Hosea 10 ©

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


ISRAEL ais 1an empty vine, he bringeth forth fruit bunto himself: caccording to the multitude of his fruit he hath increased the altars; according to the goodness of his land they have made goodly 2images.


3Their heart dis divided; now shall they be found faulty: ehe shall 4break down their altars, he shall spoil their 5images.


For now they shall say, fWe have no king, because we feared not the LORD; what then should a king do to us?


They have spoken words, swearing falsely gin making a covenant: thus hjudgment springeth up as hemlock in the furrows of the field.


The inhabitants of Samaria shall fear ibecause of jthe calves of Beth-aven: for the people thereof shall mourn over it, and the 6priests thereof kthat rejoiced on it, for the glory thereof, because it is departed from it.


lIt shall be also carried unto Assyria for a present to king Jareb: Ephraim mshall receive shame, and Israel shall be ashamed of his own counsel.


As for Samaria, nher king is cut off as the foam upon 7the water.


The high places also of oAven, the sin of Israel, shall be destroyed: the thorn and the thistle shall come up on their altars; pand they shall say to the mountains, Cover us; and to the hills, Fall on us.


O Israel, qthou hast sinned from the days of Gibeah: there they stood: rthe battle in Gibeah against the children of iniquity did not overtake them.


sIt is in my desire that I should chastise them; tand the people shall be gathered against them, 8when they shall bind themselves in their two furrows.


And Ephraim is as uan heifer that is taught, and loveth to vtread out the corn; wbut I passed over upon 9her fair neck: I will make Ephraim to ride; xJudah shall plow, and Jacob shall break his clods.


ySow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for zit is time to seek the LORD, till he come and arain righteousness upon you.


bYe have plowed wickedness, ye have reaped iniquity; ye have eaten the fruit of lies: because thou cdidst trust in thy way, in the multitude of thy mighty men.


Therefore shall da tumult arise among thy people, and eall thy fortresses shall be spoiled, fas Shalman spoiled gBeth-arbel in the day of battle: the mother hwas dashed in pieces upon her children.


iSo shall Beth-el do unto you because of 10your great wickedness: jin a morning shall the king of Israel utterly be cut off.