Bible: Hosea 10:1-8

Israel is Guilty of Fertility Cult Worship

10:1 Israel was a fertile vine

that yielded fruit.

As his fruit multiplied,

he multiplied altars to Baal. 1 

As his land prospered,

they adorned the fertility pillars.

10:2 Their heart is slipping;

soon they will be punished for their guilt.

The Lord 2  will break their altars;

he will completely destroy their fertility pillars.

The Lord Will Punish Israel by Removing Its Kings

10:3 Very soon they will say, “We have no king

since we did not fear the Lord.

But what can a king do for us anyway?

10:4 They 3  utter empty words, 4 

taking 5  false oaths and making empty 6  agreements.

Therefore legal disputes sprout up

like poisonous weeds 7  in the furrows of a plowed field.

The Calf Idol and Idolaters of Samaria Will Be Exiled

10:5 The inhabitants 8  of Samaria will lament 9  over the calf idol 10  of Beth Aven. 11 

Its people will mourn over it;

its idolatrous priests will wail 12  over it, 13 

because its splendor will be taken from them 14  into exile.

10:6 Even the calf idol 15  will be carried to Assyria,

as tribute for the great king. 16 

Ephraim will be disgraced;

Israel will be put to shame because 17  of its wooden idol. 18 

10:7 Samaria and its king will be carried off 19 

like a twig 20  on the surface of the waters.

10:8 The high places of the “House 21  of Wickedness 22  will be destroyed;

it is the place where Israel sins.

Thorns and thistles will grow up over its altars.

Then they will say to the mountains, “Cover us!”

and to the hills, “Fall on us!

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