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Hosea 10 :: Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

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The Vine and the Calf
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 10:1 -

Israel is a lush[fn] vine;

it yields fruit for itself.

The more his fruit increased,

the more he increased the altars.

The better his land produced,

the better they made the sacred pillars.

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 10:2 -

Their hearts are devious;[fn]

now they must bear their guilt.

The LORD will break down their altars

and demolish their sacred pillars.

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 10:3 -

In fact, they are now saying,

“We have no king!

For we do not fear the LORD.

What can a king do for us? ”

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 10:4 -

They speak mere words,

taking false oaths while making covenants.

So lawsuits break out

like poisonous weeds in the furrows of a field.

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 10:5 -

The residents of Samaria will have anxiety

over the calf of Beth-aven.

Indeed, its idolatrous priests rejoiced over it;

the people will mourn over it,

over its glory.

It will certainly go into exile.

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 10:6 -

The calf itself will be taken to Assyria

as an offering to the great king.[fn]

Ephraim will experience shame;

Israel will be ashamed of its counsel.

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 10:7 -

Samaria’s king will disappear[fn]

like foam[fn] on the surface of the water.

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 10:8 -

The high places of Aven, the sin of Israel,

will be destroyed;

thorns and thistles will grow over their altars.

They will say to the mountains, “Cover us! ”

and to the hills, “Fall on us! ”

Israel’s Defeat because of Sin
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 10:9 -

Israel, you have sinned

since the days of Gibeah;

they have taken their stand there.

Will not war against the unjust

overtake them in Gibeah?

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 10:10 -

I will discipline them at my discretion;

nations will be gathered against them

to put them in bondage[fn]

for their double iniquity.

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 10:11 -

Ephraim is a well-trained calf

that loves to thresh,

but I will place a yoke on[fn] her fine neck.

I will harness Ephraim;

Judah will plow;

Jacob will do the final plowing.

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 10:12 -

Sow righteousness for yourselves

and reap faithful love;

break up your unplowed ground.

It is time to seek the LORD

until he comes and sends righteousness

on you like the rain.

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You have plowed wickedness and reaped injustice;

you have eaten the fruit of lies.

Because you have trusted in your own way[fn]

and in your large number of soldiers,

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 10:14 -

the roar of battle will rise against your people,

and all your fortifications will be demolished

in a day of war,

like Shalman’s destruction of Beth-arbel.

Mothers will be dashed to pieces

along with their children.

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 10:15 -

So it will be done to you, Bethel,

because of your extreme evil.

At dawn the king of Israel will be totally destroyed.

CSB Footnotes
Or ravaged
Or divided
Or to King Yareb
Or will be cut off
Or a stick
LXX, Syr, Vg read against them when they are disciplined
Lit will pass over
LXX reads your chariots

Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 2017, 2020 by Holman Bible Publishers.

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For more information on this translation, see the CSB Preface.

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