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Hosea: Chapter 10

Israel is reproved and threatened for their impiety and idolatry, and exhorted to repentance, 1-15.

1 Israel is an empty vine that brings forth fruit to himself. According to the multitude of his fruit he has multiplied the altars. According to the goodness of his land they have made ornate images.

2 Their heart is divided. Now they shall 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 did not fear the LORD. What then should a king do to us?"

4 They have spoken words, swearing falsely in making a covenant. Thus judgment springs up as hemlock in the furrows of the field.

5 The inhabitants of Samaria shall fear because of the calves of Beth-aven. For its people shall mourn over it, and also its priests who rejoiced over it for its glory, because it has departed from it.

6 It shall also be carried to 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 Also the high places of Aven, the sin of Israel, shall be destroyed. The thorn and the thistle shall come up on their altars, and they shall say to the mountains, "Cover us," and to the hills, "Fall on us."

9 "O Israel, you have sinned from the days of Gibeah. There they stood. The battle in 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 bind themselves in their two furrows.

11 And Ephraim is as a heifer that is taught and loves to tread out the corn. But I passed over upon her fair neck. I will make Ephraim 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 to seek the LORD until he comes and rains righteousness upon you.

13 You have plowed wickedness. You have reaped iniquity. You have eaten the fruit of lies. Because you have trusted in your way, in the multitude of your mighty men,

14 Therefore a tumult shall arise among your people, and all your fortresses shall be plundered, as Shalman plundered Beth-arbel in the day of battle. The mother was dashed in pieces upon her children.

15 Beth-el shall do so to you because of your great wickedness. In a morning the king of Israel shall be utterly cut off."