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The Book of HoseaMain Page
1: Israel is an empty vine, he bringeth forth fruit unto himself: according to the multitude of his fruit he hath increased the altars; according to the goodness of his land they have made goodly images.
2: Their heart is divided; now shall they be found faulty: he shall break down their altars, he shall spoil their images.
3: For now they shall say, We have no king, because we feared not the LORD; what then should a king do to us?
4: They have spoken words, swearing falsely in making a covenant: thus judgment springeth up as hemlock in the furrows of the field.
5: The inhabitants of Samaria shall fear because of the calves of Bethaven: for thepeople thereof shall mourn over it, and the priests thereof that rejoiced onit, for the glory thereof, because it is departed from it.
6: It shall be also carried unto Assyria for a present to king Jareb: Ephraim shall receive shame, and Israel shall be ashamed of his own counsel.
7: As for Samaria, her king is cut off as the foam upon the water.
8: The high places also of Aven, the sin of Israel, shall be destroyed: the thorn and the thistle shall come upon their altars; and they shall say to the mountains, Cover us; and to thehills, Fall on us.
9: O Israel, thou hast sinned from the days of Gibeah: there they stood: the battlein Gibeah against the children of iniquity did not overtake them.
10: It is in my desire that I should chastise them; and the people shall be gathered against them, when they shallbind themselves in their two furrows.
11: And Ephraim is as an heifer that is taught, and loveth to tread out the corn; but I passed over upon her fair neck: I will makeEphraim to ride; Judah shall plow, and Jacob shall break his clods.
12: Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time toseek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.
13: Ye have plowed wickedness, ye have reaped iniquity; ye have eaten the fruit of lies: because thou didst trust inthy way, in the multitude of thy mighty men.
14: Therefore shall a tumult arise among thy people, and all thy fortresses shall be spoiled, as Shalman spoiled Betharbel in the day of battle: the mother was dashed in pieces upon her children.
15: So shall Bethel do unto you because of your great wickedness: in a morning shall the king of Israel utterly be cut off.