1Israel is a aluxuriant1vine ; He producesfruit for himself. The more his fruit, The morealtars he 2made ; The bricher his land, The betterche made the sacred 3pillars.
Their heart is d4faithless ; Now they must bear their 5guilt. eThe LORD will 6breakdown their altars And destroy their sacred pillars.
3Surelynow they will say, "We have7noking, For we do not revere the LORD. As for the king, what can he do for us?"
They speak mere words, fWith 8worthlessoaths they makecovenants ; And 9judgmentsprouts like poisonousweeds in the furrows of the field.
The inhabitants of Samaria will fear For the g10calf of 11Beth-aven. Indeed, its people will mourn for it, And its 12idolatrouspriestshwill cry out over it, Over its 13glory, since it has departed from it.
The thing itself will be carried to 14Assyria As tribute to i15KingJareb ; Ephraim will jbe 16seized with shame And Israel will be ashamed of its 17own counsel.
7Samaria will be 18cutoff with her king Like a stick on the surface of the water.
Also the 19highplaces of Aven, the 20sin of Israel, will be destroyed ; 21Thorn and thistle will grow on their altars ; Then they will 22say to the mountains, "Cover us!" And to the hills, "Fall on us!"
From the days of Gibeah you have sinned, O Israel ; There they stand ! Will not the battleagainst the sons of iniquityovertake them in Gibeah ?
When it is My 23desire, I will k24chastise them; And 25the peoples will be gatheredagainst them When they are bound for their doubleguilt.
11Ephraim is a trained26heifer that loves to thresh, But I will 27comeover her fairneck with a yoke; I will harnessEphraim, Judah will plow, Jacob will harrow for himself.
1228Sow with a view to righteousness, Reap in accordance with lkindness ; 29Break up your fallowground, For it is time to 30seek the LORDUntil He 31comes to m32rainrighteousness on you.
You have 33plowedwickedness, you have reapedinjustice, You have eaten the fruit of 34lies. Because you have trusted in your way, in your 35numerouswarriors,
Therefore a tumult will arise among your people, And all your 36fortresses will be destroyed, As ShalmandestroyedBeth-arbel on the day of battle, When 37mothers were dashed in pieces with their children.
15Thus it will be done to you at Bethelbecause of your greatwickedness. At dawn the king of Israel will be completelycutoff.