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1Israel is an empty vine. Shall he bring forth fruit unto himself? According to the multiplication of his fruit he has multiplied altars; according to the goodness of his land they have bettered their statues.2Their heart has wandered; now they shall be found guilty: he shall break down their altars, he shall destroy their statues.3For now they shall say, We have no king, because we did not fear the Lord; what then should a king do to us?4They have spoken words, swearing falsely in making a covenant: thus judgment shall spring up as hemlock in the furrows of the field.5The inhabitants of Samaria shall fear because of the calves of Bethaven: for the people thereof shall mourn because of the calf, and the religious persons thereof that rejoiced on it, for the glory thereof, which shall be made to vanish away.6It shall be also carried unto Assyria for a present to King Jareb: Ephraim shall be ashamed, and Israel shall be confused at his own counsel.7As for Samaria, her king is cut off as the foam upon the surface of the waters.8And the altars of Aven shall be destroyed, the sin of Israel: the thorn and the thistle shall grow upon their altars; and they shall say to the mountains, Cover us; and to the hills, Fall on us.
9O Israel, thou hast sinned from the days of Gibeah; there they stood: the battle in Gibeah against the sons of iniquity did not overtake them.10And I shall chastise them as I desire; and the peoples shall gather themselves over them, when they shall be bound in their two furrows.11Ephraim is a heifer that is taught and loves to tread out the wheat; but I shall pass over upon her fair neck: I will make Ephraim to draw; Judah shall plow, and Jacob shall break his clods.12Sow yourselves unto righteousness, reap yourselves unto mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is the time to seek the Lord until he comes and teaches you righteousness.13Ye have plowed wickedness, ye have reaped iniquity; ye shall eat the fruit of lies because thou didst trust in thy way and in the multitude of thy mighty men.14Therefore, in thy peoples a tumult shall arise, and all thy fortresses shall be destroyed, as Shalman destroyed Betharbel in the day of battle: the mother was dashed in pieces upon her sons.15So shall Bethel do unto you because of your great wickedness; in the morning the king of Israel shall utterly be cut off.