Hosea 8
1Set the shofar to thy mouth. He shall come as an eagle against the house of the Lord because they have transgressed my covenant and rebelled against my law.2Israel shall cry unto me, My God, we have known thee.3Israel has cast off the good; the enemy shall pursue him.4They have reigned, but not by me; they have made dominion, and I knew it not; of their silver and their gold they have made themselves idols that they may be cut off.5Thy calf, O Samaria, has cast thee off; my anger has been kindled against them until they could no longer be absolved.6For it is of Israel; and a workman made it who is not God: because the calf of Samaria shall be broken in pieces.7For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind; they shall have no harvest; the fruit shall yield no meal: if so be it yields, the strangers shall swallow it up.
8Israel shall be swallowed up; soon they shall be among the Gentiles as a vessel in which there is no pleasure.9For they are gone up to Assyria, a wild ass thinking only of himself; Ephraim has hired lovers.10Even though they hire the Gentiles, now I will gather them, and they shall sorrow a little for the burden of the king and of the princes.11Because Ephraim has multiplied altars for sin, the altars shall be a sin unto him.12I have written to him the great things of my law, but they were counted as strange things.13In the sacrifices of my gifts they sacrificed flesh and ate; but the Lord does not accept them; now he will remember their iniquity and visit their sins; they shall return to Egypt.14For Israel has forgotten his Maker and has built temples; and Judah has multiplied fenced cities; but I will send a fire upon his cities, and it shall devour the palaces thereof.