Hosea 8 King James Version

The Rebuke of Israel's Idolatry

8 1  Set the trumpet to thy mouth. He shall come as an eagle against the house of the Lord, because they have transgressed my covenant, and trespassed against my law. 2  Israel shall cry unto me, My God, we know thee. 3  Israel hath cast off the thing that is good: the enemy shall pursue him. 4  They have set up kings, but not by me: they have made princes, and I knew it not: of their silver and their gold have they made them idols, that they may be cut off. 5  Thy calf, O Samaria, hath cast thee off; mine anger is kindled against them: how long will it be ere they attain to innocency? 6  For from Israel was it also: the workman made it; therefore it is not God: but the calf of Samaria shall be broken in pieces. 7  For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: it hath no stalk: [1] the bud shall yield no meal: if so be it yield, the strangers shall swallow it up.

8  Israel is swallowed up: now shall they be among the Gentiles as a vessel wherein is no pleasure. 9  For they are gone up to Assyria, a wild ass alone by himself: Ephraim hath hired lovers. [2] 10  Yea, though they have hired among the nations, now will I gather them, and they shall sorrow [3] a little for the burden of the king of princes. 11  Because Ephraim hath made many altars to sin, altars shall be unto him to sin. 12  I have written to him the great things of my law, but they were counted as a strange thing. 13  They sacrifice [4] flesh for the sacrifices of mine offerings, and eat it; but the Lord accepteth them not; now will he remember their iniquity, and visit their sins: they shall return to Egypt. 14  For Israel hath forgotten his Maker, and buildeth temples; and Judah hath multiplied fenced cities: but I will send a fire upon his cities, and it shall devour the palaces thereof.


[1] 8:7 stalk: or, standing corn

[2] 8:9 lovers: Heb. loves

[3] 8:10 sorrow: or, begin

[4] 8:13 They sacrifice...: or, In the sacrifices of mine offerings they, etc

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