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The Vine and the Calf

10 Israel is a lush d vine; e

it yields fruit for itself.

The more his fruit increased,

the more he increased the altars. f

The better his land produced,

the better they made the sacred pillars. g

Their hearts are devious; h i

now they must bear their * guilt. j

The Lord will break down their altars k

and demolish their sacred pillars.

In fact, they are now saying,

“We have no king!

For we do not * fear the Lord. l

What can a king do for us?”

They speak mere words,

taking false oaths while making covenants. m

So lawsuits break out

like poisonous weeds in the furrows of a field. n

The residents of Samaria o will have anxiety

over the calf p of Beth-aven. q

Indeed, its idolatrous priests rejoiced over it;

the people will mourn over it,

over its glory. r

It will certainly depart from them.

The calf itself will be taken to Assyria s

as an offering to the great king. t u

Ephraim will experience shame; v

Israel will be ashamed of its counsel. w

Samaria’s king will disappear x y

like foam z on the surface of the water.

The * high places a of Aven, the sin of Israel, b

will be destroyed;

thorns and thistles will grow over their altars. c

They will say to the mountains, d “Cover us!”

and to the hills, “Fall on us!” e

Israel’s Defeat because of Sin

Israel, you have sinned

since the days of Gibeah; f

they have taken their stand there.

Will not war against the unjust

overtake them in Gibeah?

10 I will discipline g them at My discretion; h

nations will be gathered against them

to put them in bondage i

for their two crimes. j

11 Ephraim is a well-trained calf k

that loves to thresh,

but I will place a yoke on l her fine neck. m

I will harness Ephraim; n

Judah will plow;

Jacob will do the final plowing.

12 Sow righteousness for yourselves o

and reap faithful love;

break up your unplowed ground. p

It is time to seek the Lord q

until He comes r and sends righteousness

on you like the rain. s

13 You have plowed wickedness and reaped injustice; t

you have eaten the fruit of lies. u

Because you have trusted in your own way v

and in your large number of soldiers, w

14 the roar of battle will rise against your people,

and all your fortifications will be demolished x

in a day of war,

like Shalman’s destruction of Beth-arbel.

Mothers will be dashed to pieces

along with their children. y

15 So it will be done to you, Bethel, z

because of your extreme evil.

At dawn the king of Israel will be totally destroyed.


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The complete Holman Christian Standard Bible® is now available for the first time ever! More than fifteen years in the making, crafted by the shared expertise of nearly a hundred conservative scholars and English stylists, the Holman CSB® sets the standard in painstaking biblical accuracy and pure literary form.

Accurate, yet highly readable, it's a translation committed to leaving both the grace and gravity of the original languages intact while carefully creating a smooth flow of wording for the reader.

Stylistically, this inaugural edition contributes to the clarity of the written Word, arranging the poetic portions of the Scripture into complete lines of thought, and revering God's presence on each page by capitalizing all the pronouns that refer to Him.

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