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He produces fruit for himself.
The more his fruit,
The more altars he bmade;
The 2richer his land,
Now they must bear their bguilt.
And destroy their sacred pillars.
3 Surely now they will say, “We have ano king,
For we do not revere the Lord.
As for the king, what can he do for us?”
And bjudgment sprouts like poisonous weeds in the furrows of the field.
Indeed, its people will mourn for it,
Over its dglory, since it has departed from it.
6 The thing itself will be carried to aAssyria
And Israel will be ashamed of its down counsel.
7 Samaria will be acut off with her king
Like a stick on the surface of the water.
cThorn and thistle will grow on their altars;
Then they will dsay to the mountains,
“Cover us!” And to the hills, “Fall on us!”
There they stand!
Will not the battle against the sons of iniquity overtake them in Gibeah?
And cthe peoples will be gathered against them
When they are bound for their double guilt.
11 Ephraim is a trained aheifer that loves to thresh,
But I will bcome over her fair neck with a yoke;
I will harness Ephraim,
Judah will plow, Jacob will harrow for himself.
12 aSow with a view to righteousness,
Reap in accordance with 1kindness;
bBreak up your fallow ground,
For it is time to cseek the Lord
13 You have aplowed wickedness, you have reaped injustice,
You have eaten the fruit of blies.
Because you have trusted in your way, in your cnumerous warriors,
And all your afortresses will be destroyed,
As Shalman destroyed Beth-arbel on the day of battle,
When bmothers were dashed in pieces with their children.
At dawn the king of Israel will be completely cut off.
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