A. 1 Set the trumpet to thy mouth. He shall come as an eagle against the house of the LORD,because they have transgressed my covenant, and trespassed against my law.
2 Israel shall cry unto me, My God, we know thee.
3 Israel hath cast off the thing that is good:
the enemy shall pursue him.
B. 4 They have set up kings, but not by me:
they have made princes, and I knew it not:
of their silver and their gold have they made them idols, that they may be cut off.
5 Thy calf, O Samaria, hath cast thee off;
mine anger is kindled against them:
how long will it be ere they attain to innocency?
C. 6 For from Israel was it also:
the workman made it; therefore it is not God:
but the calf of Samaria shall be broken in pieces.
D.7 For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind:
it hath no stalk: the bud shall yield no meal:
if so be it yield, the strangers shall swallow it up.
C’. 8 Israel is swallowed up: now shall they be among the Gentiles as a vessel wherein is no pleasure.
9 For they are gone up to Assyria,
a wild ass alone by himself:
Ephraim hath hired lovers.
B’. 10 Yea, though they have hired among the nations, now will I gather them, and they shall sorrow a little for the burden of the king of princes. 11 Because Ephraim hath made many altars to sin, altars shall be unto him to sin.
A’. 12 I have written to him the great things of my law, but they were counted as a strange thing. 13 They sacrifice flesh for the sacrifices of mine offerings, and eat it; but the LORD accepteth them not; now will he remember their iniquity, and visit their sins: they shall return to Egypt. 14 For Israel hath forgotten his Maker, and buildeth temples; and Judah hath multiplied fenced cities: but I will send a fire upon his cities, and it shall devour the palaces thereof.