Hosea 5 (Complete Jewish Bible)

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1 "Hear this, cohanim! Pay attention, house of Isra'el! Listen, house of the king! For judgment is coming to you. You have become a snare for Mitzpah and a net spread on Tavor. 2 The rebels have deepened their slaughter, and I am rejected by all of them. 3 "I know Efrayim; Isra'el is not hidden from me; for now, Efrayim, you are a whore; Isra'el is defiled." 4 Their deeds will not allow them to return to their God, for the spirit of whoring is in them, and they don't know ADONAI. 5 Isra'el's arrogance will testify in his face; Isra'el and Efrayim will stumble in their crimes; Y'hudah too will stumble with them. 6 With their flocks and herds they will go in search of ADONAI. But they won't find him; he has withdrawn from them. 7 They have betrayed ADONAI, by fathering foreign children. Now within the month the invaders will devour their lands. 8 "Blow the shofar in Giv'ah, a trumpet at Ramah; sound an alarm at Beit-Aven: 'Behind you, Binyamin!' 9 Efrayim will be laid waste when the day for punishment comes; I am announcing to the tribes of Isra'el what will surely happen. 10 The leaders of Y'hudah are like men who move boundary stones; I will pour my fury out upon them like water. 11 Efrayim is oppressed, crushed by the judgment, because he deliberately sought out futility. 12 Therefore I am like a moth to Efrayim and like rottenness to the house of Y'hudah. 13 When Efrayim saw his sickness and Y'hudah his wound, Efrayim went to Ashur and sent envoys to a warring king; but he can't heal you or cure your wound. 14 For to Efrayim I will be like a lion, and like a young lion to the house of Y'hudah - I will tear them up and go away; I will carry them off, and no one will rescue. 15 I will go and return to my place, till they admit their guilt and search for me, seeking me eagerly in their distress."
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