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They utter mere words;
    with empty oaths they make covenants;
so judgment springs up like poisonous weeds
    in the furrows of the field.
The inhabitants of Samar′ia tremble
    for the calf[a] of Beth-a′ven.
Its people shall mourn for it,
    and its idolatrous priests shall wail[b] over it,
    over its glory which has departed from it.
Yea, the thing itself shall be carried to Assyria,
    as tribute to the great king.[c]
E′phraim shall be put to shame,
    and Israel shall be ashamed of his idol.[d]

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  1. Hosea 10:5 Gk Syr: Heb calves
  2. Hosea 10:5 Cn: Heb exult
  3. Hosea 10:6 Cn: Heb a king that will contend
  4. Hosea 10:6 Cn: Heb counsel

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