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it yields fruit for itself.
The more his fruit increased,
the more he increased the altars.x
The better his land produced,
the better they made the sacred pillars.y
now they must bear their guilt.aa
The Lord will break down their altarsab
and demolish their sacred pillars.
“We have no king!
For we do not fear the Lord.ac
What can a king do for us?”
taking false oaths while making covenants.ad
So lawsuits break out
like poisonous weeds in the furrows of a field.ae
5 The residents of Samariaaf will have anxiety
Indeed, its idolatrous priests rejoiced over it;
the people will mourn over it,
over its glory.ai
It will certainly go into exile.
6 The calf itself will be taken to Assyriaaj
Ephraim will experience shame;al
Israel will be ashamed of its counsel.am
like foamF on the surface of the water.
will be destroyed;
thorns and thistles will grow over their altars.aq
They will say to the mountains,ar “Cover us!”
and to the hills, “Fall on us!”as
9 Israel, you have sinned
since the days of Gibeah;at
they have taken their stand there.
Will not war against the unjust
overtake them in Gibeah?
to put them in bondageA
for their double iniquity.a
11 Ephraim is a well-trained calfb
that loves to thresh,
I will harness Ephraim;d
Judah will plow;
Jacob will do the final plowing.
12 Sow righteousness for yourselvese
and reap faithful love;
break up your unplowed ground.f
It is time to seek the Lordg
until he comesh and sends righteousness
on you like the rain.i
13 You have plowed wickedness and reaped injustice;j
you have eaten the fruit of lies.k
Because you have trusted in your own wayC
and in your large number of soldiers,l
and all your fortifications will be demolishedm
in a day of war,
like Shalman’s destruction of Beth-arbel.
Mothers will be dashed to pieces
along with their children.n
15 So it will be done to you, Bethel,o
because of your extreme evil.
At dawn the king of Israel will be totally destroyed.
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