Hosea 8:4-14 NIV

4 They set up kings without my consent; they choose princes without my approval.1 With their silver and gold they make idols2 for themselves to their own destruction.

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5 Throw out your calf-idol, O Samaria!3 My anger burns against them. How long will they be incapable of purity?4

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6 They are from Israel! This calf--a craftsman has made it; it is not God.5 It will be broken in pieces, that calf6 of Samaria.7

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      7 "They sow the wind and reap the whirlwind.8 The stalk has no head; it will produce no flour.9 Were it to yield grain, foreigners would swallow it up.10

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      8 Israel is swallowed up;11 now she is among the nations like a worthless12 thing.

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      9 For they have gone up to Assyria13 like a wild donkey14 wandering alone. Ephraim has sold herself to lovers.15

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      10 Although they have sold themselves among the nations, I will now gather them together.16 They will begin to waste away17 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.18

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      12 I wrote for them the many things of my law, but they regarded them as something alien.19

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          13 They offer sacrifices given to me and they eat20 the meat, but the LORD is not pleased with them.21 Now he will remember22 their wickedness and punish their sins:23 They will return to Egypt.24

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          14 Israel has forgotten25 his Maker26 and built palaces; Judah has fortified many towns. But I will send fire upon their cities that will consume their fortresses."27

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