¶ Set the horn to thy mouth, and blow: get thee swiftly (as an Aegle) into the house of the LORD: for they have broken my covenant, and transgressed my law. Israel can say unto me: thou art my God, we know thee: but he hath refused the thing that is good, therefore shall the enemy follow upon him. They have ordained kings, but not thorow me: they have made princes, and I must not know of it. Of their silver and gold have they made them images, to bring them selves to destruction. Thy calf, O Samaria, shall be taken away, for my wrothfull indignation is gone forth against thee. How long will it be, or they can be cleansed? For the calf came from Israel, the workman made it therefore can it be no God, but even to a spiders web shall the calf of Samaria be turned. They have sown wind, therefore shall they reap a storm. Their seed shall bear no corn, there shall no meal be made of their increase: though they reap, yet shall strangers devour it up.
¶ Israel shall perish, the Gentiles shall entreat him as a foul vessel. Since they went up to the Assyrians, they are become like a wild ass in the desert. Ephraim giveth rewards to get lovers. Therefore are they scattered among the Heathen; There will I gather them up. They shall soon be weary of the burthen of king and princes. Ephraim hath made many altars to do wickedness, therefore shall the altars turn to his sin. Though I shew them my law never so much, they count it but strange doctrine. Where as they do sacrifice, offering the flesh and eating it: The LORD will have no pleasure therein: but will remember their wickedness, and punish their sins. Israel turneth again into Egypt, they have forgotten him that made them, they build churches, and Iuda maketh many strong cities: therefore will I send a fire into their cities, and it shall consume their places.