The more his fruit increases, the more he multiplies his altars;+
The better his land produces, the more splendid his sacred pillars.+
There is one who will break their altars and destroy their pillars.
And what could a king do for us?’
So the judgment that springs up is like poisonous weeds in the furrows of the field.+
Its people will mourn over it,
As will its foreign-god priests who rejoiced over it and its glory,
For it will go away from them into exile.
Eʹphra·im will be put to shame,
And Israel will be ashamed because of the advice it followed.+
Like a snapped-off twig on the surface of waters.
Thorns and thistles will grow on their altars.+
People will say to the mountains, ‘Cover us!’
And to the hills, ‘Fall over us!’+
There they have persisted.
War did not overtake* the sons of unrighteousness in Gibʹe·ah.
10 I will also discipline them when I please.
And peoples will be gathered against them,
When their two errors are harnessed on them.*
11 Eʹphra·im was a trained heifer that loved to thresh,
So I spared her fair neck.
Judah will plow; Jacob will harrow for him.
12 Sow seed for yourselves in righteousness and reap loyal love.
Plow for yourselves arable land+
While there is time to search for Jehovah,+
Until he comes and instructs you in righteousness.+
13 But you have plowed wickedness,
You have reaped unrighteousness,+
And you have eaten the fruitage of deception;
For you have trusted in your own way,
In the multitude of your warriors.
14 An uproar will rise against your people,
And your fortified cities will all be devastated,+
Like the devastation by Shalʹman of the house of Arʹbel,
In the day of battle when mothers were dashed to pieces alongside their children.