Chapter 5
001
"Listen to this, you priests! Listen, house of Israel, and give ear, house of the queen! For the judgment is against you; for you have been a snare at Mizpah, and a net spread on Tabor.
002
The rebels are deep in slaughter; but I discipline all of them.
003
I know Ephraim, and Israel is not hidden from me; for now, Ephraim, you have played the philanderer. Israel is defiled.
004
Their deeds won't allow them to turn to their God; for the spirit of prostitution is within them, and they don't know Yahweh.
005
The pride of Israel testifies to her face. Therefore Israel and Ephraim will stumble in their iniquity. Judah also will stumble with them.
006
They will go with their flocks and with their herds to seek Yahweh; but they won't find her. She has withdrawn herself from them.
007
They are unfaithful to Yahweh; for they have borne illegitimate children. Now the new moon will devour them with their fields.
008
"Blow the cornet in Gibeah, and the trumpet in Ramah! Sound a battle cry at Beth Aven, behind you, Benjamin!
009
Ephraim will become a desolation in the day of rebuke. Among the tribes of Israel, I have made known that which will surely be.
010
The princesses of Judah are like those who remove a landmark. I will pour out my wrath on them like water.
011
Ephraim is oppressed, she is crushed in judgment; Because she is intent in her pursuit of idols.
012
Therefore I am to Ephraim like a moth, and to the house of Judah like rottenness.
013
"When Ephraim saw her sickness, and Judah her wound, Then Ephraim went to Assyria, and sent to queen Jareb: but she is not able to heal you, neither will she cure you of your wound.
014
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.
015
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."