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Jehovah’s Witnesses


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Hosea 10:1-15

10  “Israel is a degenerating* vine.+ Fruit he keeps putting forth for himself.+ In proportion to the abundance of his fruit he has multiplied [his] altars.+ In proportion to the goodness of his land, they put up good pillars.+  Their heart has become hypocritical;*+ now they will be found guilty. “There is one who will break their altars; he will despoil their pillars.+  For now they will say, ‘We have no king,+ for we have not feared Jehovah. And as regards the king, what will he do for us?’  “They speak words, making false oaths,+ concluding a covenant;+ and judgment has sprouted like a poisonous plant in the furrows of the open field.+  For the calf [idol] of Beth-a′ven+ the residents of Sa·mar′i·a will get frightened; for over it its people will certainly mourn, as well as its foreign-god priests* [who] used to be joyful over it, on account of its glory, because it will have gone into exile away from it.+  Even it someone will bring to As·syr′i·a itself as a gift to a great king.*+ Shame is what E′phra·im himself will get,+ and Israel will be ashamed of its counsel.+  Sa·mar′i·a [and] her king will certainly be silenced,+ like a snapped-off twig on the surface of waters.  And the high places of [Beth-]a′ven,+ the sin of Israel,+ will actually be annihilated. Thorns and thistles+ themselves will come up upon their altars.+ And people will in fact say to the mountains, ‘Cover us!’ and to the hills, ‘Fall over us!’+  “From the days of Gib′e·ah+ you have sinned,+ O Israel. There they stood still. In Gib′e·ah war against the sons of unrighteousness did not get to overtake them.+ 10  When it is my craving I shall also discipline them.+ And against them peoples will certainly be gathered when there is a harnessing of them to their two errors.+ 11  “And E′phra·im was a trained heifer loving to thresh;+ and I, for my part, passed over her good-looking neck. I make [someone] ride E′phra·im.+ Judah plows;+ Jacob harrows+ for him. 12  Sow seed for yourselves in righteousness;+ reap in accord with loving-kindness.+ Till for yourselves arable land,+ when there is time for searching for Jehovah until he comes+ and gives instruction in righteousness to YOU.+ 13  “YOU people have plowed wickedness.+ Unrighteousness is what YOU have reaped.+ YOU have eaten the fruitage of deception,+ for you have trusted in your way,+ in the multitude of your mighty ones.+ 14  And an uproar has risen among your people,+ and your own fortified cities will all be despoiled,+ as with the despoiling by Shal′man of the house of Ar′bel, in the day of battle [when] a mother herself was dashed to pieces alongside [her] own sons.+ 15  In this way one* will certainly do to YOU people, O Beth′el,* because of YOUR extreme badness.+ In the dawn the king of Israel will positively have to be silenced.”+


“Luxuriant; outspreading,” if derived from another Heb. verb of the same form.
Or, “smooth; slippery.”
“As well as its foreign-god priests.” Heb., khema·rav′, “Chemarim”; Vg, “temple keepers.”
Or, “King Jareb.” See 5:13 ftn.
Or, “he,” MVg; LXX, “I”; Sy, “they.”
“Bethel,” MSyVg; LXX, “house of Israel.”