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10 Israel aempties his vine;
He brings forth fruit for himself.
According to the multitude of his fruit
bHe has increased the altars;
According to the bounty of his land
They have embellished his sacred pillars.
Now they are held guilty.
He will break down their altars;
He will ruin their sacred pillars.
“We have no king,
Because we did not fear the Lord.
And as for a king, what would he do for us?”
Swearing falsely in making a covenant.
Thus judgment springs up dlike hemlock in the furrows of the field.
For its people mourn for it,
And 3its priests shriek for it—
Because its fglory has departed from it.
As a present for King gJareb.
Ephraim shall receive shame,
And Israel shall be ashamed of his own counsel.
Like a twig on the water.
Shall be destroyed.
The thorn and thistle shall grow on their altars;
jThey shall say to the mountains, “Cover us!”
And to the hills, “Fall on us!”
9 “O Israel, you have sinned from the days of kGibeah;
There they stood.
Did not 6overtake them.
mPeoples shall be gathered against them
When I bind them 7for their two transgressions.
11 Ephraim is na trained heifer
That loves to thresh grain;
But I harnessed her fair neck,
I will make Ephraim 8pull a plow.
Judah shall plow;
Jacob shall break his clods.”
Reap in mercy;
oBreak up your fallow ground,
For it is time to seek the Lord,
Till He pcomes and rains righteousness on you.
13 qYou have plowed wickedness;
You have reaped iniquity.
You have eaten the fruit of lies,
Because you trusted in your own way,
In the multitude of your mighty men.
And all your fortresses shall be plundered
As Shalman plundered Beth Arbel in the day of battle—
A mother dashed in pieces upon her children.
Because of your great wickedness.
At dawn the king of Israel
Shall be cut off utterly.
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