Destruction is threatened for their impiety,
Hosea 8:1 Set the horne to thy mouthe, & blowe: get the swyftly (as an Aegle) vnto the house of the Lorde: for they haue broken my couenaunt, & transgressed my law. Hosea 8:2 Israel can say vnto me thou art my God, we know the, Hosea 8:3 but he hathe refused the thinge that is good, therfore shall the enemy folow vpon him. Hosea 8:4 They haue ordeyned kinges, but not thorowe me: they haue made princes, and I must not know of it. Of their siluer and golde haue they made them Images, to bringe them selues to destruccion.
Hosea 8:5 Thy calf, O Samaria, shall be taken away. for my wrothfull indignacion is gone forthe agaynst the. How longe will it be, or they can be clensed? Hosea 8:6 For the calfe came from Israel, the worcke man made it, therfore can it be no God but euen to a spyders webbe shall the calfe of Samaria be turned. Hosea 8:7 They haue sown wind therfore shall they reape a storme. Their sede shal beare no corne, there shal no meel be made of their increase: thoughe they reape, yet shall straungers deuoure it vp. Hosea 8:8 Israel shal peryshe, the Gentyles shall intreate him as a foule vessel. Hosea 8:9 Sence they wente vp to the Assirians, they are become lyke a wylde asse in the deserte. Ephraim geueth rewardes to get louers, Hosea 8:10 therfore are they scatred amonge the Heathen, there will I gather them vp. They shall sone be wery of the burthen of kinges & prynces. Hosea 8:11 Ephraim hath made many aulters to do wickednes, therfore shall the aulters turne to his sinne.
Hosea 8:12 Thoughe I shew them my lawe, neuer so muche, they count it but straunge doctrine. Hosea 8:13 Whereas they do sacryfice, offeringe the fleshe and eatinge it: the Lorde wyll haue no pleasure therin: but wyll remembre their wickednes, and punyshe their sinnes. Israel turneth agayne into Egipte, Hosea 8:14 they haue forgotten him that made them, they buylde churches, and Iuda maketh manye stronge cities: therfore will I sende a fyre into their cities, and it shall consume their places.