1 Set the trumpet
to thy mouth. He shall come as an eagle against the house of
the LORD, because they have transgressed my covenant, and trespassed
against my law.
2 Israel shall cry unto me, My God, we know thee.
3 Israel hath cast off the thing that is good: the enemy shall
4 They have set up kings, but not by me: they have made princes,
and I knew it not: of their silver and their gold have they
made them idols, that they may be cut off.
5 Thy calf, O Samaria, hath cast thee off; mine anger is kindled
against them: how long will it be ere they attain to innocency?
6 For from Israel was it also: the workman made it; therefore
it is not God: but the calf of Samaria shall be broken in pieces.
7 For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind:
it hath no stalk: the bud shall yield no meal: if so be it yield,
the strangers shall swallow it up.
8 Israel is swallowed up: now shall they be among the Gentiles
as a vessel wherein is no pleasure.
9 For they are gone up to Assyria, a wild ass alone by himself:
Ephraim hath hired lovers.
10 Yea, though they have hired among the nations, now will I
gather them, and they shall sorrow a little for the burden of
the king of princes.
11 Because Ephraim hath made many altars to sin, altars shall
be unto him to sin.
12 I have written to him the great things of my law, but they
were counted as a strange thing.
13 They sacrifice flesh for the sacrifices of mine offerings,
and eat it; but the LORD accepteth them not; now will he remember
their iniquity, and visit their sins: they shall return to Egypt.
14 For Israel hath forgotten his Maker, and buildeth temples;
and Judah hath multiplied fenced cities: but I will send a fire
upon his cities, and it shall devour the palaces thereof.
1 Rejoice not,
O Israel, for joy, as other people: for thou hast gone a whoring
from thy God, thou hast loved a reward upon every cornfloor.
2 The floor and the winepress shall not feed them, and the new
wine shall fail in her.
3 They shall not dwell in the LORD's land; but Ephraim shall
return to Egypt, and they shall eat unclean things in Assyria.
4 They shall not offer wine offerings to the LORD, neither shall
they be pleasing unto him: their sacrifices shall be unto them
as the bread of mourners; all that eat thereof shall be polluted:
for their bread for their soul shall not come into the house
of the LORD.
5 What will ye do in the solemn day, and in the day of the feast
of the LORD?
6 For, lo, they are gone because of destruction: Egypt shall
gather them up, Memphis shall bury them: the pleasant places
for their silver, nettles shall possess them: thorns shall be
in their tabernacles.
7 The days of visitation are come, the days of recompence are
come; Israel shall know it: the prophet is a fool, the spiritual
man is mad, for the multitude of thine iniquity, and the great
8 The watchman of Ephraim was with my God: but the prophet is
a snare of a fowler in all his ways, and hatred in the house
of his God.
9 They have deeply corrupted themselves, as in the days of Gibeah:
therefore he will remember their iniquity, he will visit their
10 I found Israel like grapes in the wilderness; I saw your
fathers as the firstripe in the fig tree at her first time:
but they went to Baal-peor, and separated themselves unto that
shame; and their abominations were according as they loved.
11 As for Ephraim, their glory shall fly away like a bird, from
the birth, and from the womb, and from the conception.
12 Though they bring up their children, yet will I bereave them,
that there shall not be a man left: yea, woe also to them when
I depart from them!
13 Ephraim, as I saw Tyrus, is planted in a pleasant place:
but Ephraim shall bring forth his children to the murderer.
14 Give them, O LORD: what wilt thou give? give them a miscarrying
womb and dry breasts.
15 All their wickedness is in Gilgal: for there I hated them:
for the wickedness of their doings I will drive them out of
mine house, I will love them no more: all their princes are
16 Ephraim is smitten, their root is dried up, they shall bear
no fruit: yea, though they bring forth, yet will I slay even
the beloved fruit of their womb.
17 My God will cast them away, because they did not hearken
unto him: and they shall be wanderers among the nations.
1 Israel is an
empty vine, he bringeth forth fruit unto himself: according
to the multitude of his fruit he hath increased the altars;
according to the goodness of his land they have made goodly
2 Their heart is divided; now shall they be found faulty: he
shall break down their altars, he shall spoil their images.
3 For now they shall say, We have no king, because we feared
not the LORD; what then should a king do to us?
4 They have spoken words, swearing falsely in making a covenant:
thus judgment springeth up as hemlock in the furrows of the
5 The inhabitants of Samaria shall fear because of the calves
of Beth-aven: for the people thereof shall mourn over it, and
the priests thereof that rejoiced on it, for the glory thereof,
because it is departed from it.
6 It shall be also carried unto Assyria for a present to king
Jareb: Ephraim shall receive shame, and Israel shall be ashamed
of his own counsel.
7 As for Samaria, her king is cut off as the foam upon the water.
8 The high places also of Aven, the sin of Israel, shall be
destroyed: the thorn and the thistle shall come up on their
altars; and they shall say to the mountains, Cover us; and to
the hills, Fall on us.
9 O Israel, thou hast sinned from the days of Gibeah: there
they stood: the battle in Gibeah against the children of iniquity
did not overtake them.
10 It is in my desire that I should chastise them; and the people
shall be gathered against them, when they shall bind themselves
in their two furrows.
11 And Ephraim is as an heifer that is taught, and loveth to
tread out the corn; but I passed over upon her fair neck: I
will make Ephraim to ride; Judah shall plow, and Jacob shall
break his clods.
12 Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break
up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till
he come and rain righteousness upon you.
13 Ye have plowed wickedness, ye have reaped iniquity; ye have
eaten the fruit of lies: because thou didst trust in thy way,
in the multitude of thy mighty men.
14 Therefore shall a tumult arise among thy people, and all
thy fortresses shall be spoiled, as Shalman spoiled Beth-arbel
in the day of battle: the mother was dashed in pieces upon her
15 So shall Bethel do unto you because of your great wickedness:
in a morning shall the king of Israel utterly be cut off.