Hosea - Chapter 8 | Good News Translation

  • 1. The LORD says, "Sound the alarm! Enemies are swooping down on my land like eagles! My people have broken the covenant I made with them and have rebelled against my teaching.
  • 2. Even though they call me their God and claim that they are my people and that they know me,
  • 3. they have rejected what is good. Because of this their enemies will pursue them.
  • 4. "My people chose kings, but they did it on their own. They appointed leaders, but without my approval. They took their silver and gold and made idols---for their own destruction.
  • 5. I hate the gold bull worshiped by the people of the city of Samaria. I am furious with them. How long will it be before they give up their idolatry?
  • 6. An Israelite craftsman made the idol, and it is not a god at all! The gold bull worshiped in Samaria will be smashed to pieces!
  • 7. When they sow the wind, they will reap a storm! A field of grain that doesn't ripen can never produce any bread. But even if it did, foreigners would eat it up.
  • 8. Israel has become like any other nation and is as useless as a broken pot.
  • 9. Stubborn as wild donkeys, the people of Israel go their own way. They have gone off to seek help from Assyria and have paid other nations to protect them.
  • 10. But now I am going to gather them together and punish them. Soon they will writhe in pain when the emperor of Assyria oppresses them.
  • 11. "The more altars the people of Israel build for removing sin, the more places they have for sinning!
  • 12. I write down countless teachings for the people, but they reject them as strange and foreign.
  • 13. They offer sacrifices to me and eat the meat of the sacrifices. But I, the LORD, am not pleased with them, and now I will remember their sin and punish them for it; I will send them back to Egypt!
  • 14. "The people of Israel have built palaces, but they have forgotten their own Maker. The people of Judah have built fortified cities. But I will send fire that will burn down their palaces and their cities."