1Hear this, priests!#Hs 4:1
Pay attention, house of Israel!
Listen, royal house!
For the judgment applies to you
because you have been a snare at Mizpah#Hs 9:8
and a net spread out on Tabor.
2Rebels#Hs 9:15 are deeply involved in slaughter;#Hs 4:2; 6:9
I will be a punishment for all of them.#5:2 Hb obscure
3I know Ephraim,#Hs 6:4; 7:1; Am 3:2; 5:12
and Israel is not hidden from me.
For now, Ephraim,#Hs 6:10
you have acted promiscuously;
Israel is defiled.
4Their actions do not allow them
to return to their God,#Hs 4:11
for a spirit of promiscuity is among them,#Hs 4:12
and they do not know the Lord.#Hs 4:6,11,14
5Israel’s arrogance testifies against them.#5:5 Lit against his face#Hs 7:10
Both Israel and Ephraim stumble
because of their iniquity;#Hs 4:5
even Judah will stumble with them.#Ezk 23:31–35
6They go with their flocks and herds
to seek the Lord#Hs 8:13; Mc 6:6–7
but do not find him;#Is 1:15; Jr 14:12
he has withdrawn from them.#Ezk 8:6
7They betrayed the Lord;#Is 48:8; Hs 6:7
indeed, they gave birth to illegitimate children.#Hs 2:4
Now the New Moon#Hs 2:11 will devour them
along with their fields.#Is 1:14
8Blow the ram’s horn in Gibeah,#Hs 9:9; 10:9
the trumpet in Ramah;#Is 10:29; Jr 31:15
raise the war cry in Beth-aven:#Hs 4:15
Look behind you,#5:8 Or We will follow you Benjamin!#Jdg 5:14
9Ephraim will become a desolation#Is 28:1–4; Hs 9:11–17
on the day of punishment;#Is 37:3
I announce what is certain
among the tribes of Israel.#Is 46:10; Zch 1:6
10The princes of Judah are like those
who move boundary markers;#Dt 27:17
I will pour out my fury#Ezk 7:8 on them like water.#Ps 32:6; 93:3–4
11Ephraim is oppressed, crushed in judgment,#Hs 9:16
for he is determined to follow what is worthless.#5:11 Or follow a command; Hb obscure
12So I am like rot to Ephraim#Ps 39:11; Is 51:8
and like decay to the house of Judah.
13When Ephraim saw his sickness
and Judah his wound,
Ephraim went to Assyria#Hs 7:11; 8:9; 12:1
and sent a delegation to the great king.#5:13 Or to King Yareb#Hs 10:6
But he cannot cure you or heal your wound.#Hs 14:3
14For I am like a lion to Ephraim#Ps 7:2; Hs 13:7; Am 3:4
and like a young lion to the house of Judah.
Yes, I will tear them to pieces and depart.#Ps 50:22
I will carry them off,
and no one can rescue them.#Mc 5:8
15I will depart and return to my place
until they recognize their guilt and seek my face;#Is 64:7–9; Jr 3:13–14
they will search for me in their distress.#Ps 50:15; 78:34; Jr 2:27; Hs 3:5