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But, in fact, Israel has rejected what is good.
    An enemy will pursue him.
They set up kings, but not with my approval.
    They installed officials, but I did not choose[a] them.
    From their silver and their gold they made idols for themselves,
    so they will be cut off.
I reject[b] your calf idol, Samaria!
    My anger burns against these people!
    How long will they be incapable of innocence?

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Footnotes

  1. Hosea 8:4 Literally know
  2. Hosea 8:5 The Hebrew text reads he rejects. Ancient versions read reject! Sudden shifts of person are not unusual in Hosea.

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