Hosea 10 (Lexham English Bible)

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Israel Is Punished

1 Israel [is] a luxuriant vine;a he yields fruit for himself. The more his fruit increased, [the more] he made numerous altars. The more his land prospered, [the more] heb improvedc [his] stone pillars. 2 Their heart is false; now they must bear [their] guilt. He himselfd will break down their altars; he will destroy their stone pillars. 3 For now they will say, "We have no king; indeed, we did not fear Yahweh, and what can a king do for us?" 4 They utter words of vain oaths [when] {making covenants},e and judgment blossoms like a poisonous plant on the furrows of the field. 5 The inhabitantsf of Samaria tremble for the calfg of Beth-aven. Indeed, his people will mourn for it, and his idolatrous priests will wailh over it-- over its glory because it has departed from it. 6 It will also be brought to Assyria, [as] tribute to [the] great king.i Ephraim will obtain disgrace and Israel will be ashamed from his advice.j 7 Samaria will be destroyed; her king [is] like a chip on the surface of the water. 8 The high places of Aven, the sin of Israel, will be destroyed. Thorn and thistle will grow on their altars. They will say to the mountains, "Cover us," and to the hills, "Fall on us." 9 From the days of Gibeah you have sinned, [O] Israel; there {they have remained}.k Will not war in Gibeah overtake them against the children of evil? 10 In my desirel I will punish them; nations will be gathered against them when they are punished for {their double iniquities}.m 11 Ephraim [was] a trained heifer, that loved to thresh [grain], and I myself {spared}n the fairness of her neck; I will make Ephraim break the ground, Judah will plow, Jacob must till for himself. 12 Sow for yourselves righteousness; {reap loyal love}.o Break up for yourself fallow ground; [it is] time to seek Yahweh so he will come and rain righteousness upon you. 13 You have plowed wickedness, you have reaped injustice, you have eaten the fruit of lies,p because you have trusted in your strength, in the multitude of your warriors. 14 The tumult of war will rise up against your people, and all your fortresses will be destroyed, as Shalman destroyed Beth-arbel; on the day of war mothers were dashed to pieces with [their] children.q 15 So it will be done to you, [O] Bethel, because of the evil of your wickedness; at dawn, the king of Israel will be utterly destroyed.
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