Destruction is threatened for their impiety,
Hosea 8:1 [Set] the Trumpet to thy mouth: [hee shall come] as an Eagle against the house of the LORD, because they haue transgressed my Couenant, and trespassed against my Lawe. Hosea 8:2 Israel shall crie vnto me, My God, we know thee. Hosea 8:3 Israel hath cast off the thing that is good: the enemie shall pursue him. Hosea 8:4 They haue set vp Kings, but not by me: they haue made Princes, and I knew [it] not: of their siluer and their golde haue they made them idoles, that they may be cut off.
Hosea 8:5 Thy calfe, O Samaria, hath cast thee off: mine anger is kindled against them: how long will it bee ere they attaine to innocencie? Hosea 8:6 For from Israel [was] it also, the workeman made it, therefore it is not God: but the calfe of Samaria shall be broken in pieces. Hosea 8:7 For they haue sowen the winde, and they shall reape the whirlewinde: it hath no stalke: the budde shall yeeld no meale: if so be it yeeld, the strangers shall swallow it vp. Hosea 8:8 Israel is swallowed vp, now shal they be among the Gentiles, as a vessell wherein [is] no pleasure. Hosea 8:9 For they are gone vp to Assyria, a wilde Asse alone by himselfe; Ephraim hath hired louers. Hosea 8:10 Yea, though they haue hired among the nations, now will I gather them, and they shall sorrow a little for the burden of the King of princes. Hosea 8:11 Because Ephraim hath made many altars to sinne, altars shall be vnto him to sinne.
Hosea 8:12 I haue written to him the great things of my Law, [but] they were counted as a strange thing. Hosea 8:13 They sacrifice flesh for the sacrifices of mine offerings, and eate [it; but] the LORD accepteth them not: now will he remember their iniquitie, and visite their sinnes: they shal returne to Egypt. Hosea 8:14 For Israel hath forgotten his maker, and buildeth temples; and Iudah hath multiplied fenced cities: but I will send a fire vpon his cities, and it shall deuoure the palaces thereof.