Israel to Reap the Whirlwind

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

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

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

Punishment for Israel

Do not rejoice, Israel;
    do not be jubilant(AG) like the other nations.
For you have been unfaithful(AH) to your God;
    you love the wages of a prostitute(AI)
    at every threshing floor.
Threshing floors and winepresses will not feed the people;
    the new wine(AJ) will fail them.
They will not remain(AK) in the Lord’s land;
    Ephraim will return to Egypt(AL)
    and eat unclean food in Assyria.(AM)
They will not pour out wine offerings(AN) to the Lord,
    nor will their sacrifices please(AO) him.
Such sacrifices will be to them like the bread of mourners;(AP)
    all who eat them will be unclean.(AQ)
This food will be for themselves;
    it will not come into the temple of the Lord.(AR)

What will you do(AS) on the day of your appointed festivals,(AT)
    on the feast days of the Lord?
Even if they escape from destruction,
    Egypt will gather them,(AU)
    and Memphis(AV) will bury them.(AW)
Their treasures of silver(AX) will be taken over by briers,
    and thorns(AY) will overrun their tents.
The days of punishment(AZ) are coming,
    the days of reckoning(BA) are at hand.
    Let Israel know this.
Because your sins(BB) are so many
    and your hostility so great,
the prophet is considered a fool,(BC)
    the inspired person a maniac.(BD)
The prophet, along with my God,
    is the watchman over Ephraim,[a]
yet snares(BE) await him on all his paths,
    and hostility in the house of his God.(BF)
They have sunk deep into corruption,(BG)
    as in the days of Gibeah.(BH)
God will remember(BI) their wickedness
    and punish them for their sins.(BJ)

10 “When I found Israel,
    it was like finding grapes in the desert;
when I saw your ancestors,
    it was like seeing the early fruit(BK) on the fig(BL) tree.
But when they came to Baal Peor,(BM)
    they consecrated themselves to that shameful idol(BN)
    and became as vile as the thing they loved.
11 Ephraim’s glory(BO) will fly away like a bird(BP)
    no birth, no pregnancy, no conception.(BQ)
12 Even if they rear children,
    I will bereave(BR) them of every one.
Woe(BS) to them
    when I turn away from them!(BT)
13 I have seen Ephraim,(BU) like Tyre,
    planted in a pleasant place.(BV)
But Ephraim will bring out
    their children to the slayer.”(BW)

14 Give them, Lord
    what will you give them?
Give them wombs that miscarry
    and breasts that are dry.(BX)

15 “Because of all their wickedness in Gilgal,(BY)
    I hated them there.
Because of their sinful deeds,(BZ)
    I will drive them out of my house.
I will no longer love them;(CA)
    all their leaders are rebellious.(CB)
16 Ephraim(CC) is blighted,
    their root is withered,
    they yield no fruit.(CD)
Even if they bear children,
    I will slay(CE) their cherished offspring.”

17 My God will reject(CF) them
    because they have not obeyed(CG) him;
    they will be wanderers among the nations.(CH)


  1. Hosea 9:8 Or The prophet is the watchman over Ephraim, / the people of my God

The Seventh Trumpet

15 The seventh angel sounded his trumpet,(A) and there were loud voices(B) in heaven, which said:

“The kingdom of the world has become
    the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah,(C)
    and he will reign for ever and ever.”(D)

16 And the twenty-four elders,(E) who were seated on their thrones before God, fell on their faces(F) and worshiped God, 17 saying:

“We give thanks(G) to you, Lord God Almighty,(H)
    the One who is and who was,(I)
because you have taken your great power
    and have begun to reign.(J)
18 The nations were angry,(K)
    and your wrath has come.
The time has come for judging the dead,(L)
    and for rewarding your servants the prophets(M)
and your people who revere your name,
    both great and small(N)
and for destroying those who destroy the earth.”

19 Then God’s temple(O) in heaven was opened, and within his temple was seen the ark of his covenant.(P) And there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder,(Q) an earthquake and a severe hailstorm.(R)

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