The People's Apostasy Rebuked
1 Hear this, O priests!
Give heed, O house of Israel!
Listen, O house of the king!
For the judgment applies to you,
For you have been a snare R132 at Mizpah
And a net spread out on Tabor.
2 The revolters R133 have gone R134 F48 deep in depravity,
But I will chastise all of them.
3 I know R135 Ephraim, and Israel is not hidden from Me;
For now, O Ephraim, you have played the harlot,
Israel has defiled itself.
4 Their deeds will not allow them
To return to their God.
For a spirit R136 of harlotry is within them,
And they do R137 not know the LORD.
5 Moreover, the pride R138 of Israel testifies against him,
And Israel and Ephraim stumble in their iniquity;
Judah R139 also has stumbled with them.
6 They will go R140 with their flocks and herds
To seek the LORD, but they will not R141 find Him;
He has withdrawn R142 from them.
7 They have dealt R143 treacherously against the LORD,
For they have borne illegitimate R144 F49 children.
Now the new R145 moon will devour them with their land. F50
8 Blow R146 the horn in Gibeah, R147
The trumpet in Ramah.
Sound an alarm at Beth-aven:
"Behind R148 you, Benjamin!"
9 Ephraim will become a desolation R149 in the day R150 of rebuke;
Among the tribes of Israel I declare R151 what is sure.
10 The princes of Judah have become like those who move R152 a boundary;
On them I will pour R153 out My wrath like R154 water.
11 Ephraim is oppressed, R155 crushed in judgment,
Because R156 he was determined to follow F51 man's command.
12 Therefore I am like a moth R157 to Ephraim
And like rottenness to the house of Judah.
13 When Ephraim saw his sickness,
And Judah his wound, F52
Then Ephraim went to Assyria R158
And sent to King R159 F53 Jareb.
But he is unable R160 to heal you,
Or to cure you of your wound. F52
14 For I will be like R161 a lion to Ephraim
And like a young lion to the house of Judah.
I, R162 even I, will tear to pieces and go away,
I will carry away, and there will be none R163 to deliver.
15 I will go away and return to My place
Until they acknowledge R164 F54 their guilt and seek My face;
In their affliction they will earnestly seek R165 Me.
F48: Or waded deep in slaughter
F49: Lit strange
F50: Lit portions
F51: Or with some ancient versions, follow nothingness
F52: Or ulcer
F53: Or the avenging king or the great king
F52: Or ulcer
F54: Or bear their punishment
R132: Hosea 9:8
R133: Hosea 9:15
R134: Isaiah 29:15; Hosea 4:2; 6:9
R135: Amos 3:2; 5:12
R136: Hosea 4:12
R137: Hosea 4:6,14
R138: Hosea 7:10
R139: Ezekiel 23:31-35
R140: Hosea 8:13; Micah 6:6,7
R141: Proverbs 1:28; Isaiah 1:15; Jeremiah 14:12
R142: Ezekiel 8:6
R143: Isaiah 48:8; Jeremiah 3:20; Hosea 6:7
R144: Hosea 2:4
R145: Isaiah 1:14; Hosea 2:11
R146: Joel 2:1
R147: Hosea 9:9; 10:9
R148: Judges 5:14
R149: Isaiah 28:1-4; Hosea 9:11-17
R150: Isaiah 37:3
R151: Isaiah 46:10; Zechariah 1:6
R152: Deuteronomy 19:14; 27:17
R153: Ezekiel 7:8
R154: Psalms 32:6; 93:3,4
R155: Deuteronomy 28:33
R156: Micah 6:16
R157: Psalms 39:11; Isaiah 51:8
R158: Hosea 7:11; 8:9; 12:1
R159: Hosea 10:6
R160: Jeremiah 30:12-15
R161: Psalms 7:2; Hosea 13:7,8; Amos 3:4
R162: Psalms 50:22
R163: Micah 5:8
R164: Isaiah 64:7-9; Jeremiah 3:13,14
R165: Psalms 50:15; 78:34; Jeremiah 2:27; Hosea 3:5