Punishment Coming for Israel and Judah
1 # ch. 4:1; Joel 1:2; Amos 3:1; Mic. 1:2 Hear this, O priests!
Pay attention, O house of Israel!
Give ear, O house of the king!
For the judgment is for you;
for #[ch. 6:9; 9:8] you have been a snare at Mizpah
and a net spread upon #Judg. 4:6Tabor.
2And #[ch. 9:15] the revolters #[ch. 9:9; Isa. 29:15] have gone deep into slaughter,
but #[Ps. 50:21]I will discipline all of them.
3 # [Amos 3:2; 5:12] I know Ephraim,
and Israel is not hidden from me;
for now, O Ephraim, you have played the whore;
Israel is defiled.
4 # [Isa. 59:2] Their deeds do not permit them
to return to their God.
For #ch. 4:12the spirit of whoredom is within them,
and they know not the Lord.
5 # ch. 7:10 The pride of Israel testifies to his face;#5:5 Or in his presence
Israel and #See ch. 6:4Ephraim shall stumble in his guilt;
# See ch. 6:4 Judah also shall stumble with them.
6 # ch. 6:6; Isa. 1:11 With their flocks and herds they shall go
to seek the Lord,
# ch. 6:6; Isa. 1:11 but they will not find him;
# ch. 9:12 he has withdrawn from them.
7 # ch. 6:7 They have dealt faithlessly with the Lord;
for they have borne alien children.
Now the new moon shall devour them with their fields.
8 # ch. 8:1; Jer. 4:5 Blow the horn in #ch. 9:9; 10:9 Gibeah,
the trumpet in #Josh. 18:25 Ramah.
Sound the alarm at #See ch. 4:15Beth-aven;
we follow you,#5:8 Or after you O Benjamin!
9Ephraim shall become a desolation
in the day of punishment;
among the tribes of Israel
I make known what is sure.
10The princes of Judah have become
like #Deut. 19:14those who move the landmark;
upon them I will pour out
my wrath like water.
11Ephraim is #Deut. 28:33; Amos 4:1oppressed, crushed in judgment,
because he was determined to go after filth.#5:11 Or to follow human precepts
12But I am #[Job 13:28]like a moth to Ephraim,
and #[Job 13:28]like dry rot to the house of Judah.
13When Ephraim saw his sickness,
and Judah #[Isa. 1:5, 6] his wound,
then Ephraim went #ch. 7:11; 8:9; 12:1; 2 Kgs. 15:19 to Assyria,
and sent to the great king.#5:13 Or to King Jareb
# ch. 14:3 But he is not able to cure you
or heal #[Isa. 1:5, 6] your wound.
14For I will be #ch. 13:7 like a lion to #See ch. 6:4 Ephraim,
and like a young lion to the house of #See ch. 6:4 Judah.
# [Mic. 5:8] I, even I, will tear and go away;
I will carry off, and no one shall rescue.
15 # [Jer. 29:10-12; Ezek. 6:9]; See Lev. 26:40-42 I will return again to my place,
until they acknowledge their guilt and seek my face,
and #Isa. 26:16in their distress earnestly seek me.