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Hosea 10 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxHos 10:1 - Israel was a spreading vine; he brought forth fruit for himself. As his fruit increased, he built more altars; as his land prospered, he adorned his sacred stones.

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 10:2 - Their heart is deceitful, and now they must bear their guilt. The LORD will demolish their altars and destroy their sacred stones.

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 10:3 - Then they will say, “We have no king because we did not revere the LORD. But even if we had a king, what could he do for us?”

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 10:4 - They make many promises, take false oaths and make agreements; therefore lawsuits spring up like poisonous weeds in a plowed field.

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 10:5 - The people who live in Samaria fear for the calf-idol of Beth Aven.[fn] Its people will mourn over it, and so will its idolatrous priests, those who had rejoiced over its splendor, because it is taken from them into exile.

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 10:6 - It will be carried to Assyria as tribute for the great king. Ephraim will be disgraced; Israel will be ashamed of its foreign alliances.

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 10:7 - Samaria’s king will be destroyed, swept away like a twig on the surface of the waters.

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 10:8 - The high places of wickedness[fn] will be destroyed— it is the sin of Israel. Thorns and thistles will grow up and cover their altars. Then they will say to the mountains, “Cover us!” and to the hills, “Fall on us!”

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 10:9 - “Since the days of Gibeah, you have sinned, Israel, and there you have remained.[fn] Will not war again overtake the evildoers in Gibeah?

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 10:10 - When I please, I will punish them; nations will be gathered against them to put them in bonds for their double sin.

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 10:11 - Ephraim is a trained heifer that loves to thresh; so I will put a yoke on her fair neck. I will drive Ephraim, Judah must plow, and Jacob must break up the ground.

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 10:12 - Sow righteousness for yourselves, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the LORD, until he comes and showers his righteousness on you.

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 10:13 - But you have planted wickedness, you have reaped evil, you have eaten the fruit of deception. Because you have depended on your own strength and on your many warriors,

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 10:14 - the roar of battle will rise against your people, so that all your fortresses will be devastated— as Shalman devastated Beth Arbel on the day of battle, when mothers were dashed to the ground with their children.

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 10:15 - So will it happen to you, Bethel, because your wickedness is great. When that day dawns, the king of Israel will be completely destroyed.
NIV Footnotes
Beth Aven means house of wickedness (a derogatory name for Bethel, which means house of God).
Hebrew aven, a reference to Beth Aven (a derogatory name for Bethel); see verse 5.
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