5 “Hear this, you priests!
Pay attention, you Israelites!
Listen, royal house!
This judgments is against you:
You have been a snaret at Mizpah,
a netu spread out on Tabor.
2 The rebels are knee-deep in slaughter.v
I will discipline all of them.w
Israel is not hiddenx from me.
Ephraim, you have now turned to prostitution;
Israel is corrupt.y
to returnz to their God.
A spirit of prostitutiona is in their heart;
they do not acknowledgeb the Lord.
5 Israel’s arrogance testifiesc against them;
the Israelites, even Ephraim, stumbled in their sin;
Judah also stumbles with them.e
to seek the Lord,f
they will not find him;
he has withdrawng himself from them.
7 They are unfaithfulh to the Lord;
they give birth to illegitimatei children.
When they celebrate their New Moon feasts,j
the horn in Ramah.n
lead on, Benjamin.
9 Ephraim will be laid wastep
on the day of reckoning.q
Among the tribes of Israel
I proclaim what is certain.r
who move boundary stones.s
I will pour out my wratht on them
like a flood of water.
trampled in judgment,
12 I am like a mothv to Ephraim,
like rotw to the people of Judah.
13 “When Ephraimx saw his sickness,
and Judah his sores,
then Ephraim turned to Assyria,y
and sent to the great king for help.z
But he is not able to curea you,
not able to heal your sores.b
14 For I will be like a lionc to Ephraim,
like a great lion to Judah.
I will tear them to piecesd and go away;
I will carry them off, with no one to rescue them.e
15 Then I will return to my lairf
until they have borne their guiltg
and seek my faceh—
in their miseryi
they will earnestly seek me.j”
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