Punishment Coming for Israel and Judah

Hosea 5

1 "Hear this, O priests!
Take heed, O house of Israel!
Give ear, O house of the king!
For 1 yours is the judgment,
Because a you have been a snare to Mizpah
And a net spread on Tabor.
2 The revolters are b deeply involved in slaughter,
Though I rebuke them all.

3 c I know Ephraim,
And Israel is not hidden from Me;
For now, O Ephraim, d you commit harlotry;
Israel is defiled.
4 "They 2 do not direct their deeds
Toward turning to their God,
For e the spirit of harlotry is in their midst,
And they do not know the LORD.

5 The f pride of Israel testifies to his face;
Therefore Israel and Ephraim stumble in their iniquity;
Judah also stumbles with them.
6 "With their flocks and herds
g They shall go to seek the LORD,
But they will not find Him;
He has withdrawn Himself from them.
7 They have h dealt treacherously with the LORD,
For they have begotten 3 pagan children.
Now a New Moon shall devour them and their heritage.

8 "Blow i the ram's horn in Gibeah,
The trumpet in Ramah!
j Cry aloud at k Beth Aven,
' Look behind you, O Benjamin!'
9 Ephraim shall be desolate in the day of rebuke;
Among the tribes of Israel I make known what is sure.
10 "The princes of Judah are like those who l remove a landmark;
I will pour out My wrath on them like water.
11 Ephraim is m oppressed and broken in judgment,
Because he willingly walked by n human precept.
12 Therefore I will be to Ephraim like a moth,
And to the house of Judah o like rottenness.

13 "When Ephraim saw his sickness,
And Judah saw his p wound,
Then Ephraim went q to Assyria
And sent to King Jareb;
Yet he cannot cure you,
Nor heal you of your wound.
14 For r I will be like a lion to Ephraim,
And like a young lion to the house of Judah.
s I, even I, will tear them and go away;
I will take them away, and no one shall rescue.

15 I will return again to My place
Till they 4 acknowledge their offense.
Then they will seek My face;
In their affliction they will earnestly seek Me."

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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