10  qIsrael is a luxuriant vine

that yields its fruit.

The more his fruit increased,

rthe more altars he built;

as his country improved,

he improved his pillars.

  Their heart is false;

now they must bear their guilt.

The Lord1 will break down their altars

and destroy their pillars.

  For now they will say:

s“We have no king,

for we do not fear the Lord;

and a king—what could he do for us?”

  They utter tmere words;

with empty oaths they make covenants;

so ujudgment springs up like poisonous weeds

vin the furrows of the field.

  The inhabitants of Samaria tremble

for wthe calf2 of xBeth-aven.

Its people mourn for it, and so do its idolatrous priests—

those who rejoiced over it and yover its glory—

for it has departed3 from them.

  zThe thing itself shall be carried to Assyria

as tribute to athe great king.4

Ephraim shall be put to shame,

and Israel shall be ashamed bof his idol.5

  cSamaria’s king shall perish

like a twig on the face of the waters.

  The high places of xAven, dthe sin of Israel,

shall be destroyed.

eThorn and thistle shall grow up

on their altars,

and fthey shall say to the mountains, “Cover us,”

and to the hills, “Fall on us.”

  From gthe days of Gibeah, you have sinned, O Israel;

there they have continued.

Shall not the war against the unjust6 overtake them in Gibeah?

  10  hWhen I please, iI will discipline them,

and nations shall be gathered against them

when they are bound up for jtheir double iniquity.

  11  Ephraim was a trained calf

that kloved to thresh,

and I spared her fair neck;

but I will put lEphraim to the yoke;

lJudah must plow;

Jacob must harrow for himself.

  12  mSow for yourselves righteousness;

reap steadfast love;

nbreak up your fallow ground,

for it is the time to seek the Lord,

that he may come and orain righteousness upon you.

  13  pYou have plowed iniquity;

you have reaped injustice;

you have eaten the fruit of lies.

Because you have trusted in your own way

and in the multitude of your warriors,

  14  therefore qthe tumult of war shall arise among your people,

and all your fortresses shall be destroyed,

as rShalman destroyed Beth-arbel on the day of battle;

smothers were dashed in pieces with their children.

  15  Thus it shall be done to you, O tBethel,

because of your great evil.

At dawn athe king of Israel

shall be utterly cut off.

q
r

ch. 8:11

1

Hebrew He

s

[ver. 7, 15; 1 Sam. 12:12]

t

[ch. 4:2]

u
v

ch. 12:11

w
2

Or calves

x

See ch. 4:15

y
3

Or has gone into exile

z
a

ch. 5:13

4

Or to King Jareb

b

ch. 11:6

5

Or counsel

c

[ver. 3]

x

[See ver. 5 above]

d
e

[ch. 9:6]

f
g

ch. 9:9

6

Hebrew the children of injustice

h
i

ch. 7:12

j
k
l

See ch. 6:4

m

[ch. 8:7; Gal. 6:8]

n
o
p

[ch. 8:7]

q

[ch. 1:5]

r
s

[ch. 13:16]

t

[ver. 5]

a

[See ver. 6 above]

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