Hosea 5



1 Hear ye this, O priests; and attend, O house of Israel; and, O house of the king, give· ye ·ear; for the judgment is toward you, for you have been a trap for Mizpah, and a net spread on Tabor.

2 And the devious are·​·deep into slaughter, and I have been a chastisement to them all.

3 I know Ephraim, and Israel is not concealed from Me; for now, O Ephraim, thou committest·​·harlotry, and Israel is defiled.

4 They will not allow their actions to return unto their God; for the spirit of harlotries is in the midst·​·of them, and they have not known Jehovah.

5 And the pride of Israel answers to his face; and Israel and Ephraim shall stumble in their iniquity; Judah also shall stumble with them.

6 They shall go with their flocks and with their herds to seek Jehovah; but they shall not find Him; He has set· Himself ·free from them.

7 They have acted·​·treacherously against Jehovah; for they have begotten strange sons: now shall a new·​·moon devour them with their portions.

8 Sound ye the shophar* in Gibeah, and the trumpet in Ramah; shout at Beth-aven, after thee, O Benjamin.

9 Ephraim shall be for a desolation in the day of reproving; among the tribes of Israel have I made known that which is constant.

10 The princes of Judah were as those who take·​·away the border marker; therefore I will spill My wrath on them like water.

11 Ephraim is oppressed, fractured in judgment, for he was·​·content to walk after the mandate.

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

13 And Ephraim saw his sickness, and Judah his wound*, and Ephraim went to the Assyrian, and sent to king Jareb; and he was· not ·able to heal for you, nor cure from you the wound*.

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

15 I will go, I will return to My place, until they hold· themselves ·as·​·guilty, and seek My face; in their distress they will seek· Me ·in·​·the·​·dawn.

Thanks to the Kempton Project for the permission to use this New Church translation of the Word.