You Have Sinned, O Israel
Israel is a luxuriant vine;
He produces fruit for himself.
The more abundant his fruit,
The more altars he abounded;
The better his land,
The better he made the sacred pillars. 2
Their heart is faithless;
Now they must bear their guilt.
Yahweh will break down their altars
And destroy their sacred pillars.
Surely now they will say, “We have no king,
For we do not fear Yahweh.
As for the king, what can he do for us?” 4
They speak mere words;
With worthless oaths they cut covenants;
And judgment flourishes like gall in the furrows of the field. 5
The dweller of Samaria will fear
For the calf of Beth‑aven.
Indeed, its people will mourn for it,
And its idolatrous priests will cry out over it,
Over its glory, since it has gone into exile from them. 6
The thing itself will be carried to Assyria
As tribute to King Jareb;
Ephraim will receive shame,
And Israel will be ashamed of its own counsel. 7
Samaria will be ruined with her king
Like a stick on the surface of the water. 8
Also the high places of Aven, the sin of Israel, will be eradicated;
Thorn and thistle will grow on their altars;
Then they will say to the mountains,
“Cover us!” And to the hills, “Fall on us!” 9
From the days of Gibeah you have sinned, O Israel;
There they stand!
Will not the battle against the sons of injustice overtake them in Gibeah? 10
When it is My desire, I will chastise them;
And the peoples will be gathered against them
When they are bound for their double guilt.
The Trained Heifer11
And Ephraim is a trained heifer that loves to thresh,
But I will come over her fair neck with a yoke;
I will harness Ephraim;
Judah will plow; Jacob will harrow for himself. 12
Sow with a view to righteousness,
Reap in accordance with lovingkindness;
Break up your fallow ground,
Indeed, it is time to seek Yahweh
Until He comes and rains righteousness on you. 13
You have plowed wickedness; you have reaped injustice;
You have eaten the fruit of deception.
Because you have trusted in your way, in your abundant warriors, 14
Therefore a rumbling will arise among your people,
And all your fortifications will be destroyed,
As Shalman destroyed Beth‑arbel on the day of battle,
When mothers were dashed in pieces with their children. 15
Thus it will be done to you at Bethel because of your evil of evils.
At dawn the king of Israel will be completely ruined.