1 Hear this, O priests; And listen, O house of Israel; And, O house of the king, give ear. For to you belongs the judgment, For you have been a snare at Mizpah And a net spread over Tabor.
2 And the revolters have gone deep into slaughtering, Though I am a chastisement to them all.
3 I know Ephraim, And Israel is not hidden from Me; For now, Ephraim, you have gone about as a harlot; Israel is defiled.
4 Their doings do not permit them To turn to their God; For a spirit of harlotries is within them, And they do not know Jehovah.
5 And the pride of Israel testifies to his face, And Ephraim and Israel will stumble in their iniquity; Judah also will stumble with them.
6 With their flocks and with their herds they will go To seek Jehovah, But they will not find Him; He has withdrawn Himself from them.
7 They have acted treacherously against Jehovah, For they have begotten strange children. Now the new moon will devour them With their apportionments.
8 Blow the horn in Gibeah, The trumpet in Ramah; Sound an alarm at Beth-aven: Behind you, O Benjamin!
9 Ephraim will be a desolation In the day of correction; Among the tribes of Israel I have made known what is sure.
10 The princes of Judah have become Like those who move a boundary mark. I will pour out upon them My overflowing wrath like water.
11 Ephraim is oppressed, Crushed by judgment, For he was determined to walk After man's command.
12 Therefore I am like a moth to Ephraim And like rottenness to the house of Judah.
13 When Ephraim saw his sickness, And Judah his wound, Ephraim went to Assyria And sent word to King Jareb; But he cannot heal you, And the wound will not depart from you.
14 For I will be like a lion to Ephraim And like a young lion to the house of Judah. I, I will tear them and go away; I will carry them off, and there will be no one to deliver them.
15 I will go away, I will return to My place, Until they acknowledge their offense And seek My face; In their affliction they will seek Me earnestly.