5 “Hear this, O priests!
Take heed, O house of Israel!
Give ear, O house of the king!
For 1yours is the judgment,
Because ayou have been a snare to Mizpah
And a net spread on Tabor.
2 The revolters are bdeeply involved in slaughter,
Though I rebuke them all.
3 cI know Ephraim,
And Israel is not hidden from Me;
For now, O Ephraim, dyou commit harlotry;
Israel is defiled.
4 “They 2do not direct their deeds
Toward turning to their God,
For ethe spirit of harlotry is in their midst,
And they do not know the Lord.
5 The fpride of Israel testifies to his face;
Therefore Israel and Ephraim stumble in their iniquity;
Judah also stumbles with them.
gThey shall go to seek the Lord,
But they will not find Him;
He has withdrawn Himself from them.
7 They have hdealt treacherously with the Lord,
For they have begotten 3pagan children.
Now a New Moon shall devour them and their heritage.
8 “Blow ithe ram’s horn in Gibeah,
The trumpet in Ramah!
‘Look behind you, O Benjamin!’
Among the tribes of Israel I make known what is sure.
10 “The princes of Judah are like those who lremove a landmark;
I will pour out my wrath on them like water.
11 Ephraim is moppressed and broken in judgment,
Because he willingly walked by nhuman precept.
And to the house of Judah olike rottenness.
And Judah saw his pwound,
Then Ephraim went qto Assyria
And sent to King Jareb;
Yet he cannot cure you,
Nor heal you of your wound.
14 For rI will be like a lion to Ephraim,
And like a young lion to the house of Judah.
sI, even I, will tear them and go away;
I will take them away, and no one shall rescue.
Till they 4acknowledge their offense.
Then they will seek My face;
In their affliction they will earnestly seek Me.”
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