Israel’s False Hopes
1Put the horn to your mouth! # Hs 5:8
One like an eagle comes
against the house of the Lord, # Dt 28:49
because they transgress My covenant # Hs 6:7
and rebel against My law. # Hs 4:6; 8:12
2Israel cries out to Me, # Hs 7:14
“My God, we know You!”
3Israel has rejected what is good; # Hs 3:5
an enemy will pursue him.
4They have installed kings, # Hs 13:10-11
but not through Me.
They have appointed leaders,
but without My approval.
They make their silver and gold # Hs 2:8; 13:1-2
into idols for themselves
for their own destruction. # Lit themselves that it might be cut off
5Your calf-idol # Lit calf # Hs 10:5; 13:2 is rejected, Samaria. # 1Kg 12:28-29; Hs 7:1
My anger burns against them.
How long will they be incapable of innocence? # Ps 19:13; Jr 13:27
6For this thing is from Israel —
a craftsman made it, # Hs 13:2 and it is not God.
The calf of Samaria will be smashed to bits!
7Indeed, they sow the wind # Hs 10:13
and reap the whirlwind. # Is 66:15; Nah 1:3
There is no standing grain;
what sprouts fails to yield flour. # Hs 2:9
Even if they did,
foreigners would swallow it up.
8Israel is swallowed up! # Jr 51:34
Now they are among the nations
like discarded pottery. # Jr 25:34; Hs 13:15
9For they have gone up to Assyria # Hs 7:11
like a wild donkey going off on its own.
Ephraim has paid for love. # Ezk 16:33
10Even though they hire lovers among the nations,
I will now round them up,
and they will begin to decrease in number # Jr 42:2
under the burden of the king and leaders. # Is 10:8
11When Ephraim multiplied his altars for sin, # Hs 10:1; 12:11
they became his altars for sinning.
12Though I were to write out for him
ten thousand points of My instruction, # Hs 4:6
they would be # Or Though I wrote out . . . instruction, they are regarded as something strange.
13Though they offer sacrificial gifts # Hb obscure # Hs 5:6; 9:4
and eat the flesh, # Jr 6:20; 7:21
the Lord does not accept them.
Now He will remember their guilt # Hs 7:2; Lk 12:2; 1Co 4:5
and punish their sins; # Hs 4:9; 9:7
they will return to Egypt. # Hs 9:3,6
14Israel has forgotten his Maker # Hs 2:13; 4:6; 13:6 and built palaces; # Is 9:9-10
Judah has also multiplied fortified cities.
I will send fire on their cities, # Jr 17:27
and it will consume their citadels.