10 1Israel is a luxuriant vine, that putteth forth his fruit:
according to the abundance of his fruit he hath multiplied his altars;
according to the goodness of their land they have made goodly pillars.
2Their heart is divided; now shall they be found guilty: he will smite
their altars, he will destroy their pillars.
3Surely now shall they say,
We have no king; for we fear not Jehovah; and the king, what can he do for
4They speak vain words, swearing falsely in making covenants:
therefore judgment springeth up as hemlock in the furrows of the field.
5The inhabitants of Samaria shall be in terror for the calves of
Beth-aven; for the people thereof shall mourn over it, and the priests
thereof that rejoiced over it, for the glory thereof, because it is departed
6It also shall be carried unto Assyria for a present to king
Jareb: Ephraim shall receive shame, and Israel shall be ashamed of his own
7As for Samaria, her king is cut off, as foam upon the
8The high places also of Aven, the sin of Israel, shall be
destroyed: the thorn and the thistle shall come up on their altars; and they
shall say to the mountains, Cover us; and to the hills, Fall on us.
Israel, thou hast sinned from the days of Gibeah: there they stood; the
battle against the children of iniquity doth not overtake them in Gibeah.
10When it is my desire, I will chastise them; and the peoples shall be
gathered against them, when they are bound to their two transgressions.
11And Ephraim is a heifer that is taught, that loveth to tread out
the grain; but I have passed over upon her fair neck: I will set a
rider on Ephraim; Judah shall plow, Jacob shall break his clods.
yourselves in righteousness, reap according to kindness; break up your fallow
ground; for it is time to seek Jehovah, till he come and rain righteousness
13Ye have plowed wickedness, ye have reaped iniquity; ye have
eaten the fruit of lies; for thou didst trust in thy way, in the multitude of
thy mighty men.
14Therefore shall a tumult arise among thy people, and
all thy fortresses shall be destroyed, as Shalman destroyed Beth-arbel in the
day of battle: the mother was dashed in pieces with her children.
shall Beth-el do unto you because of your great wickedness: at daybreak shall
the king of Israel be utterly cut off.