10 Israel was a spreading vine;d
he brought forth fruit for himself.
As his fruit increased,
he built more altars;e
as his land prospered,f
he adorned his sacred stones.g
2 Their heart is deceitful,h
and now they must bear their guilt.i
The Lord will demolish their altarsj
and destroy their sacred stones.k
because we did not revere the Lord.
But even if we had a king,
what could he do for us?”
take false oathsl
and make agreements;m
therefore lawsuits spring up
like poisonous weedsn in a plowed field.
Its people will mourn over it,
and so will its idolatrous priests,q
those who had rejoiced over its splendor,
because it is taken from them into exile.r
6 It will be carried to Assyrias
Ephraim will be disgraced;v
Israel will be ashamedw of its foreign alliances.
7 Samaria’s king will be destroyed,x
swept away like a twig on the surface of the waters.
it is the sin of Israel.
Thornsa and thistles will grow up
and cover their altars.b
Then they will say to the mountains, “Cover us!”c
and to the hills, “Fall on us!”d
and there you have remained.c
Will not war again overtake
the evildoers in Gibeah?
10 When I please, I will punishg them;
nations will be gathered against them
to put them in bonds for their double sin.
that loves to thresh;
so I will put a yokeh
on her fair neck.
I will drive Ephraim,
Judah must plow,
and Jacob must break up the ground.
reap the fruit of unfailing love,
and break up your unplowed ground;k
for it is time to seekl the Lord,
until he comes
and showers his righteousnessm on you.
you have reaped evil,n
you have eaten the fruit of deception.o
Because you have depended on your own strength
and on your many warriors,p
so that all your fortresses will be devastatedq—
as Shalmanr devastated Beth Arbel on the day of battle,
when mothers were dashed to the ground with their children.s
because your wickedness is great.
When that day dawns,
the king of Israel will be completely destroyed.t
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