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Hosea 8 :: Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

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Israel’s False Hopes

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 8:1 -

Put the horn to your mouth!

One like an eagle comes

against the house of the LORD,

because they transgress my covenant

and rebel against my law.

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 8:2 -

Israel cries out to me,

“My God, we know you! ”

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 8:3 -

Israel has rejected what is good;

an enemy will pursue him.

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 8:4 -

They have installed kings,

but not through me.

They have appointed leaders,

but without my approval.

They make their silver and gold

into idols for themselves

for their own destruction.[fn]

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 8:5 -

Your calf-idol[fn] is rejected, Samaria.

My anger burns against them.

How long will they be incapable of innocence?

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 8:6 -

For this thing is from Israel —

a craftsman made it, and it is not God.

The calf of Samaria will be smashed to bits!

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 8:7 -

Indeed, they sow the wind

and reap the whirlwind.

There is no standing grain;

what sprouts fails to yield flour.

Even if they did,

foreigners would swallow it up.

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 8:8 -

Israel is swallowed up!

Now they are among the nations

like discarded pottery.

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 8:9 -

For they have gone up to Assyria

like a wild donkey going off on its own.

Ephraim has paid for love.

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 8:10 -

Even though they hire lovers among the nations,

I will now round them up,

and they will begin to decrease in number

under the burden of the king and leaders.

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 8:11 -

When Ephraim multiplied his altars for sin,

they became his altars for sinning.

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 8:12 -

Though I were to write out for him

ten thousand points of my instruction,

they would be[fn] regarded as something strange.

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 8:13 -

Though they offer sacrificial gifts[fn]

and eat the flesh,

the LORD does not accept them.

Now he will remember their guilt

and punish their sins;

they will return to Egypt.

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 8:14 -

Israel has forgotten his Maker and built palaces;

Judah has also multiplied fortified cities.

I will send fire on their cities,

and it will consume their citadels.

CSB Footnotes
Lit themselves that it might be cut off
Lit calf
Or Though I wrote out . . . instruction, they are
Hb obscure
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