1Hear this, you priests, listen, House of Israel, pay attention, royal House, for it is you who have justice inyour care, but you have been a snare at Mizpah and a net outspread on Tabor. 2They have dug the ditch deep at Shittim and so I am going to punish them al . 3Ephraim have I known, Israel is not hidden from me; and yet, Ephraim, you have played the whore,Israel is befouled. 4Their deeds do not al ow them to return to their God, since an urge to play the whore possesses themand they no longer know Yahweh. 5Israel's arrogance is his accuser, the guilt of Israel and Ephraim is their undoing, Judah too wil beundone with them. 6Though they go in search of Yahweh with their sheep and cattle, they wil not find him; he haswithdrawn from them. 7They have betrayed Yahweh because they have fathered bastards; now the new moon wil devourthem and their fields. 8Sound the horn in Gibeah, the trumpet in Ramah, raise the war cry in Beth-Aven, 'We are behind you,Benjamin!' 9When the day of punishment comes, Ephraim wil be a wasteland; on the tribes of Israel I havepronounced certain doom. 10The rulers of Judah act like men who move the boundary stone; I shall pour my wrath out on them likea flood. 11Ephraim is oppressed, crushed by the sentence, for having deliberately fol owed a Lie. 12Because of this, I shall be like ringworm for Ephraim and like gangrene for the House of Judah. 13Once Ephraim realised that he was sick and Judah that he had an ulcer, Ephraim then went toAssyria, he sent messengers to the Great King; but he has no power to cure you or to heal you of your sore; 14for I shal be like a lion to Ephraim, like a young lion to the House of Judah; I myself shal rend them,then go my way, shal carry them off, beyond hope of rescue. 15I shal go back to my place until they confess their guilt and seek me, seek me eagerly in their distress.
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