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World English Bible (British English), Hosea 5

1    “Listen to this, you priests! Listen, house of Israel, and give ear, house of the king! For the judgement is against you; for you have been a snare at Mizpah, and a net spread on Tabor.

2    The rebels are deep in slaughter; but I discipline all of them.

3    I know Ephraim, and Israel is not hidden from me; for now, Ephraim, you have played the prostitute. Israel is defiled.

4    Their deeds won’t allow them to turn to their God; for the spirit of prostitution is within them, and they don’t know the LORD.

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 the LORD; but they won’t find him. He has withdrawn himself from them.

7    They are unfaithful to the LORD; for they have borne illegitimate children. Now the new moon will devour them with their fields.

8    “Blow the cornet 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 that which will surely be.

10   The princes 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 judgement; Because he is intent in his pursuit of idols.

12   Therefore I am to Ephraim like a moth, and to the house of Judah like rottenness.

13   “When Ephraim saw his sickness, and Judah his wound, Then Ephraim went to Assyria, and sent to king Jareb: but he is not able to heal you, neither will 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 in pieces and go away. I will carry off, and there will be no one to deliver.

15   I will go and return to my place, until they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face. In their affliction they will seek me earnestly.”


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Assyria country of Assur or Ashur Aven iniquity; force; riches; sorrow
Ephraim fruitful; increasing Gibeah a hill
Israel who prevails with God Jareb a revenger
Judah the praise of the Lord; confession Mizpah "Mizpeh, a watch-tower; speculation"
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