Chapter 5

The kingdoms of Judah and Israel will both fall because of their iniquities.

 Hear ye this, O priests; and hearken, ye house of Israel; and give ye ear, O house of the king; for judgment is toward you, because ye have been a snare on Mizpah, and a net spread upon Tabor.

 And the revolters are profound to make slaughter, though I have been a rebuker of them all.

 I know Ephraim, and Israel is not hid from me: for now, O Ephraim, thou committest awhoredom, and Israel is defiled.

 aThey will not frame their doings to turn unto their God: for the spirit of whoredoms is in the midst of them, and they have not known the Lord.

 And the pride of Israel doth testify to his face: therefore shall Israel and Ephraim fall in their iniquity; Judah also shall fall with them.

 They shall go with their flocks and with their herds to seek the Lord; but they shall not find him; he hath awithdrawn himself from them.

 They have dealt treacherously against the Lord: for they have begotten strange children: now shall a amonth devour them with their portions.

 Blow ye the acornet in Gibeah, and the trumpet in Ramah: cry aloud at Beth-aven, after thee, O Benjamin.

 Ephraim shall be desolate in the day of rebuke: among the tribes of Israel have I made known that which shall surely be.

 10 The princes of Judah were like them that remove the abound: therefore I will pour out my wrath upon them like water.

 11 Ephraim is oppressed and broken in judgment, because he willingly walked aafter the commandment.

 12 Therefore will I be unto Ephraim as a moth, and to the house of Judah as rottenness.

 13 When Ephraim saw his sickness, and Judah saw his awound, then went bEphraim to the Assyrian, and sent to king cJareb: yet could he not dheal you, nor cure you of your wound.

 14 For I will be unto Ephraim as a lion, and as a young lion to the house of Judah: I, even I, will tear and go away; I will take away, and none shall rescue him.

 15 ¶I will go and return to my place, till they aacknowledge their offence, and bseek my face: in their caffliction they will seek me early.