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Hosea: Chapter 5

The scope of this chapter likewise, is to discover the sins of Israel and Judah, and to denounce the judgments of God against them, 1-15.

1 "Hear this, O priests, and listen, house of Israel, and give ear, O house of the king, for judgment is toward you, because you have been a snare on Mizpah, and a net spread upon Tabor.

2 And the revolters are profound to make slaughter, though I have been a rebuker of them all.

3 I know Ephraim, and Israel is not hid from me. For now, O Ephraim, you are guilty of lewdness, and Israel is defiled.

4 They will not frame their doings to turn to their God, for the spirit of lewdness is in the midst of them, and they have not known the LORD.

5 And 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 He has withdrawn himself from them.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 a month shall devour them with their portions.

8 Blow the cornet in Gibeah, and the trumpet in Ramah. Cry aloud at Beth-aven, after you, O Benjamin.

9 Ephraim shall be desolate in the day of rebuke. Among the tribes of Israel I have made known that which shall surely be.

10 The princes of Judah were like those who remove the bound; therefore, I will pour out my wrath upon them like water.

11 Ephraim is oppressed and broken in judgment, because he willingly walked after the commandment.

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

13 When Ephraim saw his sickness and Judah saw his wound, Ephraim went to the Assyrian, and sent to king Jareb. Yet he could not heal you, nor cure you of your wound.

14 For I will be to Ephraim as a lion, and as a young lion to the house of Judah. I, even I, will tear and go away. I will take away, and no one shall rescue him.

15 I will go and return to my place, until they acknowledge their offense, and seek my face. In their affliction they will seek me early."