Israel and Judah Will Be Judged The LORD said: 5 1Listen, you priests! Pay attention, Israel![Z] Listen, you members of the royal family. Justice was your duty. But[A] at Mizpah and Mount Tabor you trapped the people. 2At the place of worship you were a treacherous pit,[B] and I will punish you. 3Israel, I know all about you, and because of your unfaithfulness, I find you unacceptable. 4Your evil deeds are the reason you won't return to me, your LORD God. And your constant craving for sex keeps you from knowing me. 5Israel, your pride testifies to your guilt; it makes you stumble, and Judah stumbles too. 6You offer sheep and cattle as sacrifices to me, but I have turned away and refuse to be found. 7You have been unfaithful to me, your LORD; you have had children by prostitutes.[C] So at the New Moon Festival, you and your crops will be destroyed.[D] The LORD Warns Israel and Judah 8Give a warning on the trumpet! Let it be heard in Gibeah, Ramah, and sinful Bethel.[E] Benjamin, watch out![F] 9I, the LORD, will punish and wipe out Israel. This is my solemn promise to every tribe of Israel. 10Judah's leaders are like crooks who move boundary markers; that's why I will flood them with my anger. 11Israel was brutally crushed. They got what they deserved for worshiping useless idols.[G] 12Now I, the LORD, will fill Israel with maggots and make Judah rot. 13When Israel and Judah saw their sickness and wounds, Israel asked help from Assyria and its mighty king.[H] But the king cannot cure them or heal their wounds. 14So I'll become a fierce lion attacking Israel and Judah. I'll snatch and carry off what I want, and no one can stop me. 15Then I'll return to my temple until they confess their guilt and worship me, until they are desperate and beg for my help.
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