousand precepts of My law, R253
They are regarded as a strange thing.
13 As for My sacrificial R254 gifts,
They sacrifice R255 the flesh and eat it,
But the LORD has taken no delight in them.
Now He will remember R256 their iniquity,
And punish R257 them for their sins;
They will return to Egypt. R258
14 For Israel has forgotten R259 his Maker and built R260 palaces;
And Judah has multiplied fortified cities,
But I will send a fire R261 on its cities that it may consume its palatial dwellings.
F70: Lit palate
F71: Lit he
F72: Or Your calf has rejected you
F73: Or splinters
F74: Lit growth
F75: Or meal
F76: Lit loves
F77: Or suffer for awhile
R228: Jeremiah 4:13; Hosea 5:8
R229: Habakkuk 1:8
R230: Deuteronomy 28:49
R231: Hosea 6:7
R232: Hosea 4:6
R233: Psalms 78:34; Hosea 7:14
R234: Titus 1:16
R235: 2 Kings 15:13,17,25; Hosea 13:10,11
R236: Hosea 2:8; 13:1,2
R237: Hosea 10:5; 13:2
R238: Psalms 19:13; Jeremiah 13:27
R239: Hosea 13:2
R240: Proverbs 22:8
R241: Isaiah 66:15; Nahum 1:3
R242: Hosea 2:9
R243: 2 Kings 17:6; Jeremiah 51:34
R244: Jeremiah 22:28; 25:34
R245: Hosea 7:11
R246: Jeremiah 2:24
R247: Ezekiel 16:33,34
R248: Ezekiel 16:37; 22:20
R249: Jeremiah 42:2
R250: Isaiah 10:8
R251: Hosea 10:1
R252: Deuteronomy 4:6,8
R253: Hosea 4:6
R254: Hosea 5:6
R255: Jeremiah 6:20; 7:21
R256: Jeremiah 14:10; Hosea 7:2; Luke 12:2; 1 Corinthians 4:5
R257: Hosea 4:9; 9:7
R258: Hosea 9:3,6
R259: Deuteronomy 32:18; Hosea 2:13; 4:6; 13:6
R260: Isaiah 9:9,10
R261: Jeremiah 17:27