8 “Put the trumpetv to your lips!
An eaglew is over the house of the Lord
because the people have broken my covenantx
and rebelled against my law.y
‘Our God, we acknowledge you!’
an enemy will pursue him.z
they choose princes without my approval.a
With their silver and gold
they make idolsb for themselves
to their own destruction.
5 Samaria, throw out your calf-idol!c
My anger burns against them.
How long will they be incapable of purity?d
This calf—a metalworker has made it;
it is not God.e
It will be broken in pieces,
and reap the whirlwind.h
The stalk has no head;
it will produce no flour.i
Were it to yield grain,
foreigners would swallow it up.j
8 Israel is swallowed up;k
now she is among the nations
like something no one wants.l
9 For they have gone up to Assyriam
like a wild donkeyn wandering alone.
Ephraim has sold herself to lovers.o
I will now gather them together.p
They will begin to waste awayq
under the oppression of the mighty king.
these have become altars for sinning.r
but they regarded them as something foreign.s
and though they eatt the meat,
the Lord is not pleased with them.u
Now he will rememberv their wickedness
and punish their sins:w
They will return to Egypt.x
and built palaces;
Judah has fortified many towns.
But I will send fire on their cities
that will consume their fortresses.”a
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