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Hosea 5

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 1 "Hear this, O priests! And listen, O house of Israel! And give you ear, O house of the king! For this judgment is against you, because you have been a snare at Mizpah and a net spread upon Tabor.

 2 The revolters are deep in slaughter, though I am a rebuke to them all.

 3 I know Ephraim, and Israel is not hidden from me; for now, O Ephraim, you have committed whoredom; and Israel is defiled.

 4 Their deeds do not permit them to return to their God, for the spirit of whoredoms is within them and they do not know the LORD.

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

 6 They shall go with their flocks and with their herds to seek the LORD, but they shall not find him; he has withdrawn himself from them.

 7 They have dealt treacherously against the LORD, for they have begotten strange children. Now they shall be devoured in one month, along with their land.

 8 Blow the horn in Gibeah and the trumpet in Ramah. Cry aloud at Bethaven: 'look behind you, O Benjamin.'

 9 Ephraim shall be a desolation in the day of rebuke. I have made known among the tribes of Israel that which shall surely happen.

 10 The princes of Judah are like those who remove boundary markers [showing the boundary between right and wrong]. Therefore I will pour out my wrath upon them like water.

 11 Ephraim is oppressed and broken by judgment, because he willingly walked after the commandments of men.

 12 Therefore I will be like a moth to Ephraim and like rottenness to the house of Judah.

 13 When Ephraim saw his sickness and Judah saw his wound, then Ephraim went to the Assyrian and sent to king Jareb for help. Yet he could not heal you nor 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, even I, will tear and continue tearing; I will carry them away and no one shall rescue them.

 15 I will return to my place until they acknowledge their offence and seek my face; in their affliction they will earnestly seek me early."


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