Israel Rejects the Good

1 [Put] to your lips [the] trumpet like a vulture over the house of Yahweh, because they have {broken my covenant} and rebelled against my law.
2 They cry out to me, "My God! We, Israel, know you!"
3 Israel has spurned [the] good; [the] enemy will pursue him.
4 They appointed kings, but not through me; they made officials, but without my knowledge. [With] their silver and gold they made idols for themselves for their own {destruction}.
5 Your calf is rejected, [O] Samaria; my anger burns against them. How long will they be incapable of innocence?
6 Because [it is] from Israel, an artisan made it, it [is] not a god; for the calf of Samaria will be broken [to] pieces.
7 Because they sow the wind, they will reap the whirlwind. [The] standing grain does not have heads; it will not yield flour. [And] if it would yield, strangers would devour it.
8 Israel is swallowed up; now they are among the nations, like an object that no one desires.
9 For they have gone up [to] Assyria, a wild donkey alone to itself; Ephraim has sold itself [for] lovers.
10 Even though they have sold themselves to the nations, now I will gather them. They will soon writhe from the burden of kings and princes.
11 When Ephraim multiplied altars to expiate sins, they became to him altars to sin [on].
12 I write for him myriads of my instruction; they are regarded as a strange thing.
13 They offer sacrifices of my choice and they eat flesh; Yahweh does not accept them. Now he will remember their iniquity and punish their sins; they will return [to] Egypt.
14 Israel has forgotten his maker and built palaces, and Judah has multiplied fortified cities; but I will send fire on his cities and it will devour her strongholds.