The days of punishment8 are coming, the days of reckoning9 are at hand. Let Israel know this. Because your sins10 are so many and your hostility so great, the prophet is considered a fool,11 the inspired man a maniac.12
"When I found Israel, it was like finding grapes in the desert; when I saw your fathers, it was like seeing the early fruit19 on the fig20 tree. But when they came to Baal Peor,21 they consecrated themselves to that shameful idol22 and became as vile as the thing they loved.
"Because of all their wickedness in Gilgal,33 I hated them there. Because of their sinful deeds,34 I will drive them out of my house. I will no longer love them;35 all their leaders are rebellious.36