Hosea 5

The People’s Apostasy Rebuked

1Hear this, O priests!
Give heed, O house of Israel!
Listen, O house of the king!
For the judgment applies to you,
For you have been a a  snare at Mizpah
And a net spread out on Tabor.
2The b  revolters have
Or waded deep in slaughter
,
d  gone deep in depravity,
But I will chastise all of them.
3I e  know Ephraim, and Israel is not hidden from Me;
For now, O Ephraim, you have played the harlot,
Israel has defiled itself.
4Their deeds will not allow them
To return to their God.
For a f  spirit of harlotry is within them,
And they g  do not know the  Lord.
5Moreover, the h  pride of Israel testifies against him,
And Israel and Ephraim stumble in their iniquity;
i  Judah also has stumbled with them.
6They will j  go with their flocks and herds
To seek the  Lord, but they will k  not find Him;
He has l  withdrawn from them.
7They have m  dealt treacherously against the  Lord,
For they have borne
Lit strange
,
o  illegitimate children.
Now the p  new moon will devour them with their
Lit portions
land.

8 r  Blow the horn in s  Gibeah,
The trumpet in Ramah.
Sound an alarm at Beth-aven:
t  Behind you, Benjamin!”
9Ephraim will become a u  desolation in the v  day of rebuke;
Among the tribes of Israel I w  declare what is sure.
10The princes of Judah have become like those who x  move a boundary;
On them I will y  pour out My wrath z  like water.
11Ephraim is aa  oppressed, crushed in judgment,
ab  Because he was determined to
Or with some ancient versions, follow nothingness
follow man’s command.
12Therefore I am like a ad  moth to Ephraim
And like rottenness to the house of Judah.
13When Ephraim saw his sickness,
And Judah his
Or ulcer
wound,
Then Ephraim went to af  Assyria
And sent to
Or the avenging king or the great king
,
ah  King Jareb.
But he is ai  unable to heal you,
Or to cure you of your
Or ulcer
wound.
14For I will be ak  like a lion to Ephraim
And like a young lion to the house of Judah.
al  I, even I, will tear to pieces and go away,
I will carry away, and there will be am  none to deliver.
15I will go away and return to My place
Until they
Or bear their punishment
,
ao  acknowledge their guilt and seek My face;
In their affliction they will earnestly ap  seek Me.

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