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Jehovah’s Witnesses


Online Bible


Hosea 8:1-14


  • Reaping the consequences of idolatry (1-14)

    • Sowing wind, reaping a storm (7)

    • Israel has forgotten his Maker (14)

8  “Put a horn to your mouth!+ One comes like an eagle against the house of Jehovah,+ For they have violated my covenant+ and transgressed against my law.+   To me they cry out, ‘My God, we, Israel, know you!’+   Israel has rejected what is good.+ Let an enemy pursue him.   They have appointed kings, but not through me. They have appointed princes, but I did not recognize them. With their silver and their gold they have made idols,+ To their own destruction.+   Your calf has been rejected, O Sa·marʹi·a.+ My anger flares up against them.+ How long will they be incapable of innocence?*   For this is from Israel. A craftsman made it, and it is not God; The calf of Sa·marʹi·a will be reduced to splinters.   For it is wind that they are sowing, And they will reap a storm wind.+ No stalk produces ripe* grain;+ Whatever sprouts produces no flour. If any is produced, foreigners* will swallow it down.+   Israel will be swallowed down.+ Now they will be among the nations,+ Like an unwanted vessel.   For they have gone up to As·syrʹi·a,+ like a lone wild donkey. Eʹphra·im has hired lovers.+ 10  Although they hire them from among the nations, I will now round them up; They will begin to suffer+ because of the burden imposed by king and princes. 11  For Eʹphra·im has multiplied altars to sin.+ They became his altars for sinning.+ 12  I wrote for him the many things of my law,* But they were regarded as something strange.+ 13  They offer sacrificial gifts to me, and they eat the meat, But Jehovah takes no pleasure in them.+ Now he will remember their error and punish them for their sins.+ They have turned back* to Egypt.+ 14  Israel has forgotten his Maker+ and has built temples,+ And Judah has multiplied fortified cities.+ But I will send fire into his cities, And it will consume the towers of each one.”+


Or “purity?”
Or “standing.”
Or “strangers.”
Or “instruction.”
Or possibly, “They will return.”