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They say many things. They lie when they take oaths,
    and they make promises they don’t intend to keep.
        That’s why lawsuits spring up
            like poisonous weeds in the furrows of a field.

Those who live in Samaria fear the calf-shaped idol at Beth Aven.
    The people will mourn over it.
    The priests will cry loudly
        because its glory will be taken away into captivity.
The thing itself will be carried to Assyria
    as a present to the great king.[a]
        Ephraim will be disgraced.
        Israel will be ashamed because of its plans.

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  1. Hosea 10:6 Or “to King Jareb.”

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