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.
To me they cry, 4"My God, we--Israel--know you."
Israel has spurned the good; the enemy shall pursue him.
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.
7I have spurned your calf, O Samaria. My anger burns against them. 8How long will they be incapable of innocence?
For it is from Israel; a craftsman made it; it is not God. 9The calf of Samaria 10shall be broken to pieces.
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.
13Israel is swallowed up; already they are among the nations as 14a useless vessel.
For 15they have gone up to Assyria, 16a wild donkey wandering alone; Ephraim has hired lovers.
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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Because Ephraim 19has multiplied altars for sinning, they have become to him altars for sinning.
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20Were I to write for him my laws by the ten thousands, they would be regarded as a strange thing.
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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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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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