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Israel Is Doomed

The Lord said:

13 When your leaders[a] spoke,
everyone in Israel trembled
    and showed great respect.
But you sinned by worshiping Baal,
    and you were destroyed.
Now you continue to sin
    by designing and making
idols of silver
    in the shape of calves.
You are told to sacrifice
to these idols[b]
    yes, even to kiss them.

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  1. 13.1 your leaders: The Hebrew text has “Ephraim,” here meaning Mount Ephraim, where the royal palace of Samaria (capital of the northern kingdom of Israel) was located.
  2. 13.2 You are told. . . idols: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.

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