Destruction is threatened for their impiety,
Hosea 8:1 Set the horne to thy mouth, and blowe: get the swiftly (as an Aegle) vnto the house of the LORDE: for they haue broken my couenannt, and transgressed my lawe. Hosea 8:2 Israel can saye vnto me: thou art my God, we knowe the: Hosea 8:3 but he hath refused the thinge that is good, therfore shall the enemye folowe vpon him. Hosea 8:4 They haue ordened kinges, but not thorow me: they haue made prynces, and I must not knowe of it. Of their syluer and golde haue they made them ymages, to bringe them selues to destruccion.
Hosea 8:5 Thy calfe (O Samaria) shalbe taken awaye. for my wrothfull indignacion is gone forth agaynst the. How longe wil it be, or they can be clensed? Hosea 8:6 For the calfe came from Israel, the worke man made it, therfore can it be no God, but euen to a spyders webbe shal ye calfe of Samaria be turned. Hosea 8:7 They haue sowne wynde, therfore shal they reepe a storme. Their sede shal beare no corne, there shal no meel be made of their increase: though yere be, yet shall straungers deuoure it vp. Hosea 8:8 Israel shall perish, the Gentiles shall entreate him as a foule vessel. Hosea 8:9 Sens they went vp to the Assirians, they are become like a wylde asse in the deserte. Ephraim geueth rewardes to get louers, Hosea 8:10 therfore are they scatred amoge the Heithe, there wil I gather them vp. They shal soone be weery of the burthen of kinges & prynces. Hosea 8:11 Ephraim hath made many aulters to do wickednes, therfore shal the aulters turne to his synne.
Hosea 8:12 Though I shewe the my lawe neuer so moch, they counte it but straunge doctrine. Hosea 8:13 Where as they do sacrifice, offeringe the flesh and eatinge it: the LORDE will haue no pleasure therin: but will remembre their wickednes, and punysh their synnes. Israel turneth agayne in to Egipte, Hosea 8:14 they haue forgotten him that made them, they buylde churches, and Iuda maketh many stronge cities: therfore wil I sende a fyre in to their cities, and it shal consume their places.