Hosea 8

1“Put the trumpet to your lips ˻and give the warning˼. Be like an eagle over the Lord’s house. The Israelites have broken my Agreement. They have not obeyed my law. 2They yell to me, 'My God, we in Israel know you!’ 3But Israel refused the good things. So the enemy chases him. 4The Israelites chose their kings, but they didn’t come to me for advice. The Israelites chose leaders. But they didn’t choose men that I knew. The Israelites used their silver and gold to make idols for themselves. So they will be destroyed. 5- 6The Lord has refused your calf, Samaria. God says, 'I am very angry against the Israelites.’ The people of Israel will be punished for their sin. Some worker made those statues. They are not God. Samaria’s calf will be broken into pieces. 7The Israelites ˻did a foolish thing˼—it was like trying to plant the wind. But ˻they will get only troubles˼—they will harvest a whirlwind. The grain in the fields will grow. It will give no food. Even if it grew something, strangers would eat it. 8Israel was destroyed. ˻Its people are scattered among the˼ nations like some dish that was thrown away because no one wanted it. 9Ephraim went to his 'lovers.’ Like a wild donkey, he wandered off to Assyria. 10Israel went to his 'lovers’ among the nations. But I will gather the Israelites together. But they must suffer a little from the burden of that mighty king. 11Ephraim built more and more altars, and that was a sin. They have been altars of sin for Ephraim. 12Even if I wrote 10,000 laws for Ephraim, he would treat them like they were for some stranger. 13The Israelites love sacrifices. They offer the meat and eat it. The Lord does not accept their sacrifices. He remembers their sins. And he will punish them. They will be carried as prisoners to Egypt. 14Israel built kings’ houses. But it forgot its Maker! Now Judah builds fortresses. But I will send a fire on Judah’s cities. And the fire will destroy its fortresses!”

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