1 "Listen to this, you priests!Listen, house of Israel,and give ear, house of the king!For the judgment is against you;for you have been a snare at Mizpah,and a net spread on Tabor.

2 The rebels are deep in slaughter;but I discipline all of them.

3 I know Ephraim,and Israel is not hidden from me;for now, Ephraim, you have played the prostitute.Israel is defiled.

4 Their deeds won't allow them to turn to their God;for the spirit of prostitution is within them,and they do not know the Lord.

5 The pride of Israel testifies to his face.Therefore Israel and Ephraim will stumble in their iniquity.Judah also will stumble with them.

6 They will go with their flocks and with their herds to seek the Lord;but they won't find him.He has withdrawn himself from them.

7 They are unfaithful to the Lord;for they have borne illegitimate children.Now the new moon will devour them with their fields.

8 "Blow the cornet in Gibeah,and the trumpet in Ramah!Sound a battle cry at Beth Aven, behind you, Benjamin!

9 Ephraim will become a desolation in the day of rebuke.Among the tribes of Israel, I have made known that which will surely be.

10 The princes of Judah are like those who remove a landmark.I will pour out my wrath on them like water.

11 Ephraim is oppressed,he is crushed in judgment;Because he is intent in his pursuit of idols.

12 Therefore I am to Ephraim like a moth,and to the house of Judah like rottenness.

13 "When Ephraim saw his sickness,and Judah his wound,Then Ephraim went to Assyria,and sent to king Jareb:but he is not able to heal you,neither will he cure you of your wound.

14 For I will be to Ephraim like a lion,and like a young lion to the house of Judah.I myself will tear in pieces and go away.I will carry off, and there will be no one to deliver.

15 I will go and return to my place,until they acknowledge their offense,and seek my face.In their affliction they will seek me earnestly."