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The Apostasy of Israel
1Set the trumpet to your mouth!
He shall come #Deut. 28:49; Jer. 4:13like an eagle against the house of the Lord,
Because they have transgressed My covenant
And rebelled against My law.
2#Ps. 78:34; Hos. 5:15; 7:14Israel will cry to Me,
‘My God, #Titus 1:16we know You!’
3Israel has rejected the good;
The enemy will pursue him.
4“They#1 Kin. 12:20; 2 Kin. 15:23, 25; Hos. 13:10, 11 set up kings, but not by Me;
They made princes, but I did not acknowledge them.
From their silver and gold
They made idols for themselves—
That they might be cut off.
5Your calf is rejected, O Samaria!
My anger is aroused against them—
#Ps. 19:13; Jer. 13:27How long until they attain to innocence?
6For from Israel is even this:
A #Is. 40:19workman made it, and it is not God;
But the calf of Samaria shall be broken to pieces.
7“They#Prov. 22:8 sow the wind,
And reap the whirlwind.
The stalk has no bud;
It shall never produce meal.
If it should produce,
#Hos. 7:9Aliens would swallow it up.
8#2 Kin. 17:6; Jer. 51:34Israel is swallowed up;
Now they are among the Gentiles
#Jer. 22:28; 25:34Like a vessel in which is no pleasure.
9For they have gone up to Assyria,
Like #Hos. 7:11; 12:1; Jer. 2:24a wild donkey alone by itself;
Ephraim #Ezek. 16:33, 34has hired lovers.
10Yes, though they have hired among the nations,
Now #Ezek. 16:37; 22:20I will gather them;
And they shall sorrow a little,
Because of the burden of #Is. 10:8; Ezek. 26:7; Dan. 2:37the king of princes.
11“Because Ephraim has made many altars for sin,
They have become for him altars for sinning.
12I have written for him #(Deut. 4:6–8); Ps. 119:18; 147:19, 20the great things of My law,
But they were considered a strange thing.
13For the sacrifices of My offerings #Zech. 7:6they sacrifice flesh and eat it,
#Jer. 14:10; Hos. 6:6; 9:4; 1 Cor. 4:5But the Lord does not accept them.
#Hos. 9:9; Amos 8:7; Luke 12:2Now He will remember their iniquity and punish their sins.
They shall return to Egypt.
14“For#Deut. 32:18; (Hos. 2:13; 4:6; 13:6) Israel has forgotten #Is. 29:23his Maker,
And has built temples;
Judah also has multiplied #Num. 32:17; 2 Kin. 18:13fortified cities;
But #Jer. 17:27I will send fire upon his cities,
And it shall devour his palaces.”