Israel was a spreading vine;1 he brought forth fruit for himself. As his fruit increased, he built more altars;2 as his land prospered,3 he adorned his sacred stones.4
References for Hosea 10:1
Their heart is deceitful,5 and now they must bear their guilt.6 The LORD will demolish their altars7 and destroy their sacred stones.8
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Then they will say, "We have no king because we did not revere the LORD. But even if we had a king, what could he do for us?"
They make many promises, take false oaths9 and make agreements;10 therefore lawsuits spring up like poisonous weeds11 in a plowed field.
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The people who live in Samaria fear for the calf-idol12 of Beth Aven.13 Its people will mourn over it, and so will its idolatrous priests,14 those who had rejoiced over its splendor, because it is taken from them into exile.15
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It will be carried to Assyria16 as tribute17 for the great king.18 Ephraim will be disgraced;19 Israel will be ashamed20 of its wooden idols.
References for Hosea 10:6