Hosea 5 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 "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. 1 "Hear this, you priests! Pay attention, you Israelites! Listen, O royal house! This judgment is against you: You have been a snare at Mizpah, a net spread out on Tabor.
2 You have dug a deep pit to trap them at Acacia. But never forget -- I will settle with all of you for what you have done. 2 The rebels are deep in slaughter. I will discipline all of them.
3 I know what you are like, O Israel! You have left me as a prostitute leaves her husband; you are utterly defiled. 3 I know all about Ephraim; Israel is not hidden from me. Ephraim, you have now turned to prostitution; Israel is corrupt.
4 Your deeds won't let you return to your God. You are a prostitute through and through, and you cannot know the LORD. 4 "Their deeds do not permit them to return to their God. A spirit of prostitution is in their heart; they do not acknowledge the LORD.
5 "The arrogance of Israel testifies against her; she will stumble under her load of guilt. Judah, too, will fall with her. 5 Israel's arrogance testifies against them; the Israelites, even Ephraim, stumble in their sin; Judah also stumbles with them.
6 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 They will not find him, because he has withdrawn from them, and they are now alone. 6 When they go with their flocks and herds to seek the LORD, they will not find him; he has withdrawn himself from them.
7 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. 7 They are unfaithful to the LORD; they give birth to illegitimate children. Now their New Moon festivals will devour them and their fields.
8 "Blow the ram's horn in Gibeah! Sound the alarm in Ramah! Raise the battle cry in Beth-aven ! Lead on into battle, O warriors of Benjamin! 8 "Sound the trumpet in Gibeah, the horn in Ramah. Raise the battle cry in Beth Aven; lead on, O Benjamin.
9 One thing is certain, Israel : When your day of punishment comes, you will become a heap of rubble. 9 Ephraim will be laid waste on the day of reckoning. Among the tribes of Israel I proclaim what is certain.
10 "The leaders of Judah have become as bad as thieves. So I will pour my anger down on them like a waterfall. 10 Judah's leaders are like those who move boundary stones. I will pour out my wrath on them like a flood of water.
11 The people of Israel will be crushed and broken by my judgment because they are determined to worship idols. 11 Ephraim is oppressed, trampled in judgment, intent on pursuing idols.
12 I will destroy Israel as a moth consumes wool. I will sap Judah's strength as dry rot weakens wood. 12 I am like a moth to Ephraim, like rot to the people of Judah.
13 "When Israel and Judah saw how sick they were, Israel turned to Assyria, to the great king there, but he could neither help nor cure them. 13 "When Ephraim saw his sickness, and Judah his sores, then Ephraim turned to Assyria, and sent to the great king for help. But he is not able to cure you, not able to heal your sores.
14 I will tear at Israel and Judah as a lion rips apart its prey. I will carry them off, and there will be no one left to rescue them. 14 For I will be like a lion to Ephraim, like a great lion to Judah. I will tear them to pieces and go away; I will carry them off, with no one to rescue them.
15 Then I will return to my place until they admit their guilt and look to me for help. For as soon as trouble comes, they will search for me." 15 Then I will go back to my place until they admit their guilt. And they will seek my face; in their misery they will earnestly seek me."