Hosea 8

Israel Will Reap the Whirlwind

1 "Set the 1 trumpet 2 to your mouth!
He shall come a like an eagle against the house of the LORD,
Because they have transgressed My covenant
And rebelled against My law.
2 b Israel will cry to Me,
'My God, c we know You!'
3 Israel has rejected the good;
The enemy will pursue him.

4 "They d set up kings, but not by Me;
They made princes, but I did not acknowledge them.
From their silver and gold
They made idols for themselves -
That they might be cut off.
5 Your 3 calf 4 is rejected, O Samaria!
My anger is aroused against them -
e How long until they attain to innocence?
6 For from Israel is even this:
A f workman made it, and it is not God;
But the calf of Samaria shall be broken to pieces.

7 "They g sow the wind,
And reap the whirlwind.
The stalk has no bud;
It shall never produce meal.
If it should produce,
h Aliens would swallow it up.
8 i Israel is swallowed up;
Now they are among the Gentiles
j Like a vessel in which is no pleasure.
9 For they have gone up to Assyria,
Like k a wild donkey alone by itself;
Ephraim l has hired lovers.
10 Yes, though they have hired among the nations,
Now m I will gather them;
And they shall 5 sorrow a little,
Because of the 6 burden of n the king of princes.

11 "Because Ephraim has made many altars for sin,
They have become for him altars for sinning.
12 I have written for him o the great things of My law,
But they were considered a strange thing.
13 For the sacrifices of My offerings p they sacrifice flesh and eat it,
q But the LORD does not accept them.
r Now He will remember their iniquity and punish their sins.
They shall return to Egypt.
14 "For s Israel has forgotten t his Maker,
And has built 7 temples;
Judah also has multiplied u fortified cities;
But v I will send fire upon his cities,
And it shall devour his 8 palaces."

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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