Israel is reproved and threatened for their impiety and idolatry.
Hosea 10:1 'An empty vine [is] Israel, Fruit he maketh like to himself, According to the abundance of his fruit, He hath multiplied for the altars, According to the goodness of his land, They have made goodly standing-pillars. Hosea 10:2 Their heart hath been divided, now they are guilty, He doth break down their altars, He doth destroy their standing-pillars. Hosea 10:3 For now they say: We have no king, Because we have not feared Jehovah, And the kingwhat doth he for us? Hosea 10:4 They have spoken words, To swear falsehood in making a covenant, And flourished as a poisonous herb hath judgment, on the furrows of a field. Hosea 10:5 For the calves of Beth-Aven fear do inhabitants of Samaria, Surely mourned on account of it hath its people, And its priests on account of it leap about, Because of its honour, for it hath removed from it, Hosea 10:6 Also it to Asshur is carried, a present to a warlike king, Shame doth Ephraim receive, And ashamed is Israel of its own counsel. Hosea 10:7 Cut off is Samaria! Its king [is] as a chip on the face of the waters. Hosea 10:8 And destroyed have been high places of Aven, the sin of Israel. Thorn and bramble go up on their altars, And they have said to hills, Cover us, And to heights, Fall upon us. Hosea 10:9 From the days of Gibeah thou hast sinned, O Israel, There they have stood, Not overtake them in Gibeah doth battle, Because of sons of perverseness. Hosea 10:10 When I desire, then I do bind them, And gathered against them have peoples, When they bind themselves to their two iniquities. Hosea 10:11 And Ephraim [is] a trained heiferloving to thresh, And II have passed over on the goodness of its neck, I cause [one] to ride Ephraim, Plough doth Judah, harrow for him doth Jacob. Hosea 10:12 Sow for yourselves in righteousness, Reap according to loving-kindness, Till for yourselves tillage of knowledge, To seek Jehovah, Till he come and shew righteousness to you. Hosea 10:13 Ye have ploughed wickedness, Perversity ye have reaped, Ye have eaten the fruit of lying, For thou hast trusted in thy way, In the abundance of thy might. Hosea 10:14 And rise doth a tumult among thy people, And all thy fortresses are spoiled, As the spoiling of Shalman of Beth-Arbel, In a day of battle, Mother against sons dashed in pieces. Hosea 10:15 Thus hath Beth-El done to you, Because of the evil of your wickedness, In the dawn cut off utterly is a king of Israel!