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.
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
But what can a king do for us anyway?”
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
Its people will mourn over it;
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;
10:7 Samaria and its king will be carried off 19
like a twig 20 on the surface of the waters.
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!”