The calf itself will be taken to Assyria as an offering to the great king.a Ephraim will experience shame; Israel will be ashamed of its counsel.
Samaria's king will disappearb like foamc on the surface of the water.
The high places of Aven, the sin of Israel, will be destroyed; thorns and thistles will grow over their altars. They will say to the mountains, "Cover us!" and to the hills, "Fall on us!"d
Israel, you have sinned since the days of Gibeah; they have taken their stand there. Will not war against the unjust overtake them in Gibeah?
I will discipline them at My discretion; nations will be gathered against them to put them in bondagee for their two crimes.f11
Ephraim is a well-trained young cow that loves to thresh, but I will place a yoke ong her fine neck. I will harness Ephraim; Judah will plow; Jacob will do the final plowing.
Sow righteousness for yourselves and reap faithful love; break up your untilled ground. It is time to seek the Lord until He comes and sends righteousness on you like the rain.
You have plowed wickedness and reaped injustice; you have eaten the fruit of lies. Because you have trusted in your own wayh and in your large number of soldiers,
the roar of battle will rise against your people, and all your fortifications will be demolished in a day of war, like Shalman's destruction of Beth-arbel. Mothers will be dashed to pieces along with [their] children.
So it will be done to you, Bethel, because of your extreme evil. At dawn the king of Israel will be totally destroyed.