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 1 Put the shofar to your lips!

 Something like an eagle

 is over Yahweh’s house,

 because they have broken my covenant

 and rebelled against my law.


 2 They cry out to me,

 “My God, we Israel acknowledge you!”


 3 Israel has cast off what is good.

 The enemy will pursue him.


They have set up kings,

 but not by me.

 They have made officials,

 but without my approval.

 With their silver and their gold

 they have made idols for themselves,

 so that it may be cut off.


 5 Let Samaria throw out their calf idol!

 My anger burns against them!

 How long will it be until they are capable of purity?


 6 For this calf is even from Israel!

 The craftsman has made it, and it is not God;

 indeed, the calf of Samaria will be broken in pieces.


For they sow the wind,

 and they will reap the whirlwind.

 He has no standing grain.

 The stalk will yield no head;

 if it does yield,

 strangers will swallow it up.


 8 Israel is swallowed up.

 Now they are among the nations

 like a worthless thing.


 9 For they have gone up to Assyria,

 like a wild donkey wandering alone.

 Ephraim has hired lovers for himself.


 10 But although they sold themselves among the nations,

 I will now gather them;

 and they begin to waste away

 because of the oppression of the king of mighty ones.


Because Ephraim has multiplied altars for sinning,

 they became for him altars for sinning.


 12 I wrote for him

 the many things of my law,

 but they were regarded as a strange thing.


 13 As for the sacrifices of my offerings,

 they sacrifice flesh and eat it,

 but Yahweh does not accept them.

 Now he will remember their iniquity

 and punish their sins.

 They will return to Egypt.


 14 For Israel has forgotten his Maker and built palaces,

 and Judah has multiplied fortified cities;

 but I will send a fire on his cities,

 and it will devour its fortresses.


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