Hosea 5
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God's Judgment on Israel and Judah

1Hear this, O priests!

Take heed, O house of Israel!

Give ear, O royal house!

For the judgment is against you

because you have been a snare at Mizpah

and a net spread out on Tabor.

2The rebels are deep in slaughter;

but I will chastise all of them.

3I know Ephraim,

and Israel is not hidden from Me.

For now, O Ephraim,

you have turned to prostitution;

Israel is defiled.

4Their deeds do not permit them

to return to their God,

for a spirit of prostitution is within them,

and they do not know the LORD.

5Israel’s arrogance testifies against them;

both Israel and Ephraim stumble in their iniquity;

even Judah stumbles with them.

6They go with their flocks and herds

to seek the LORD,

but they do not find Him;

He has withdrawn Himself from them.

7They have been unfaithful to the LORD;

for they have borne illegitimate children.

Now the New Moona will devour them

along with their land.

8Blow the horn in Gibeah,

the trumpet in Ramah;

raise the battle cry in Beth-avenb :

Lead on, O Benjamin!

9Ephraim will be laid waste

on the day of rebuke;

among the tribes of Israel

I declare what is certain.

10The princes of Judah

are like those who move boundary stones;

I will pour out My fury

upon them like water.

11Ephraim is oppressed, crushed in judgment,

for he is determined to follow what is worthless.c

12So I am like a moth to Ephraim,

and like decay to the house of Judah.

13When Ephraim saw his sickness

and Judah his wound,

then Ephraim turned to Assyria

and sent to the great king.d

But he cannot cure you

or heal your wound.

14For I am like a lion to Ephraim

and like a young lion to the house of Judah.

I, even I, will tear them to pieces

and go away.

I will carry them off

where no one can rescue them.

15Then I will return to My place

until they admit their guilt and seek My face;

in their affliction

they will earnestly seek Me.”

Footnotes:

7 a Or their New Moon feasts
8 b Beth-aven means house of wickedness. This is a derogatory term for Bethel, which means house of God
11 c Or to follow human precepts
13 d Or to King Jareb

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