Hosea 8 NIV

Israel to Reap the Whirlwind

1 "Put the trumpet1 to your lips! An eagle2 is over the house of the LORD because the people have broken my covenant3 and rebelled against my law.4

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2 Israel cries out to me, 'O our God, we acknowledge you!'
3 But Israel has rejected what is good; an enemy will pursue him.5

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4 They set up kings without my consent; they choose princes without my approval.6 With their silver and gold they make idols7 for themselves to their own destruction.

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5 Throw out your calf-idol, O Samaria!8 My anger burns against them. How long will they be incapable of purity?9

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6 They are from Israel! This calf--a craftsman has made it; it is not God.10 It will be broken in pieces, that calf11 of Samaria.12

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      7 "They sow the wind and reap the whirlwind.13 The stalk has no head; it will produce no flour.14 Were it to yield grain, foreigners would swallow it up.15

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      8 Israel is swallowed up;16 now she is among the nations like a worthless17 thing.

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      9 For they have gone up to Assyria18 like a wild donkey19 wandering alone. Ephraim has sold herself to lovers.20

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      10 Although they have sold themselves among the nations, I will now gather them together.21 They will begin to waste away22 under the oppression of the mighty king.

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      11 "Though Ephraim built many altars for sin offerings, these have become altars for sinning.23

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      12 I wrote for them the many things of my law, but they regarded them as something alien.24

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          13 They offer sacrifices given to me and they eat25 the meat, but the LORD is not pleased with them.26 Now he will remember27 their wickedness and punish their sins:28 They will return to Egypt.29

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          14 Israel has forgotten30 his Maker31 and built palaces; Judah has fortified many towns. But I will send fire upon their cities that will consume their fortresses."32

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