Destruction is threatened for their impiety,
Hosea 8:1 Set the horne to thy mouth, and blowe: swyftly (as an Aegle) shall the enemye come against the house of the Lorde: for they haue broken my couenaunt, & transgressed my lawe. Hosea 8:2 Israel shulde haue sayde vnto me: þu art my God, we knowe þe: Hosea 8:3 but he hath refused the thyng þt is good, therfore shall the enemy folowe vpon hym. Hosea 8:4 They haue ordened kynges, but not thorow me: they haue made princes, & I must not knowe of it. Of their syluer & golde haue they made them Images, to brynge them selues to destruccyon.
Hosea 8:5 Thy calf, O Samaria, shalbe taken awaye, for my wrothfull indignacyon is gone forth agaynst the. Howe longe will 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 in peaces shall þe calfe of Samaria be broken. Hosea 8:7 They haue sowne wynde, therfore shall they reape a storme. Their sede shall beare no corne, there shall no meale be made of theyr increase: though they reape, yet shall straungers deuoure it vp. Hosea 8:8 Israel shall perish, the Gentiles shall intreate him as a foule vessell. Hosea 8:9 Sence they went vp to the Assyrians, they are become lyke a wylde asse in the deserte. Ephraim geueth rewardes to get louers Hosea 8:10 and though they hyre them amonge the hethen yet nowe wyll I gather them vp. They shall begynne to be weeryed wyth the burthen of kynges and prynces. Hosea 8:11 Ephraim hath made many aulters to do wyckednes, hys aulters (I saye) he had to his sinne.
Hosea 8:12 Though I shewe them my lawe neuer so moch, they counte it but straunge doctryne. Hosea 8:13 Where as they do sacrifyce, offerynge the flesshe and eatinge it: the Lorde wyll haue no pleasure therin: but wyll remembre theyr wickednes, & punishe their synnes. Israel turneth agayne into Egipt, Hosea 8:14 they haue forgotten him þt made them, they buylde fayre palaces, and Iuda maketh many stronge cyties: therfore will I sende a fyre into theyr cyties, and it shall consume their places.