1 Set the trumpet to thy mouth. He shall come as an eagle against the house of the LORD, because they have transgressed my covenant, and trespassed against my law.
2 Israel shall cry unto me, My God, we know thee.
3 Israel hath cast off the thing that is good: the enemy shall pursue him.
4 They have set up kings, but not by me: they have made princes, and I knew it not: of their silver and their gold have they made them idols, that they may be cut off.
5 Thy calf, O Samaria, hath cast thee off; mine anger is kindled against them: how long will it be ere they attain to innocency?
6 For from Israel was it also: the workman made it; therefore it is not God: but the calf of Samaria shall be broken in pieces.
7 For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: it hath no stalk:a the bud shall yield no meal: if so be it yield, the strangers shall swallow it up.

References for Hosea 8:7

    • ~ 8:7 - stalk: or, standing corn
      8 Israel is swallowed up: now shall they be among the Gentiles as a vessel wherein is no pleasure.
      9 For they are gone up to Assyria, a wild ass alone by himself: Ephraim hath hired lovers.b

      References for Hosea 8:9

        •  8:9 - lovers: Heb. loves
          10 Yea, though they have hired among the nations, now will I gather them, and they shall sorrowc a little for the burden of the king of princes.

          References for Hosea 8:10

            • € 8:10 - sorrow: or, begin
              11 Because Ephraim hath made many altars to sin, altars shall be unto him to sin.
              12 I have written to him the great things* of my law, but they were counted as a strange thing.
              13 They sacrificed flesh for the sacrifices of mine offerings, and eat it; but the LORD accepteth them not; now will he remember their iniquity, and visit their sins: they shall return to Egypt.

              References for Hosea 8:13

                •  8:13 - They sacrifice...: or, In the sacrifices of mine offerings they, etc
                  14 For Israel hath forgotten his Maker, and buildeth temples; and Judah hath multiplied fenced cities: but I will send a fire upon his cities, and it shall devour the palaces thereof.