5 1Hear this, O ye priests, and hearken, O house of Israel, and give ear, O
house of the king; for unto you pertaineth the judgment; for ye have been a
snare at Mizpah, and a net spread upon Tabor.
2And the revolters are gone
deep in making slaughter; but I am a rebuker of them all.
Ephraim, and Israel is not hid from me; for now, O Ephraim, thou hast played
the harlot, Israel is defiled.
4Their doings will not suffer them to turn
unto their God; for the spirit of whoredom is within them, and they know not
5And the pride of Israel doth testify to his face: therefore
Israel and Ephraim shall stumble in their iniquity; Judah also shall stumble
6They shall go with their flocks and with their herds to seek
Jehovah; but they shall not find him: he hath withdrawn himself from them.
7They have dealt treacherously against Jehovah; for they have borne
strange children: now shall the new moon devour them with their fields.
8Blow ye the cornet in Gibeah, and the trumpet in Ramah: sound an alarm
at Beth-aven; behind thee, O Benjamin.
9Ephraim shall become a desolation
in the day of rebuke: among the tribes of Israel have I made known that which
shall surely be.
10The princes of Judah are like them that remove the
landmark: I will pour out my wrath upon them like water.
oppressed, he is crushed in judgment; because he was content to walk after
12Therefore am I unto Ephraim as a moth, and to
the house of Judah as rottenness.
13When Ephraim saw his sickness, and
Judah saw his wound, then went Ephraim to Assyria, and sent to king
Jareb: but he is not able to heal you, neither will he cure you of your
14For I will be unto Ephraim as a lion, and as a young lion to the
house of Judah: I, even I, will tear and go away; I will carry off, and there
shall be none to deliver.
15I will go and return to my place, till they
acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will
seek me earnestly.