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Hosea 5 (Lexham English Bible)

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The Priests Are a Snare

1 Hear this, [O] priests! Give heed, [O] house of Israel! Listen, [O] house of the king! Because the judgment [applies] to you; because you have been a snare for Mizpah, and a net spread out on Tabor; 2 they dug a deep pita [in] Shittim, but I [am] a punishment for all of them. 3 I myself know Ephraim, and Israel is not hidden from me; because now you have played the whore, [O] Ephraim-- Israel is defiled. 4 Their deeds do not permit them to return them to God. Because a spirit of whoredom [is] in their midst, they do not know Yahweh. 5 The pride of Israel testifies {against him},b and Israel and Ephraim stumble in their guilt, and Judah stumbles with them. 6 With their flocksc and herdsd they will go to seek Yahweh, but they will not find him; he has withdrawn from them. 7 They have dealt faithlessly with Yahweh because they have borne illegitimate children. Now [the] new moon will devour them with their fields. 8 Blow the {horn}e in Gibeah, [the] trumpet in Ramah. Sound the alarm [in] Beth-aven; [look] behind you, Benjamin. 9 Ephraim will be a desolation in the day of punishment; among the tribes of Israel I will reveal what is true. 10 The princes of Judah have become like those who remove a landmark; on them I will pour out my wrath like water. 11 Ephraim is oppressed, crushed [in] judgment, because he was determined to go after filth.f 12 But I [am] like a maggot to Ephraim and like rottenness to the house of Judah. 13 And [when] Ephraim saw his illness, and Judah his wound, Ephraim went to Assyria, he sent to the great king.g But he was unable to cure you and heal your wound. 14 Because I [will be] like a lion to Ephraim and like a fierce strong lion to the house of Judah. I myself will tear and I will go; I will carry off, and there is no one who delivers. 15 {I will return again}h to my place until they acknowledge [their] guilt and seek my face; in their distress they will searchi me.
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