ISRAEL is a vine full of branches that brings forth its fruit;
according to the multitude of his fruit he has increased the altars;
according to the goodness of his land they have built shrines.
Their heart is wavering;
and from now they shall be condemned;
he shall demolish their altars;
he shall plunder their shrines.
For from now they shall say, We have no king because we feared not the LORD;
what then can a king do for us?
They have spoken words belonging to false altars;
they have broken the covenant and paid the penalty;
they are like briers in a barren field.
The inhabitants of Samaria shall sojourn to the shrine of the calf of Beth-aon;
for they sat down mourning over it together with its priests;
they shall rejoice over it, and over its glory because it is departed from it.
Even the idol itself shall be also carried to Assyria for a present to the great king;
Ephraim shall receive shame, and Israel shall be ashamed of his own counsel.
Samaria has cast away her king like a chip on the face of the water.
The high places of the idol of Aon, the sin of Israel, shall be destroyed;
thorns and thistles shall grow up on their altars;
and they shall say to the mountains, Cover us;
and to the hills, Fall on us.
¶ O Israel, you have sinned from the days of Ramtha;
there they shall remain, and the battle in Ramtha against the children of iniquity shall not overtake them.
In my rebuke I will chastise them;
and the people shall be gathered against them when they shall be chastised for their two follies.
Ephraim is like a heifer that is trained, and loves to tread out the wheat;
but I bent her neck under the yoke;
I will make Ephraim to be ridden upon, I will cause Judah to tread wheat, and Jacob shall be plundered.
Sow for yourselves righteousness, and reap a harvest of mercy;
light a lamp for yourselves;
for it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and reveal his righteousness to you.
You have plowed sin and wickedness, you have reaped iniquity;
you have eaten the fruit of lies.
Because you have trusted in your ways, and in the multitude of your mighty men;
Therefore destruction shall come upon your people, and all your provinces shall be despoiled as plunder is divided when peace is concluded, even from Beth-el as far as the northern border;
in the day of the battle the mother was dashed in pieces upon her children.
So they did to you, O Beth-el, because of your great wickedness;
in a morning was the king of Israel confounded and ashamed.