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Hosea Chapter 5 - New American Standard Bible

1. HEAR this, O priests! Give heed, O house of Israel! Listen, O house of the king! For the judgment applies to you, For you have been a snare at Mizpah And a net spread out on Tabor.

2. The revolters have [1] gone deep in depravity, But I will chastise all of them.

3. I know Ephraim, and Israel is not hidden from Me; For now, O Ephraim, you have played the harlot, Israel has defiled itself.

4. Their deeds will not allow them To return to their God. For a spirit of harlotry is within them, And they do not know the LORD.

5. Moreover, the pride of Israel testifies against him, And Israel and Ephraim stumble in their iniquity; Judah also has stumbled with them.

6. They will go with their flocks and herds To seek the LORD, but they will not find Him; He has withdrawn from them.

7. They have dealt treacherously against the LORD, For they have borne [3] illegitimate children. Now the new moon will devour them with their [2] land.

8. Blow the horn in Gibeah, The trumpet in Ramah. Sound an alarm at Beth-aven: Behind you, Benjamin!

9. Ephraim will become a desolation in the day of rebuke; Among the tribes of Israel I declare what is sure.

10. The princes of Judah have become like those who move a boundary; On them I will pour out My wrath like water.

11. Ephraim is oppressed, crushed in judgment, Because he was determined to [4] follow 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 [7] wound, Then Ephraim went to Assyria And sent to [6] King Jareb. But he is unable to heal you, Or to cure you of your [5] wound.

14. For I will be like a lion to Ephraim And like a young lion to the house of Judah. I, even I, will tear to pieces and go away, I will carry away, and there will be none to deliver.

15. I will go away and return to My place Until they [8] acknowledge their guilt and seek My face; In their affliction they will earnestly seek Me.

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  • 1: Or waded deep in slaughter
  • 2: Lit strange
  • 3: Lit portions
  • 4: Or with some ancient versions, follow nothingness
  • 5: Or ulcer
  • 6: Or the avenging king or the great king
  • 7: Or bear their punishment
  • 8: Lit struck

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