5 1Hear this, priests! Pay attention, house of Israel! Listen, royal house! For the judgment applies to you because you have been a snare at Mizpah and a net spread out on Tabor. 2Rebels are deeply involved in slaughter; I will be a punishment for all of them.[A] 3I know Ephraim, and Israel is not hidden from Me. For now, Ephraim, you have acted promiscuously; Israel is defiled. 4Their actions do not allow them to return to their God, for a spirit of promiscuity is among them, and they do not know the Lord. 5Israel’s arrogance testifies against them.[B] Both Israel and Ephraim stumble because of their wickedness; even Judah will stumble with them. 6They go with their flocks and herds to seek the Lord but do not find Him; He has withdrawn from them. 7They betrayed the Lord; indeed, they gave birth to illegitimate children. Now the New Moon will devour them along with their fields.   8Blow the horn in Gibeah, the trumpet in Ramah; raise the war cry in Beth-aven: After you, Benjamin! 9Ephraim will become a desolation on the day of punishment; I announce what is certain among the tribes of Israel. 10The princes of Judah are like those who move boundary markers; I will pour out My fury on them like water. 11Ephraim is oppressed, crushed in judgment, for he is determined to follow what is worthless.[C] 12So I am like rot to Ephraim and like decay to the house of Judah. 13When Ephraim saw his sickness and Judah his wound, Ephraim went to Assyria and sent a delegation to the great king.[D] But he cannot cure you or heal your wound. 14For I am like a lion to Ephraim and like a young lion to the house of Judah. Yes, I will tear them to pieces and depart. I will carry them off, and no one can rescue them. 15I will depart and return to My place until they recognize their guilt and seek My face; they will search for Me in their distress.
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