Punishment Coming for Israel and Judah1 aHear this, O priests!
Pay attention, O house of Israel!
Give ear, O house of the king!
For the judgment is for you;
for byou have been a snare at Mizpah
and a net spread upon cTabor.
2And dthe revolters ehave gone deep into slaughter,
but fI will discipline all of them.
3 gI know Ephraim,
and Israel is not hidden from me;
for now, O Ephraim, you have played the whore;
Israel is defiled.
4 hTheir deeds do not permit them
to return to their God.
For ithe spirit of whoredom is within them,
and they know not the Lord.
5 jThe pride of Israel testifies to his face; ▼
▼Or in his presence
Israel and lEphraim shall stumble in his guilt;
mJudah also shall stumble with them.
6 nWith their flocks and herds they shall go
to seek the Lord,
obut they will not find him;
phe has withdrawn from them.
7 qThey have dealt faithlessly with the Lord;
for they have borne alien children.
Now the new moon shall devour them with their fields.
8 rBlow the horn in sGibeah,
the trumpet in tRamah.
Sound the alarm at uBeth-aven;
we follow you, ▼
▼Or after youO Benjamin!
9Ephraim shall become a desolation
in the day of punishment;
among the tribes of Israel
I make known what is sure.
10The princes of Judah have become
like wthose who move the landmark;
upon them I will pour out
my wrath like water.
11Ephraim is xoppressed, crushed in judgment,
because he was determined to go after filth. ▼
▼Or to follow human precepts
12But I am zlike a moth to Ephraim,
and aalike dry rot to the house of Judah.
13 When Ephraim saw his sickness,
and Judah abhis wound,
then Ephraim went acto Assyria,
and sent to the great king. ▼
▼Or to King Jareb
aeBut he is not able to cure you
or heal afyour wound.
14For I will be aglike a lion to ahEphraim,
and like a young lion to the house of aiJudah.
ajI, even I, will tear and go away;
I will carry off, and no one shall rescue.
15 akI will return again to my place,
until they acknowledge their guilt and seek my face,
and alin their distress earnestly seek me.
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