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The Apostasy of Israel

8Set the 1trumpet to your mouth!

He shall come alike an eagle against the house of the Lord,

Because they have transgressed My covenant

And rebelled against My law.

2 bIsrael will cry to Me,

‘My God, cwe know You!’

3 Israel has rejected the good;

The enemy will pursue him.

4 “They dset up kings, but not by Me;

They made princes, but I did not acknowledge them.

From their silver and gold

They made idols for themselves—

That they might be cut off.

5 Your 2calf 3is rejected, O Samaria!

My anger is aroused against them—

eHow long until they attain to innocence?

6 For from Israel is even this:

A fworkman made it, and it is not God;

But the calf of Samaria shall be broken to pieces.

7 “They gsow the wind,

And reap the whirlwind.

The stalk has no bud;

It shall never produce meal.

If it should produce,

hAliens would swallow it up.

8 iIsrael is swallowed up;

Now they are among the Gentiles

jLike a vessel in which is no pleasure.

9 For they have gone up to Assyria,

Like ka wild donkey alone by itself;

Ephraim lhas hired lovers.

10 Yes, though they have hired among the nations,

Now mI will gather them;

And they shall 4sorrow a little,

Because of the 5burden of nthe king of princes.

11 “Because Ephraim has made many altars for sin,

They have become for him altars for sinning.

12 I have written for him othe great things of My law,

But they were considered a strange thing.

13 For the sacrifices of My offerings pthey sacrifice flesh and eat it,

qBut the Lord does not accept them.

rNow He will remember their iniquity and punish their sins.

They shall return to Egypt.

14 “For sIsrael has forgotten this Maker,

And has built 6temples;

Judah also has multiplied ufortified cities;

But vI will send fire upon his cities,

And it shall devour his 7palaces.”


About The New King James Version

The New King James Version is a total update of the 1611 King James Version, also known as the "Authorized Version." Every attempt has been made to maintain the beauty of the original version while updating the English grammar to contemporary style and usage. The result is much better "readability." It is noteworthy that the NKJV is one of the few modern translations still based on the "Western" or "Byzantine" manuscript tradition. This makes the New King James Version an invaluable aid to comparative English Bible study.


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