Oséias 5

1 "Hear this, you priests! ¶ Pay attention, you Israelites! ¶ Listen, royal house! ¶ This judgment is against you: ¶ You have been a snare at Mizpah, ¶ a net spread out on Tabor.

2 The rebels are knee-deep in slaughter. I will discipline all of them.

3 I know all about Ephraim; Israel is not hidden from me. ¶ Ephraim, you have now turned to prostitution; ¶ Israel is corrupt.

4 "Their deeds do not permit them ¶ to return to their God. ¶ A spirit of prostitution is in their heart; ¶ they do not acknowledge the LORD.

5 Israel's arrogance testifies against them; the Israelites, even Ephraim, stumble in their sin; ¶ Judah also stumbles with them.

6 When they go with their flocks and herds to seek the LORD, ¶ they will not find him; ¶ he has withdrawn himself from them.

7 They are unfaithful to the LORD; they give birth to illegitimate children. ¶ When they celebrate their New Moon feasts, ¶ he will devour [^1] their fields.

8 "Sound the trumpet in Gibeah, ¶ the horn in Ramah. ¶ Raise the battle cry in Beth Aven [^2] ; ¶ lead on, Benjamin.

9 Ephraim will be laid waste on the day of reckoning. ¶ Among the tribes of Israel ¶ I proclaim what is certain.

10 Judah's leaders are like those who move boundary stones. ¶ I will pour out my wrath on them ¶ like a flood of water.

11 Ephraim is oppressed, trampled in judgment, ¶ intent on pursuing idols. [^3]

12 I am like a moth to Ephraim, like rot to the people of Judah.

13 "When Ephraim saw his sickness, ¶ and Judah his sores, ¶ then Ephraim turned to Assyria, ¶ and sent to the great king for help. ¶ But he is not able to cure you, ¶ not able to heal your sores.

14 For I will be like a lion to Ephraim, like a great lion to Judah. ¶ I will tear them to pieces and go away; ¶ I will carry them off, with no one to rescue them.

15 Then I will return to my lair until they have borne their guilt ¶ and seek my face — ¶ in their misery ¶ they will earnestly seek me."

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