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Hosea 5:1-9 (New International Version)

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Judgment Against Israel

1 "Hear this, you priests! Pay attention, you Israelites! Listen, O royal house! This judgment1 is against you: You have been a snare2 at Mizpah, a net3 spread out on Tabor. 2 The rebels are deep in slaughter.4 I will discipline all of them.5 3 I know all about Ephraim; Israel is not hidden6 from me. Ephraim, you have now turned to prostitution; Israel is corrupt.7 4 "Their deeds do not permit them to return8 to their God. A spirit of prostitution9 is in their heart; they do not acknowledge10 the LORD. 5 Israel's arrogance testifies11 against them; the Israelites, even Ephraim, stumble12 in their sin; Judah also stumbles with them.13 6 When they go with their flocks and herds to seek the LORD,14 they will not find him; he has withdrawn15 himself from them. 7 They are unfaithful16 to the LORD; they give birth to illegitimate17 children. Now their New Moon festivals18 will devour19 them and their fields. 8 "Sound the trumpet20 in Gibeah,21 the horn in Ramah.22 Raise the battle cry in Beth Avena;23 lead on, O Benjamin. 9 Ephraim will be laid waste24 on the day of reckoning.25 Among the tribes of Israel I proclaim what is certain.26
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