8 To thy mouth with a horn! Like an eagle on the house of Yahweh,—Because they have violated my covenant, And against my law have they transgressed.
2 Unto me shall they make outcry, My God! we acknowledge thee—[we] Israel!
3 Israel hath cast away what is good,—An enemy shall pursue him.
4 They have appointed kings But not from me, Have made rulers But I have not acknowledged them: Of their silver and their gold they made themselves idols, To the end they might be cut off.
5 He hath cast away thy calf, O Samaria, Kindled is mine anger upon them,—How long shall they not endure to be innocent?
6 For of Israel is even that thing! A craftsman made it, And a No-god it is! For into fragments shall the Calf of Samaria be broken.
7 For to the wind they sow And to the whirlwind they reap: Stalk hath it none, That which shooteth forth shall yield no meal, If so be it yield foreigners swallow it up.
8 Swallowed up is Israel; Now have they gone among the nations, Like a vessel in which no man taketh delight.
9 For they have gone up to Assyria, A wild ass going alone for himself is Ephraim! They have hired lovers!
10 Even though they hire them among the nations At once will I gather them, when they have begun to be diminished by reason of the burden of the king of rulers.
11 Because Ephraim hath multiplied altars sinfully They have become to him the altars of Sin.
12 I have been wont to write for him the myriad things of my law,—Like something alien have they been accounted.
13 My sacrificial gifts have they been sacrificing as [common] flesh and have eaten, Yahweh hath not accepted them,—Now will he call to mind their iniquity, that he may punish their sin, They to Egypt will return.
14 And so Israel hath forgotten his Maker and hath built temples, And Judah hath multiplied fortified cities,—Therefore will I send a fire upon his cities, And it shall consume the palaces thereof.