Chapter 5

1 Hear these things, ye priests; and attend, O house of Israel; and hearken, O house of the king; for the 1controversy is with you, because ye have been a snare in 2Scopia, and as a net spread on Itabyrium, 2 which they that hunt the prey have fixed: but I 3will correct you. 3 I know Ephraim, and Israel 4is not far from me: for now Ephraim has gone grievously a-whoring, Israel is defiled. 4 They have not framed their counsels to return to their God, for the spirit of fornication is in them, and they have not known the Lord.

5 And the pride of Israel shall be brought low before his face; and Israel and Ephraim


shall 5fall in their iniquities; and Judas also shall 6fall with them. 6 They shall go with sheep and calves diligently to seek the Lord; but they shall not find him, for he has withdrawn himself from them. 7 For they have forsaken the Lord; for strange children have been born to them: now shall the cankerworm devour them and their heritages.

8 Blow ye the trumpet on the hills, sound aloud on the heights: proclaim in the house of On, Benjamin is amazed. 9 Ephraim has come to 7nought in the days of reproof: in the tribes of Israel I have shown faithful dealings. 10 The princes of Juda became as they that removed the bounds: I will pour out upon them my fury as water.

11 Ephraim altogether prevailed against his adversary, he trod judgment under foot, for he began to go after vanities. 12 Therefore I will be as consternation to Ephraim, and as a goad to the house of Juda. 13 And Ephraim saw his disease, and Judas his pain; then Ephraim went to the Assyrians, and sent ambassadors to king Jarim: but he could not heal you, and your pain shall in nowise cease from you. 14 Wherefore I am as a panther to Ephraim, and as a lion to the house of Juda: and I will tear, and go away; and I will take, and there shall be none to deliver.

15 I will go and return to my place, until they are brought to nought, and then shall they seek my face.

Chapter 6

1 In their affliction they will seek me early, saying, Let us go, and return to the Lord our God; for he has torn, and will heal us; 2 he will smite, and bind us up. 3 After two days he will heal us: in the third day we shall arise, and live before him, and shall know him: 4 let us follow on to know the Lord: we shall find him ready as the morning, and he will come to us as the early and latter rain to the earth.

5 What shall I do unto thee, Ephraim? What shall I do to thee, Juda? whereas your 8mercy is as a morning cloud, and as the early dew that goes away. 6 Therefore have I mown down your prophets; I have slain them with the word of my mouth: and my judgment shall go forth as the light.

7 9For I will have mercy rather than sacrifice, and the knowledge of God rather than whole-burnt-offerings. 8 But they are as a man transgressing a covenant: 9 there the city Galaad despised me, working vanity, troubling water. 10 And thy strength is that of a robber: the priests have hid the way, they have murdered the people of Sicima; for they have wrought iniquity in the house of Israel. 11 I have seen horrible things there, even the fornication of Ephraim: Israel and Juda are defiled; 12 begin together grapes for thyself, when I turn the captivity of my people.

1 Or, judgment is toward you.

2 Or, the watchtower.

3 Gr. will be your corrector.

4 Lit. has not departed. Alex. ἄπεστιν.

5 Gr. be weak.

6 Gr. be weak.

7 Gr. vanishing.

8 Comp. Heb. and Dan. 9. 16.

9 Mat. 9. 13.


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