Israel Rejects the LORD The LORD said: 8 1Sound a warning! Israel, you broke our agreement and ignored my teaching. Now an eagle[U] is swooping down to attack my land. 2Israel, you say, “We claim you, the LORD, as our God.” 3But your enemies will chase you for rejecting our good agreement.[V]   4You chose kings and leaders without consulting me; you made silver and gold idols that led to your downfall. 5City of Samaria, I'm angry because of your idol in the shape of a calf. When will you ever be innocent again? 6Someone from Israel built that idol for you, but only I am God. And so it will be smashed to pieces.[W]   7If you scatter wind instead of wheat, you will harvest a whirlwind and have no wheat. Even if you harvest grain, enemies will steal it all.   8Israel, you are ruined, and now the nations consider you worthless. 9You are like a wild donkey that goes its own way. You've run off to Assyria and hired them as allies. 10You can bargain with nations, but I'll catch you anyway. Soon you will suffer abuse by kings and rulers.   11Israel, you have built many altars where you offer sacrifices for sin. But these altars have become places for sin. 12My instructions for sacrifices were written in detail, but you ignored them. 13You sacrifice your best animals and eat the sacrificial meals,[X] but I, the LORD, refuse your offerings. I will remember your sins and punish you. Then you will return to Egypt.[Y]   14Israel, I created you, but you forgot me. You and Judah built palaces and many strong cities.[Z] Now I will send fire to destroy your towns and fortresses.
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