Hosea 10:1-8 NIV

1 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

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2 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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3 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?"
4 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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5 The people who live in Samaria fear for the calf-idol12 of Beth Aven.a13 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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    • a 10:5 - "Beth Aven" means "house of wickedness" (a name for Bethel, which means "house of God").
      6 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.b

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        • b 10:6 - Or "its counsel"
          7 Samaria and its king will float away21 like a twig on the surface of the waters.

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          8 The high places22 of wickednessc23 will be destroyed-- it is the sin of Israel. Thorns24 and thistles will grow up and cover their altars.25 Then they will say to the mountains, "Cover us!"26 and to the hills, "Fall on us!"27

          References for Hosea 10:8

            • c 10:8 - Hebrew "aven," a reference to Beth Aven (a derogatory name for Bethel)