Hosea 8 ESV

Israel Will Reap the Whirlwind

1 Set 1the trumpet to your lips! One 2like a vulture is over the house of the LORD, because 3they have transgressed my covenant and rebelled against my law.

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2 To me they cry, 4"My God, we--Israel--know you."

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3 Israel has spurned the good; the enemy shall pursue him.
4 5They made kings, 6but not through me. They set up princes, but I knew it not. With their silver and gold they made idols for their own destruction.

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5 7I havea spurned your calf, O Samaria. My anger burns against them. 8How long will they be incapable of innocence?

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    • { 8:5 - Hebrew He has
      6 For it is from Israel; a craftsman made it; it is not God. 9The calf of Samaria 10shall be broken to pieces.b

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        • | 8:6 - Or shall go up in flames
          7 For 11they sow the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind. The standing grain has no heads; it shall yield no flour; if it were to yield, 12strangers would devour it.

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          8 13Israel is swallowed up; already they are among the nations as 14a useless vessel.

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          9 For 15they have gone up to Assyria, 16a wild donkey wandering alone; Ephraim has hired lovers.

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              10 Though they hire allies among the nations, I will soon gather them up. And 17the king and princes 18shall soon writhe because of the tribute.

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              11 Because Ephraim 19has multiplied altars for sinning, they have become to him altars for sinning.

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              12 20Were I to write for him my laws by the ten thousands, they would be regarded as a strange thing.

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              13 As for my sacrificial offerings, 21they sacrifice meat and eat it, but the LORD does not accept them. 22Now he will remember their iniquity and punish their sins; 23they shall return to Egypt.

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              14 For 24Israel has forgotten 25his Maker and 26built palaces, and 27Judah has multiplied fortified cities; so 28I will send a fire upon his cities, and it shall devour her strongholds.

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