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Hosea 8 Modern English Version (MEV)

The Apostasy of Israel

Set the trumpet to your mouth!
    One like an eagle is on the house of the Lord,
because they have transgressed My covenant
    and rebelled against My law.
Israel cries to Me,
    “My God, we know You.”
Israel has cast off the good;
    the enemy will pursue him.
They set up kings, but not through Me;
    they made princes, but I did not know it.
With their silver and gold,
    they made idols,
    so that they will be cut off.
Your calf, O Samaria, is rejected!
    My anger is kindled against them.
How long will they be incapable of innocence?
    For it is from Israel;
a craftsman made it,
    and it is not God!
The calf of Samaria
    will be broken to pieces.

For they sow the wind,
    and they will reap the whirlwind.
The standing grain has no head
    and will yield no flour.
If it were to yield,
    foreigners would swallow it up.
Israel is swallowed up.
    Now they are among the nations
    as a vessel in which there is no pleasure.
For they have gone up to Assyria
    like a wild donkey alone by itself;
    Ephraim has hired lovers.
10 Though they hire among the nations,
    I will now gather them.
They will begin to diminish due to the burden
    of the king of princes.

11 Because Ephraim has multiplied altars for sin,
    they have become to him altars for sinning.
12 I have written for him the great things of My law,
    but they were regarded as a strange thing.
13 For the sacrifices of My offerings,
    they sacrifice flesh and eat it;
    but the Lord does not accept them.
Now He will remember their iniquity
    and punish their sins.
    They will return to Egypt.
14 Israel has forgotten his Maker
    and built temples,
    and Judah has multiplied fortified cities;
so I will send a fire upon his cities,
    and it will devour his palaces.

Modern English Version (MEV)

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Hosea 8 New International Version (NIV)

Israel to Reap the Whirlwind

“Put the trumpet to your lips!
    An eagle is over the house of the Lord
because the people have broken my covenant
    and rebelled against my law.
Israel cries out to me,
    ‘Our God, we acknowledge you!’
But Israel has rejected what is good;
    an enemy will pursue him.
They set up kings without my consent;
    they choose princes without my approval.
With their silver and gold
    they make idols for themselves
    to their own destruction.
Samaria, throw out your calf-idol!
    My anger burns against them.
How long will they be incapable of purity?
    They are from Israel!
This calf—a metalworker has made it;
    it is not God.
It will be broken in pieces,
    that calf of Samaria.

“They sow the wind
    and reap the whirlwind.
The stalk has no head;
    it will produce no flour.
Were it to yield grain,
    foreigners would swallow it up.
Israel is swallowed up;
    now she is among the nations
    like something no one wants.
For they have gone up to Assyria
    like a wild donkey wandering alone.
    Ephraim has sold herself to lovers.
10 Although they have sold themselves among the nations,
    I will now gather them together.
They will begin to waste away
    under the oppression of the mighty king.

11 “Though Ephraim built many altars for sin offerings,
    these have become altars for sinning.
12 I wrote for them the many things of my law,
    but they regarded them as something foreign.
13 Though they offer sacrifices as gifts to me,
    and though they eat the meat,
    the Lord is not pleased with them.
Now he will remember their wickedness
    and punish their sins:
    They will return to Egypt.
14 Israel has forgotten their Maker
    and built palaces;
    Judah has fortified many towns.
But I will send fire on their cities
    that will consume their fortresses.”

New International Version (NIV)

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