Israel is reproved and threatened for their impiety and idolatry.
Hosea 10:1 Israel was a goodly vyne, but he hath brought forth vnprofytable frute: yea, the more frute he had, þe mo aulters he made: the more good I dyd to their lande, the more frendshyppe shewed they to their Images. Hosea 10:2 Their herte is deuyded, therfore wyll they be destroyed. The Lorde shall breake doune their Images, he shall destroye their aulters. Hosea 10:3 Then shall they saye: we haue no kinge, for why? we haue not feared the Lorde. And what shall then the kinge do to vs? Hosea 10:4 They comen together, and sweare vayn othes: they be confederate together, therefore groweth their punyshement, as the wedes in the forowes of the lande. Hosea 10:5 They þt dwell in Samaria haue worshipped the calfe of Bethauen: therfore shall the people mourne ouer them: yea, and the priestes also, that in their welthynesse reioysed wyth them: and why? it shall passe awaye from them. Hosea 10:6 It shalbe brougthe to the Assyryans, for a present vnto kinge Iareb. Ephraim shal receyue full punishement: Israel shalbe confounded for his owne ymaginacyons. Hosea 10:7 Samaria with his kynge shall vanyshe awaye as the scomme in the water. Hosea 10:8 The hye places of Auen where Israel do synne, shalbe caste doune: thystles and thornes shall growe vpon their aulters. Then shall they saye to the mountaynes: couer vs, and to the hylles, fall vpon vs. Hosea 10:9 O Israel, thou hast synned as Gabaa did afore tyme, where they remayneth, shoulde not the battel then come vpon the wicked children, as wel as vpon the Gabaonites? Hosea 10:10 I wyl chasten them, euen after myne owne desyre, the people shalbe gathered together ouer them, when I punishe them for their greate wyckednesse. Hosea 10:11 Ephraim was vnto me, as a cowe that is vsed to go to plowe, therfore I loued him, & fel vpon his fayre neck, I droue Ephraim, Iuda plowed, and Iacob played the husbande man, Hosea 10:12 that they myght sowe vnto righteousnes, and reape the frutes of weldoynge that they might plowe vp their fresh lande, & seke the Lorde, tyll he came, and learned them ryghteousnes. Hosea 10:13 But nowe they haue plowed them wyckednesse, therfore shall they reape synne, & eat the frute of lyes. Seynge thou puttest thy confydence in thyne owne wayes, and leanest to the multitude of thy worthyes: Hosea 10:14 there shall growe a sedicion amonge thy people. All thy stronge cities shalbe layd waste, euen as Salmana was destroyed with his familiers, thorow him that was auenged of Arbell, in the day of batell, where the mother peryshed wt her children. Hosea 10:15 Euen so shall it go with you (O Bethel) because of youre malicious wickednes. Lyke as the morninge goeth awaye, so shall the kinge of Israel passe.