What am I going to do with you, Ephraim? What am I going to do with you, Judah? Your loyalty is like the morning mist and like the early dew that vanishes.
This is why I have used the prophets to cut them down;a I have killed them with the words of My mouth. My judgment strikes like lightning.b6
For I desire loyalty and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.c7
But they, like Adam,d have violated the covenant; there they have betrayed Me.
Gilead is a city of evildoers, tracked with bloody footprints.
Like robbers who wait in ambush for someone, a band of priests murders on the road to Shechem. They commit atrocities.
I have seen something horrible in the house of Israel: Ephraim's promiscuity is there; Israel is defiled.
A harvest is also appointed for you, Judah. When Ie return My people from captivity,