Then they will cry to Me, My God, we know You!
Israel has rejected the good ; the enemy shall pursue him.
They set up kings, but not from Me ; they have made princes or removed them , I knew and recognized not. With their silver and their gold they made idols for themselves, that they may be destroyed.
Your calf , O Samaria, is loathsome and I have spurned it. My wrath burns against them. How long will it be before they attain purity?
For this too is from Israel; a craftsman made it; therefore it is not God. The calf of Samaria shall be broken to shivers and go up in flames.
For they sow the wind and they shall reap the whirlwind. The standing grain has no heads; it shall yield no meal; if it were to yield, strangers and aliens would eat it up.
Israel is swallowed up. Already they have become among the nations as a vessel that is useless.
For they are gone up to Assyria, a wild ass taking her own way by herself; Ephraim has hired lovers.
Yes, though with presents they hire among the nations, now will I gather them up, and in a little while they will sorrow and begin to diminish because of the burden (tribute) imposed by the king of princes .
For Ephraim has multiplied altars for sinning; yes, to him altars are intended for sinning.
I wrote for him the ten thousand things of My law, but they are counted as a strange thing .
My sacrificial gifts they sacrifice ; yes, they sacrifice flesh and eat it, but the Lord does not accept them. Now He will remember their guilt and iniquity and will punish their sins. They shall return to Egypt .
For Israel has forgotten his Maker and built palaces and idol temples, and Judah has multiplied fortified cities; but I will send a fire upon his cities and it shall devour his palaces and fortified buildings.
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