"Hear this, you priests and all of Israel's leaders! Listen, all you men of the royal family! These words of judgment are for you: You are doomed! For you have led the people into a snare by worshiping the idols at Mizpah and Tabor.
You have dug a deep pit to trap them at Acacia. a But never forget -- I will settle with all of you for what you have done.
I know what you are like, O Israel! You have left me as a prostitute leaves her husband; you are utterly defiled.
Your deeds won't let you return to your God. You are a prostitute through and through, and you cannot know the LORD.
"The arrogance of Israel b testifies against her; she will stumble under her load of guilt. Judah, too, will fall with her.
Then at last, they will come with their flocks and herds to offer sacrifices to the LORD. But it will be too late! They will not find him, because he has withdrawn from them, and they are now alone.
For they have betrayed the honor of the LORD, bearing children that aren't his. Now their false religion will devour them, along with their wealth.
"Blow the ram's horn in Gibeah! Sound the alarm in Ramah! Raise the battle cry in Beth-aven c ! Lead on into battle, O warriors of Benjamin!
One thing is certain, Israel d : When your day of punishment comes, you will become a heap of rubble.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)