Israel is reproved and threatened for their impiety and idolatry.
Hosea 10:1 Israel [is] an empty vine, he bringeth forth fruite vnto himselfe: according to the multitude of his fruite, he hath increased the altars, according to the goodnesse of his land, they haue made goodly images. Hosea 10:2 Their heart is diuided: now shall they be found faultie: hee shall breake downe their altars: he shall spoile their images. Hosea 10:3 For now they shall say, We haue no King, because we feared not the LORD, What then should a King doe to vs? Hosea 10:4 They haue spoken words, swearing falsely in making a couenant: thus iudgement springeth vp as hemlocke in the furrowes of the field. Hosea 10:5 The inhabitants of Samaria shall feare, because of the calues of Bethauen: for the people thereof shall mourne ouer it, and the priests thereof [that] reioyced on it, for the glory thereof, because it is departed from it. Hosea 10:6 It shall be also caried vnto Assyria for a present to King Iareb: Ephraim shall receiue shame, and Israel shall be ashamed of his owne counsell. Hosea 10:7 As for Samaria, her King is cut off as the fome vpon the water. Hosea 10:8 The high places also of Auen, the sinne of Israel, shall be destroyed: the thorne and the thistle shall come vp on their altars; and they shall say to the mountaines, Couer vs; and to the hilles, Fall on vs. Hosea 10:9 O Israel, thou hast sinned from the dayes of Gibeah: there they stood: the battell in Gibeah against the children of iniquitie did not ouertake them. Hosea 10:10 [It is] in my desire that I should chastise them, and the people shall be gathered against them, when they shall bind themselues in their two furrowes. Hosea 10:11 And Ephraim [is as] an heifer that is taught [and] loueth to tread out [the corne], but I passed ouer vpon her faire necke: I will make Ephraim to ride: Iudah shall plow, [and] Iacob shall breake his clods. Hosea 10:12 Sow to your selues in righteousnesse, reape in mercie: breake vp your fallow ground: for [it is] time to seeke the LORD, till he come and raine righteousnesse vpon you. Hosea 10:13 Ye haue plowed wickednesse, yee haue reaped iniquitie, ye haue eaten the fruite of lies: because thou didst trust in thy way, in the multitude of thy mightie men. Hosea 10:14 Therefore shall a tumult arise among thy people, and all thy fortresses shall bee spoiled, as Shalman spoiled Beth-arbel in the day of battell: the mother was dashed in pieces vpon her children. Hosea 10:15 So shall Bethel doe vnto you, because of your great wickednesse: in a morning shall the king of Israel be vtterly cut off.