|9||Revised Standard Version||Passage|
|17||My God will cast them off, |
because they have not hearkened to him;
they shall be wanderers among the nations.
|The prophet speaks about Israel. Hs.9.17-10:8|
|1||Israel is a luxuriant vine |
that yields its fruit.
The more his fruit increased
the more altars he built;
as his country improved
he improved his pillars.
|2||Their heart is false; |
now they must bear their guilt.
The LORD will break down their altars,
and destroy their pillars.
|3||For now they will say: |
"We have no king,
for we fear not the LORD,
and a king, what could he do for us?"
|4||They utter mere words; |
with empty oaths they make covenants;
so judgment springs up like poisonous weeds
in the furrows of the field.
|5||The inhabitants of Sama'ria tremble |
for the calf of Beth-a'ven.
Its people shall mourn for it,
and its idolatrous priests shall wail over it,
over its glory which has departed from it.
|6||Yea, the thing itself shall be carried to Assyria, |
as tribute to the great king.
E'phraim shall be put to shame,
and Israel shall be ashamed of his idol.
|7||Sama'ria's king shall perish, |
like a chip on the face of the waters.
|8||The high places of Aven, the sin of Israel, |
shall be destroyed.
Thorn and thistle shall grow up
on their altars;
and they shall say to the mountains, Cover us,
and to the hills, Fall upon us.