Judgment for Betrayal
1Hear this, O priests! Pay attention, O house of Israel! Give ear, O house of the king! For the judgment applies to you: For you were a snare at Mizpah and a net spread on Tabor.
2Rebels were deep in slaughter, so I am a chastisement for them all.
3I myself have known Ephraim, and Israel is not hidden from Me. For now, Ephraim, you are a prostitute— Israel is defiled!
4They will not give up their evil deeds to return to their God. For a spirit of prostitution is in them, and Adonai they have not known.
5The Pride of Israel will answer to his face: Israel and Ephraim will stagger in their iniquity, Judah also will stumble with them.
6With their flocks and with their herds they will go to seek Adonai, but they will not find Him— He has withdrawn from them.
7They have betrayed Adonai, for they have begotten foreign children. Now the New Moon will devour them, with their portions.
8Blow a shofar in Gibeah, a trumpet in Ramah! Sound an alarm at Beth-aven: “Behind you, Benjamin!”
9Ephraim will become desolate in the day of rebuke. Among the tribes of Israel I made known what is certain.
10The princes of Judah were like those who move a boundary mark. I pour out My fury on them like water.
11Oppressed is Ephraim, crushed by judgment, for he willingly followed a worthless thing.
12So, I will be like a moth 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 envoys to a warring king. But he cannot heal you nor will he cure your wound.
14For I will be like a lion to Ephraim, and like a young lion to the house of Judah. I, even I, will tear and go away. I will carry off, and nobody will rescue.
15I will go and return to My place until they admit their guilt. Then they will seek My face. In their distress they will seek Me earnestly: