aPut the trumpet to your lips! bLike an eagle the enemy comes cagainst the house of the Lord, Because they have dtransgressed My covenant And rebelled against My elaw.
aThey cry out to Me, "My God, bwe of Israel know You!"
Israel has rejected the good; The enemy will pursue him.
aThey have set up kings, but not by Me; They have appointed princes, but I did not know it. With their bsilver and gold they have made idols for themselves, That they might be cut off.
He has rejected your acalf, O Samaria, saying, "My anger burns against them!" How long will they be incapable of binnocence?
For from Israel is even this! A acraftsman made it, so it is not God; Surely the calf of Samaria will be broken to pieces.
For athey sow the wind And they reap the bwhirlwind. The standing grain has no heads; It yields cno grain. Should it yield, strangers would swallow it up.
Israel is aswallowed up; They are now among the nations Like a bvessel in which no one delights.
For they have gone up to aAssyria, Like ba wild donkey all alone; Ephraim has chired lovers.
Even though they hire allies among the nations, Now I will agather them up; And they will begin bto diminish Because of the burden of the cking of princes.
Since Ephraim has amultiplied altars for sin, They have become altars of sinning for him.
Though aI wrote for him ten thousand precepts of My blaw, They are regarded as a strange thing.
As for My asacrificial gifts, They bsacrifice the flesh and eat it, But the Lord has taken no delight in them. Now He will cremember their iniquity, And dpunish them for their sins; They will return to eEgypt.
For Israel has aforgotten his Maker and bbuilt palaces; And Judah has multiplied fortified cities, But I will send a cfire on its cities that it may consume its palatial dwellings.