Israel is an empty vine, he bringeth forth fruit unto himself: according to the
multitude of his fruit he hath increased the altars; according to the goodness of his
land they have made goodly images.
Their heart is divided; now shall they be found faulty: he shall break down their
altars, he shall spoil their images.
For now they shall say, We have no king, because we feared not the LORD; what then
should a king do to us?
They have spoken words, swearing falsely in making a covenant: thus judgement
springeth up as hemlock in the furrows of the field.
The inhabitants of Samaria shall fear because of the calves of Bethaven: for the
people thereof shall mourn over it, and the priests thereof that rejoiced on it, for
the glory thereof, because it is departed from it.
It shall be also carried unto Assyria for a present to king Jareb: Ephraim shall
receive shame, and Israel shall be ashamed of his own counsel.
As for Samaria, her king is cut off as the foam upon the water.
The high places also of Aven, the sin of Israel, shall be destroyed: the thorn and
the thistle shall come up on their altars; and they shall say to the mountains, Cover
us; and to the hills, Fall on us.
O Israel, thou hast sinned from the days of Gibeah: there they stood: the battle in
Gibeah against the children of iniquity did not overtake them.
It is in my desire that I should chastise them; and the people shall be gathered
against them, when they shall bind themselves in their two furrows.
And Ephraim is as an heifer that is taught, and loveth to tread out the corn; but I
passed over upon her fair neck: I will make Ephraim to ride; Judah shall plow, and
Jacob shall break his clods.
Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for
it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.
Ye have plowed wickedness, ye have reaped iniquity; ye have eaten the fruit of
lies: because thou didst trust in thy way, in the multitude of thy mighty men.
Therefore shall a tumult arise among thy people, and all thy fortresses shall be
spoiled, as Shalman spoiled Betharbel in the day of battle: the mother was dashed in
pieces upon her children.
So shall Bethel do unto you because of your great wickedness: in a morning shall
the king of Israel utterly be cut off.