The Punishment for Israel's Apostasy
1Hear ye this, O priests; and hearken, ye house of Israel; and give ye ear, O house of the king; for judgment is toward you, because ye have been a snare on Mizpah, and a net spread upon Tabor. 2And the revolters are profound to make slaughter, though I have been a rebuker of them all.
3I know E´phra-im, and Israel is not hid from me: for now, O E´phra-im, thou committest whoredom, and Israel is defiled. 4They will not frame their doings to turn unto their God: for the spirit of whoredoms is in the midst of them, and they have not known the Lord.
5And the pride of Israel doth testify to his face: therefore shall Israel and E´phra-im fall in their iniquity; Judah also shall fall with them. 6They shall go with their flocks and with their herds to seek the Lord; but they shall not find him; he hath withdrawn himself from them. 7They have dealt treacherously against the Lord; for they have begotten strange children: now shall a month devour them with their portions.
8Blow ye the cornet in Gib´e-ah, and the trumpet in Ramah: cry aloud at Beth–a´ven, after thee, O Benjamin. 9E´phra-im shall be desolate in the day of rebuke: among the tribes of Israel have I made known that which shall surely be. 10The princes of Judah were like them that remove the bound: therefore I will pour out my wrath upon them like water. 11E´phra-im is oppressed and broken in judgment, because he willingly walked after the commandment. 12Therefore will I be unto E´phra-im as a moth, and to the house of Judah as rottenness.
13When E´phra-im saw his sickness, and Judah saw his wound, then went E´phra-im to the Assyrian, and sent to king Jareb:#5.13 Or, to the king that should plead. yet could he not heal you, nor cure you of your wound. 14For I will be unto E´phra-im as a lion, and as a young lion to the house of Judah: I, even I, will tear and go away; I will take away, and none shall rescue him.
The Insincerity of Israel's Repentance
15I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offense, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early.