Israel has plowed wickedness and reaped iniquity—Hosea calls upon Israel to seek the Lord.
1 Israel is an empty avine, he bringeth forth bfruit unto chimself: according to the multitude of his fruit he hath increased the daltars; according to the goodness of his land they have made goodly images.
3 For now they shall say, We have no king, because we feared not the Lord; what then should a king do to us?
4 They have spoken words, swearing falsely in making a acovenant: thus judgment springeth up as hemlock in the furrows of the field.
5 The inhabitants of Samaria shall fear because of the acalves of Beth-aven: for the people thereof shall mourn over it, and the priests thereof that rejoiced on it, for the glory thereof, because it is departed from it.
7 As for Samaria, her king is cut off as the foam upon the water.
8 The high places also of aAven, the sin of Israel, shall be destroyed: the thorn and the thistle shall come up on their altars; and they shall say to the bmountains, Cover us; and to the hills, Fall on us.
10 It is in my desire that I should chastise them; and the people shall be gathered against them, when they shall bind themselves in their two furrows.
11 And Ephraim is as an heifer that is taught, and loveth to tread out the corn; but I passed over upon her fair neck: I will make Ephraim to ride; Judah shall plow, and Jacob shall break his clods.
13 Ye have plowed awickedness, ye have reaped iniquity; ye have eaten the fruit of lies: because thou didst trust in thy way, in the multitude of thy mighty men.
15 So shall Beth-el do unto you because of your great wickedness: in a morning shall the king of Israel utterly be cut off.