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Hosea 8:2-12 (New International Version)

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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.1 4 They set up kings without my consent; they choose princes without my approval.2 With their silver and gold they make idols3 for themselves to their own destruction. 5 Throw out your calf-idol, O Samaria!4 My anger burns against them. How long will they be incapable of purity?5 6 They are from Israel! This calf--a craftsman has made it; it is not God.6 It will be broken in pieces, that calf7 of Samaria.8 7 "They sow the wind and reap the whirlwind.9 The stalk has no head; it will produce no flour.10 Were it to yield grain, foreigners would swallow it up.11 8 Israel is swallowed up;12 now she is among the nations like a worthless13 thing. 9 For they have gone up to Assyria14 like a wild donkey15 wandering alone. Ephraim has sold herself to lovers.16 10 Although they have sold themselves among the nations, I will now gather them together.17 They will begin to waste away18 under the oppression of the mighty king. 11 "Though Ephraim built many altars for sin offerings, these have become altars for sinning.19 12 I wrote for them the many things of my law, but they regarded them as something alien.20
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