Hosea 8:3-13 NIV

3 But Israel has rejected what is good; an enemy will pursue him.1

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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.

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5 Throw out your calf-idol, O Samaria!4 My anger burns against them. How long will they be incapable of purity?5

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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

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      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

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      8 Israel is swallowed up;12 now she is among the nations like a worthless13 thing.

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      9 For they have gone up to Assyria14 like a wild donkey15 wandering alone. Ephraim has sold herself to lovers.16

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      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.

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      11 "Though Ephraim built many altars for sin offerings, these have become altars for sinning.19

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      12 I wrote for them the many things of my law, but they regarded them as something alien.20

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          13 They offer sacrifices given to me and they eat21 the meat, but the LORD is not pleased with them.22 Now he will remember23 their wickedness and punish their sins:24 They will return to Egypt.25

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