^1 Hear 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.
^2 And the revolters are profound to make slaughter, though I have been
a rebuker of them all.
^3 I know Ephraim, and Israel is not hid from me: for now, O Ephraim,
thou committest whoredom, and Israel is defiled.
^4 They 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
^5 And the pride of Israel doth testify to his face: therefore shall
Israel and Ephraim fall in their iniquity: Judah also shall fall with them.
^6 They 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LORD; but they shall not find him; he hath withdrawn himself from them.
^7 They have dealt treacherously against the LORD: for they have
begotten strange children: now shall a month devour them with their
^8 Blow ye the cornet in Gibeah, and the trumpet in Ramah: cry aloud at
Bethaven, after thee, O Benjamin.
^9 Ephraim shall be desolate in the day of rebuke: among the tribes of
Israel have I made known that which shall surely be.
^10 The princes of Judah were like them that remove the bound:
therefore I will pour out my wrath upon them like water.
^11 Ephraim is oppressed and broken in judgment, because he willingly
walked after the commandment.
^12 Therefore will I be unto Ephraim as a moth, and to the house of
Judah as rottenness.
^13 When Ephraim saw his sickness, and Judah saw his wound, then went
Ephraim to the Assyrian, and sent to king Jareb: yet could he not heal
you, nor cure you of your wound.
^14 For I will be unto Ephraim 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.
^15 I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their
offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early.