Israel cries out to me, ‘Our God, we acknowledge you!’
But Israel has rejected what is good; an enemy will pursue him.
They set up kings without my consent; they choose princes without my approval. With their silver and gold they make idols for themselves to their own destruction.
Samaria, throw out your calf-idol! My anger burns against them. How long will they be incapable of purity?
They are from Israel! This calf—a metalworker has made it; it is not God. It will be broken in pieces, that calf of Samaria.
“They sow the wind and reap the whirlwind. The stalk has no head; it will produce no flour. Were it to yield grain, foreigners would swallow it up.
Israel is swallowed up; now she is among the nations like something no one wants.
For they have gone up to Assyria like a wild donkey wandering alone. Ephraim has sold herself to lovers.
Although they have sold themselves among the nations, I will now gather them together. They will begin to waste away under the oppression of the mighty king.
References for Hosea 8:10
“Though Ephraim built many altars for sin offerings, these have become altars for sinning.
References for Hosea 8:11
I wrote for them the many things of my law, but they regarded them as something foreign.
References for Hosea 8:12