Israel is a luxuriant vine; He produces fruit for himself. The more his fruit, The more altars he made; The richer his land, The better he made the sacred pillars. (Hosea 10:1)

Their heart is faithless; Now they must bear their guilt. The LORD will break down their altars And destroy their sacred pillars. (Hosea 10:2)

Surely now they will say, "We have no king, For we do not revere the LORD. As for the king, what can he do for us?" (Hosea 10:3)

They speak mere words, With worthless oaths they make covenants; And judgment sprouts like poisonous weeds in the furrows of the field. (Hosea 10:4)

The inhabitants of Samaria will fear For the calf of Beth-aven. Indeed, its people will mourn for it, And its idolatrous priests will cry out over it, Over its glory, since it has departed from it. (Hosea 10:5)

The thing itself will be carried to Assyria As tribute to King Jareb; Ephraim will be seized with shame And Israel will be ashamed of its own counsel. (Hosea 10:6)

Samaria will be cut off with her king Like a stick on the surface of the water. (Hosea 10:7)

Also the high places of Aven, the sin of Israel, will be destroyed; Thorn and thistle will grow on their altars; Then they will say to the mountains, "Cover us!" And to the hills, "Fall on us!" (Hosea 10:8)

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? (Hosea 10:9)

When it is My desire, I will chastise them; And the peoples will be gathered against them When they are bound for their double guilt. (Hosea 10:10)

Ephraim is a trained heifer that loves to thresh, But I will come over her fair neck with a yoke; I will harness Ephraim, Judah will plow, Jacob will harrow for himself. (Hosea 10:11)

Sow with a view to righteousness, Reap in accordance with kindness; Break up your fallow ground, For it is time to seek the LORD Until He comes to rain righteousness on you. (Hosea 10:12)

You have plowed wickedness, you have reaped injustice, You have eaten the fruit of lies. Because you have trusted in your way, in your numerous warriors, (Hosea 10:13)

Therefore a tumult will arise among your people, And all your fortresses will be destroyed, As Shalman destroyed Beth-arbel on the day of battle, When mothers were dashed in pieces with their children. (Hosea 10:14)

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. (Hosea 10:15)


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