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Hosea 8:1-9 (New International Version)

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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 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 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. 5 Throw out your calf-idol, O Samaria!8 My anger burns against them. How long will they be incapable of purity?9 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 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 8 Israel is swallowed up;16 now she is among the nations like a worthless17 thing. 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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