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Hosea 8 GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

The Lord Will Punish Israel for Its Rebellion

“Sound the alarm on the ram’s horn.
The enemy swoops down on the Lord’s temple like an eagle.
    The people of Israel have rejected my promise
        and rebelled against my teachings.
    They cry out to me, ‘We acknowledge you as our God.’
    However, they have rejected what is good.
        The enemy will persecute them.

“They chose their own kings, kings I didn’t approve.
They chose their own princes, princes I didn’t know.
They chose to make idols with their own silver and gold.
    Because of this, they will be destroyed.
Get rid of your calf-shaped idol, Samaria.
    My anger burns against these people.
        How long will they remain unclean?[a]
Samaria’s calf-shaped idol was made in Israel.
    Skilled workers made it.
        It is not a god.
        It will be smashed to pieces.

“The people of Israel plant the wind, but they harvest a storm.
    A field of grain that doesn’t ripen will never produce any grain.
    Even if it did produce grain, foreigners would eat it all.
        Israel will be swallowed up.
            It has already mixed in with the other nations.
                It has become worthless.

“The people of Israel went to Assyria.
    They were like wild donkeys wandering off alone.
The people of Ephraim sold themselves to their lovers.
10 Even though they sold themselves among the nations,
    I will gather them now.
They will suffer for a while under the burdens of kings and princes.

11 “The more altars that the people of Ephraim build
    to make offerings to pay for their sins,
        the more places they have for sinning.
12 I have written many things for them in my teachings,
    but they consider these things strange and foreign.
13 They offer sacrifices to me and eat the meat of sacrifices,
    but I, the Lord, do not accept these sacrifices.
        Now I will remember their wickedness
            and punish them because of their sins.
                They will go back to Egypt.
14 The people of Israel have built palaces,
    and they have forgotten their maker.
The people of Judah have built many fortified cities.
    I will send a fire on their cities and burn down their palaces.”


  1. Hosea 8:5 “Unclean” refers to anything that Moses’ Teachings say is not presentable to God.
GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

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Hosea 8 New International Version (NIV)

Israel to Reap the Whirlwind

“Put the trumpet to your lips!
    An eagle is over the house of the Lord
because the people have broken my covenant
    and rebelled against my law.
Israel cries out to me,
    ‘Our God, we acknowledge you!’
But Israel has rejected what is good;
    an enemy will pursue him.
They set up kings without my consent;
    they choose princes without my approval.
With their silver and gold
    they make idols for themselves
    to their own destruction.
Samaria, throw out your calf-idol!
    My anger burns against them.
How long will they be incapable of purity?
    They are from Israel!
This calf—a metalworker has made it;
    it is not God.
It will be broken in pieces,
    that calf of Samaria.

“They sow the wind
    and reap the whirlwind.
The stalk has no head;
    it will produce no flour.
Were it to yield grain,
    foreigners would swallow it up.
Israel is swallowed up;
    now she is among the nations
    like something no one wants.
For they have gone up to Assyria
    like a wild donkey wandering alone.
    Ephraim has sold herself to lovers.
10 Although they have sold themselves among the nations,
    I will now gather them together.
They will begin to waste away
    under the oppression of the mighty king.

11 “Though Ephraim built many altars for sin offerings,
    these have become altars for sinning.
12 I wrote for them the many things of my law,
    but they regarded them as something foreign.
13 Though they offer sacrifices as gifts to me,
    and though they eat the meat,
    the Lord is not pleased with them.
Now he will remember their wickedness
    and punish their sins:
    They will return to Egypt.
14 Israel has forgotten their Maker
    and built palaces;
    Judah has fortified many towns.
But I will send fire on their cities
    that will consume their fortresses.”

New International Version (NIV)

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