Hear this, oh priests!
Give heed, oh House of Israel!
Hearken, oh House of the King!
for the judgment pertains to you
For you have been a snare at Mizpah
and a net spread upon Tabor
and they have made deep the pit of Shittim;
but I will chastise all of them.
I know Ephraim,
and Israel is not hid from me;
for now, oh Epraim, you have played the harlot;
Israel is defiled.
Their deeds do not permit them
to return to their God;
for the spirit of harlotry is within them
and they know not the Lord.
The pride of Israel testifies to his face;
Ephraim shall stumble in his guilt;
Judah also shall stumble with them.
With their flocks and their herds they shall go
to seek the Lord,
but they will not find Him;
He has withdrawn from them.
The have dealt faithlessly with the Lord;
for they have borne alien children.
Now the new moon shall devour
them with their fields.
Blow the horn in Gibeah,
the trumpet in Ramah.
Sound the alarm at Betel;
tremble, oh Benjamin!
Ephraim shall become a desolation
in the day of punishment/
Among the tribes of Israel
I declare what is sure.
The princes of Judah have become
like those who remove the landmark;
upon them I will pour out my wrath like water.
Ephraim is oppressed, crushed in judgement,
because he was determined to go after vanity.
Therefore I am lik a moth to Ephraim
and like dry rot to the house of Judah.
When Ephraim saw his sickness
and Judah his wound,
then Epharim went to Assyria
and sent to the Great King.
But he is not able to cure you
or heal your wound.
For I will be like a lion to Ephraim,
and like a young lion to the house of Judah.
I, even I, will rend and go away;
I will carry off, and none shall rescue.
I will return again to my place,
until they acknowledge their guilt
and seek my face,
and in their distress seek Me,
saying, “Come, let us return to the Lord!”