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 1 Israel is a luxuriant vine

 that puts forth his fruit.

 According to the abundance of his fruit

 he has multiplied his altars.

 As their land has prospered,

 they have adorned their standing-stones.


 2 Their heart is divided;

 now they will be found guilty.

 He will demolish their altars.

 He will destroy their standing-stones.


 3 Surely now they will say,

 “We have no king,

 for we do not fear Yahweh;

 and the king, what can he do for us?”


 4 They make promises,

 swearing falsely in making covenants.

 Therefore lawsuits spring up

 like poisonous weeds in the furrows of the field.


The inhabitants of Samaria will be afraid

 for the calves of Beth-aven.

 Indeed, its people will mourn over it,

 and so do its priests who rejoiced over it,

 and over its glory,

 because it will be taken from them into exile.


 6 It also will be carried to Assyria

 for a present to a great king.

 Ephraim will receive shame,

 and Israel will be ashamed of his own counsel.


 7 Samaria and her king float away

 like a twig on the water.


 8 The high places also of Aven, the sin of Israel,

 will be destroyed.

 The thorn and the thistle will come up on their altars.

 They will tell the mountains, “Cover us!”

 and the hills, “Fall on us!”


Israel, you have sinned

 from the days of Gibeah.

 There they stand!

 Will not the battle against the sons of iniquity

 overtake them in Gibeah?


 10 When it is my desire, I will chastise them,

 and the nations will be gathered against them

 when they are bound

 to their two transgressions.


Ephraim is a trained heifer

 that loves to thresh;

 so I will put a yoke on her beautiful neck.

 I will set a rider on Ephraim;

 Judah will plow;

 Jacob will break his clods.


 12 Sow to yourselves in righteousness,

 reap according to kindness.

 Break up your fallow ground;

 for it is time to seek Yahweh,

 until he comes and rains righteousness on you.


You have plowed wickedness. You have reaped iniquity.

 You have eaten the fruit of lies,

 for you trusted in your way,

 in the multitude of your mighty men.


 14 Therefore a battle roar will arise among your people,

 and all your fortresses will be destroyed,

 as Shalman destroyed Beth-arbel

 in the day of battle.

 The mother was dashed in pieces

 with her children.


 15 So Bethel will do to you

 because of your great wickedness.

 At daybreak the king of Israel will be destroyed.


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