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 1 Listen to this, you priests!

 Listen, house of Israel,

 and give ear, house of the king!

 For the judgment is against you;

 for you have been a snare at Mizpah,

 and a net spread on Tabor.


 2 The rebels are deeply involved in slaughter,

 but I will discipline all of them.


 3 I know Ephraim,

 and Israel is not hidden from me.

 For now, O Ephraim,

 you have committed prostitution.

 Israel has defiled itself.


 4 Their deeds will not allow them

 to return to their God;

 for the spirit of prostitution is inside them,

 and they do not know Yahweh.


 5 The pride of Israel testifies to his face;

 therefore Israel and Ephraim will stumble

 in their iniquity.

 Judah also will stumble with them.


 6 They will go with their flocks and with their herds

 to seek Yahweh,

 but they will not find him.

 He has withdrawn himself from them.


 7 They are unfaithful to Yahweh,

 for they have borne illegitimate children.

 Now the new moon will devour them

 with their fields.


Blow the shofar in Gibeah

 and the trumpet in Ramah!

 Sound a battle cry at Beth Aven!

 Behind you, Benjamin!


 9 Ephraim will become a desolation

 in the day of rebuke.

 Among the tribes of Israel,

 I have made known what will surely be.


 10 The officials of Judah are like those

 who remove a landmark.

 I will pour out my wrath on them like water.


 11 Ephraim is oppressed, he is crushed in judgment,

 because he is determined to pursue worthless idols.


 12 Therefore I am like a moth to Ephraim,

 and like rot to the house of Judah.


 13 When Ephraim saw his sickness

 and Judah his wound,

 then Ephraim went to Assyria,

 and sent to the great king;

 but he is not able to heal you,

 neither can he cure you of your wound.


 14 For I will be to Ephraim like a lion,

 and like a young lion to the house of Judah.

 I myself will tear them in pieces and go away.

 I will carry them off,

 and there will be no one to rescue them.


 15 I will depart and return to my place

 until they acknowledge their offense and seek my face.

 In their affliction they will seek me earnestly.”


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