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Israel Reaps the Whirlwind

(A)Put the trumpet to your [a]mouth!
(B)Like an eagle the enemy comes (C)against the house of Yahweh
Because they have (D)trespassed against My covenant
And transgressed against My (E)law.
(F)They cry out to Me,
“My God, (G)we of Israel know You!”
Israel has rejected the good;
The enemy will pursue him.
(H)They have set up kings, but not by Me;
They have appointed princes, but I did not know it.
With their (I)silver and gold they have made idols for themselves,
That [b]they might be cut off.
[c]He has rejected your (J)calf, O Samaria, saying,
“My anger burns against them!”
How long will they be incapable of (K)innocence?
For from Israel is even this!
A (L)craftsman made it, so it is not God;
Surely the calf of Samaria will be smashed to splinters.
For (M)they sow the wind,
And they reap the (N)whirlwind.
The standing grain has no growth;
It makes (O)no flour.
Should it make anything, strangers would swallow it up.

Israel is (P)swallowed up;
They are now among the nations
Like a (Q)vessel in which no one delights.
For they have gone up to (R)Assyria
Like (S)a wild donkey all alone;
Ephraim has (T)hired [d]lovers.
10 Even though they hire allies among the nations,
Now I will (U)gather them up;
And they will begin (V)to [e]diminish
Because of the burden of the (W)king of princes.

11 Since Ephraim has (X)multiplied altars for sin,
They have become altars of sinning for him.
12 Though (Y)I wrote for him ten thousand precepts of My (Z)law,
They are counted as a strange thing.
13 As for My (AA)sacrificial gifts,
They (AB)sacrifice the flesh and eat it,
But Yahweh has not accepted them.
Now He will (AC)remember their iniquity
And (AD)punish them for their sins;
They will return to (AE)Egypt.
14 So Israel has (AF)forgotten his Maker and (AG)built palaces;
And Judah has multiplied fortified cities,
But I will send a (AH)fire on its cities that it may consume its palatial dwellings.


  1. Hosea 8:1 Lit palate
  2. Hosea 8:4 Lit he
  3. Hosea 8:5 Or Your calf has rejected you
  4. Hosea 8:9 Lit loves
  5. Hosea 8:10 Or suffer for awhile