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Hosea 8 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Israel Will Reap the Whirlwind

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 8:1 - Set the trumpet to your lips!
One like a vulture is over the house of the LORD,
because they have transgressed my covenant
and rebelled against my law.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 8:2 - To me they cry,
“My God, we—Israel—know you.”
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 8:3 - Israel has spurned the good;
the enemy shall pursue him.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 8:4 - They made kings, but not through me.
They set up princes, but I knew it not.
With their silver and gold they made idols
for their own destruction.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 8:5 - I have[fn] spurned your calf, O Samaria.
My anger burns against them.
How long will they be incapable of innocence?
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 8:6 - For it is from Israel;
a craftsman made it;
it is not God.
The calf of Samaria
shall be broken to pieces.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 8:7 - For they sow the wind,
and they shall reap the whirlwind.
The standing grain has no heads;
it shall yield no flour;
if it were to yield,
strangers would devour it.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 8:8 - Israel is swallowed up;
already they are among the nations
as a useless vessel.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 8:9 - For they have gone up to Assyria,
a wild donkey wandering alone;
Ephraim has hired lovers.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 8:10 - Though they hire allies among the nations,
I will soon gather them up.
And the king and princes shall soon writhe
because of the tribute.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 8:11 - Because Ephraim has multiplied altars for sinning,
they have become to him altars for sinning.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 8:12 - Were I to write for him my laws by the ten thousands,
they would be regarded as a strange thing.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 8:13 - As for my sacrificial offerings,
they sacrifice meat and eat it,
but the LORD does not accept them.
Now he will remember their iniquity
and punish their sins;
they shall return to Egypt.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 8:14 - For Israel has forgotten his Maker
and built palaces,
and Judah has multiplied fortified cities;
so I will send a fire upon his cities,
and it shall devour her strongholds.
ESV Footnotes
Hebrew He has
Or shall go up in flames

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version copyright © 2001, 2007, 2011, 2016 by Crossway Books and Bibles, a Publishing Ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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

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