Israel to Reap the Whirlwind
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.
8:2 Israel shall cry unto me, My God, we know thee.
8:3 Israel hath cast off the thing that is good: the enemy
shall pursue him.
8:4 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.
8:5 Thy calf, O Samaria, hath cast thee off; mine anger is
kindled against them: how long will it be ere they attain to
8:6 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.
8:7 For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the
whirlwind: it hath no stalk; the bud shall yield no meal: if
so be it yield, the strangers shall swallow it up.
8:8 Israel is swallowed up: now shall they be among the
Gentiles as a vessel wherein is no pleasure.
8:9 For they are gone up to Assyria, a wild ass alone by
himself: Ephraim hath hired lovers.
8:10 Yea, though they have hired among the nations, now
will I gather them, and they shall sorrow a little for the
burden of the king of princes.
8:11 Because Ephraim hath made many altars to sin, altars
shall be unto him to sin.
8:12 I have written to him the great things of my law, but
they were counted as a strange thing.
8:13 They sacrifice 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.
8:14 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