Judgment on Israel and Judah
1Hear this, priests!
Pay attention, house of Israel!
Listen, house of the king!
The judgment concerns you because you have been a trap at Mizpah,
and a net spread out upon Tabor.
2In their wicked condition, they have sunk deep into corruption;
I will correct them through judgment.
3I know Ephraim; Israel doesn’t escape my eye;
for now Ephraim
you have acted like a prostitute;
Israel is defiled.
4Their deeds don’t allow them
to return to their God,
because the spirit of prostitution is within them,
and they don’t know the LORD.
5Israel’s pride is a witness against him;
both Israel and Ephraim stagger because of their guilt;
Judah staggers with them.
6With their sheep and their cattle they will go
to seek the LORD,
but they will not find him;
he has withdrawn from them.
7They have acted faithlessly against the LORD;
for their children have produced illegitimate children.
Now the new moon will devour them#Heb uncertain along with their fields.
8Blow a horn in Gibeah;
blow a trumpet in Ramah.
Sound the warning at Beth-aven:
"Look behind you, Benjamin!"
9Ephraim will become a horrible place
on the Judgment Day.
Against the tribes of Israel
I will certainly announce what is to take place.
10The princes of Judah act like raiders who steal the land;
I will pour out my anger like water upon them.
11Ephraim is under pressure from its enemies;
Ephraim’s rights aren’t protected.
This is because Ephraim chose to pursue worthless things.
12Therefore, I am like a moth to Ephraim,
and like decay to the house of Judah.
13When Ephraim saw his sickness,
and Judah his wound,
then Ephraim went to Assyria,
and Ephraim sent for the great king.
But he could not heal them;
nor could he cure their wound.
14I am like a lion to Ephraim,
like a young lion to the house of Judah.
I am the one who tears the prey and goes forth;
no one can snatch it from me.
15I will leave so that I can return to my place
until they pay for their deeds,
until they seek me.
In their distress,
they will beg for my favor: