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1Set the trumpet to your lips,

for a vulture is over the house of the Lord,

because they have broken my covenant,

and transgressed my law.

2To me they cry,

My God, we Israel know thee.

3Israel has spurned the good;

the enemy shall pursue him.

4They made kings, but not through me.

They set up princes, but without my knowledge.

With their silver and gold they made idols

for their own destruction.

5I have spurned your calf, O Samarʹia.

My anger burns against them.

How long will it be

till they are pure 6in Israel?

A workman made it;

it is not God.

The calf of Samarʹia

shall be broken to pieces.

7For they sow the wind,

and they shall reap the whirlwind.

The standing grain has no heads,

it shall yield no meal;

if it were to yield,

aliens would devour it.

8Israel is swallowed up;

already they are among the nations

as a useless vessel.

9For they have gone up to Assyria,

a wild ass wandering alone;

Eʹphraim has hired lovers.

10Though they hire allies among the nations,

I will soon gather them up.

And they shall cease for a little while

from anointing king and princes.

11Because Eʹphraim has multiplied altars for sinning,

they have become to him altars for sinning.

12Were I to write for him my laws by ten thousands,

they would be regarded as a strange thing.

13They love sacrifice;

they sacrifice flesh and eat it;

but the Lord has no delight in them.

Now he will remember their iniquity,

and punish their sins;

they shall return to Egypt.

14For Israel has forgotten his Maker,

and built palaces;

and Judah has multiplied fortified cities;

but I will send a fire upon his cities,

and it shall devour his strongholds.

Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America.
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