1 “Hear this, you priests.
Pay attention, you leaders of Israel.
Listen, you members of the royal family.
Judgment has been handed down against you.
For you have led the people into a snare
by worshiping the idols at Mizpah and Tabor.
2 You have dug a deep pit to trap them at Acacia Grove.*
But I will settle with you for what you have done.
You cannot hide yourself from me, O Israel.
You have left me as a prostitute leaves her husband;
you are utterly defiled.
You are a prostitute through and through,
and you do not know the Lord.
Israel and Ephraim will stumble under their load of guilt.
Judah, too, will fall with them.
to offer sacrifices to the Lord,
they will not find him,
because he has withdrawn from them.
bearing children that are not his.
Now their false religion will devour them
along with their wealth.*
Blow the trumpet in Ramah!
Raise the battle cry in Beth-aven* !
Lead on into battle, O warriors of Benjamin!
9 One thing is certain, Israel* :
On your day of punishment,
you will become a heap of rubble.
10 “The leaders of Judah have become like thieves.*
So I will pour my anger on them like a waterfall.
because they are determined to worship idols.*
I will make Judah as weak as rotten wood.
Israel turned to Assyria—
to the great king there—
but he could neither help nor cure them.
like a strong young lion to Judah.
I will tear them to pieces!
I will carry them off,
and no one will be left to rescue them.
until they admit their guilt and turn to me.
For as soon as trouble comes,
they will earnestly search for me.”
5:2 Hebrew at Shittim. The meaning of the Hebrew for this sentence is uncertain.
5:7 The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain.
5:8 Beth-aven means “house of wickedness”; it is being used as another name for Bethel, which means “house of God.”
5:10 Hebrew like those who move a boundary marker.
5:11 Or determined to follow human commands. The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain.