1Put the trumpet to your lips! Like an eagle, disaster is swooping on Yahweh's home! Because they haveviolated my covenant and been unfaithful to my Law, 2in vain wil they cry, 'My God!' In vain, 'We, Israel, know you!' 3Israel has rejected the good, the enemy will pursue them. 4They have set up kings, but without my consent, and appointed princes, but without my knowledge.With their silver and gold, they have made themselves idols, but only to be destroyed. 5I spurn your calf, Samaria! My anger blazes against them! How long wil it be before they recover theirinnocence? 6For it is the product of Israel- a craftsman made the thing, it is no god at al ! The calf of Samaria wil bebroken to pieces! 7Since they sow the wind, they will reap the whirlwind; stalk without ear, it wil never yield flour- or if itdoes, foreigners will swallow it. 8Israel has himself been swal owed; now they are lost among the nations like something no one wants, 9for having made approaches to Assyria- like a wild donkey, al alone. Ephraim has rented lovers 10and because he has rented them from the nations I am now going to round them up; soon they wilfeel the weight of the king of princes! 11Ephraim keeps building altars for his sins, these very altars are themselves a sin. 12However much of my Law I write for him, Ephraim regards it as alien to him. 13They offer sacrifices to me and eat the meat, they do not win Yahweh's favour. On the contrary, he wilremember their guilt and punish their sins; they wil have to go back to Egypt. 14Israel has forgotten his Maker and has built palaces, while Judah keeps on building fortified towns; butI shal send fire down on his cities to devour their citadels.
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