5:1¤ Hear ye this, O priests, and hearken, O ye house of Israel, and give ear, O house of the king: for there is a judgment against you, because you have been a snare to them whom you should have watched over and a net spread upon Thabor.
5:2And you have turned aside victims into the depth and I am the teacher of them all.
5:3I know Ephraim, and Israel is not hid from me for now Ephraim hath committed fornication, Israel is defiled.
5:4They will not set their thoughts to return to their God: for the spirit of fornication is in the midst of them, and they have not known the Lord.
5:5And the pride of Israel shall answer in his face: and Israel, and Ephraim shall fall in their iniquity, Juda also shall fall with them.
5:6With their flocks and with their herds, they shall go to seek the Lord, and shall not find him: he is withdrawn from them.
5:7They have transgressed against the Lord: for they have begotten children that are strangers: now shall a month devour them with their portions.
5:8Blow ye the cornet in Gabaa, the trumpet in Rama: howl ye in Bethaven, behind thy back, O Benjamin.
5:9Ephraim shall be in desolation in the day of rebuke: among the tribes of Israel I have shewn that which shall surely be.
5:10The princes of Juda are become as they that take up the bound: I will pour out my wrath upon them like water.
5:11Ephraim is under oppression, and broken in judgment: because he began to go after filthiness.
5:12And I will be like a moth to Ephraim: and like rottenness to the house of Juda.
5:13And Ephraim saw his sickness, and Juda his band: and Ephraim went to the Assyrian, and sent to the avenging king: and he shall not be able to heal you, neither shall he be able to take off the band from you.
5:14For I will be like a lioness to Ephraim, and like a lion's whelp to the house of Juda: I, I will catch, and go: I will take away, and there is none that can rescue.
5:15I will go and return to my place: until you are consumed, and seek my face.
6:1¤ In their affliction they will rise early to me: Come, and let us return to the Lord.
6:2For he hath taken us, and he will heal us: he will strike, and he will cure us.
6:3He will revive us after two days: on the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight. We shall know, and we shall follow on, that we may know the Lord. His going forth is prepared as the morning light, and he will come to us as the early and the latter rain to the earth.
6:4What shall I do to thee, O Ephraim? what shall I do to thee, O Juda? your mercy is as a morning cloud, and as the dew that goeth away in the morning.
6:5For this reason have I hewed them by the prophets, I have slain them by the words of my mouth: and thy judgments shall go forth as the light.
6:6For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice: and the knowledge of God more than holocausts.
6:7But they, like Adam, have transgressed the covenant, there have they dealt treacherously against me.
6:8Galaad is a city of workers of idols, supplanted with blood.
6:9And like the jaws of highway robbers, they conspire with the priests who murder in the way those that pass out of Sichem: for they have wrought wickedness.
6:10I have seen a horrible thing in the house of Israel: the fornications of Ephraim there: Israel is defiled.
6:11And thou also, O Juda, set thee a harvest, when I shall bring back the captivity of my people.
7:1¤ When I would have healed Israel, the iniquity of Ephraim was discovered, and the wickedness of Samaria, for they have committed falsehood, and the thief is come in to steal, the robber is without.
7:2And lest they may say in their hearts, that I remember all their wickedness: their own devices now have beset them about, they have been done before my face.
7:3They have made the king glad with their wickedness: and the princes with their lies.
7:4They are all adulterers, like an oven heated by the baker: the city rested a little from the mingling of the leaven, till the whole was leavened.
7:5The day of our king, the princes began to be mad with wine: he stretched out his hand with scorners.
7:6Because they have applied their heart like an oven, when he laid snares for them: he slept all the night baking them, in the morning he himself was heated as a flaming fire.
7:7They were all heated like an oven, and have devoured their judges: all their kings have fallen: there is none amongst them that calleth unto me.
7:8Ephraim himself is mixed among the nations: Ephraim is become as bread baked under the ashes, that is not turned.
7:9Strangers have devoured his strength, and he knew it not: yea, grey hairs also are spread about upon him, and he is ignorant of it.
7:10And the pride of Israel shall be humbled before his face: and they have not returned to the Lord their God, nor have they sought him in all these.
7:11And Ephraim is become as a dove that is decoyed, not having a heart: they called upon Egypt, they went to the Assyrians.
7:12And when they shall go, I will spread my net upon them: I will bring them down as the fowl of the air, I will strike them as their congregation hath heard.
7:13Woe to them, for they have departed from me: they shall be wasted because they have transgressed against me: and I redeemed them: and they have spoken lies against me.
7:14And they have not cried to me with their heart, but they howled in their beds: they have thought upon wheat and wine, they are departed from me.
7:15And I have chastised them, and strengthened their arms: and they have imagined evil against me.
7:16They returned, that they might be without yoke: they became like a deceitful bow: their princes shall fall by the sword, for the rage of their tongue. This is their derision in the land of Egypt.