1 Hear ye this,
O priests; and hearken, ye house of Israel; and give ye ear,
O house of the king; for judgment is toward you, because ye
have been a snare on Mizpah, and a net spread upon Tabor.
2 And the revolters are profound to make slaughter, though I
have been a rebuker of them all.
3 I know Ephraim, and Israel is not hid from me: for now, O
Ephraim, thou committest whoredom, and Israel is defiled.
4 They will not frame their doings to turn unto their God: for
the spirit of whoredoms is in the midst of them, and they have
not known the LORD.
5 And the pride of Israel doth testify to his face: therefore
shall Israel and Ephraim fall in their iniquity; Judah also
shall fall with them.
6 They shall go with their flocks and with their herds to seek
the LORD; but they shall not find him; he hath withdrawn himself
7 They have dealt treacherously against the LORD: for they have
begotten strange children: now shall a month devour them with
8 Blow ye the cornet in Gibeah, and the trumpet in Ramah: cry
aloud at Beth-aven, after thee, O Benjamin.
9 Ephraim shall be desolate in the day of rebuke: among the
tribes of Israel have I made known that which shall surely be.
10 The princes of Judah were like them that remove the bound:
therefore I will pour out my wrath upon them like water.
11 Ephraim is oppressed and broken in judgment, because he willingly
walked after the commandment.
12 Therefore will I be unto Ephraim as a moth, and to the house
of Judah as rottenness.
13 When Ephraim saw his sickness, and Judah saw his wound, then
went Ephraim to the Assyrian, and sent to king Jareb: yet could
he not heal you, nor cure you of your wound.
14 For I will be unto Ephraim as a lion, and as a young lion
to the house of Judah: I, even I, will tear and go away; I will
take away, and none shall rescue him.
15 I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their
offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek
1 Come, and let
us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal
us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.
2 After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will
raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.
3 Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his
going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto
us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.
4 O Ephraim, what shall I do unto thee? O Judah, what shall
I do unto thee? for your goodness is as a morning cloud, and
as the early dew it goeth away.
5 Therefore have I hewed them by the prophets; I have slain
them by the words of my mouth: and thy judgments are as the
light that goeth forth.
6 For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge
of God more than burnt offerings.
7 But they like men have transgressed the covenant: there have
they dealt treacherously against me.
8 Gilead is a city of them that work iniquity, and is polluted
9 And as troops of robbers wait for a man, so the company of
priests murder in the way by consent: for they commit lewdness.
10 I have seen an horrible thing in the house of Israel: there
is the whoredom of Ephraim, Israel is defiled.
11 Also, O Judah, he hath set an harvest for thee, when I returned
the captivity of my people.
1 When I would
have healed Israel, then the iniquity of Ephraim was discovered,
and the wickedness of Samaria: for they commit falsehood; and
the thief cometh in, and the troop of robbers spoileth without.
2 And they consider not in their hearts that I remember all
their wickedness: now their own doings have beset them about;
they are before my face.
3 They make the king glad with their wickedness, and the princes
with their lies.
4 They are all adulterers, as an oven heated by the baker, who
ceaseth from raising after he hath kneeded the dough, until
it be leavened.
5 In the day of our king the princes have made him sick with
bottles of wine; he stretched out his hand with scorners.
6 For they have made ready their heart like an oven, whiles
they lie in wait: their baker sleepeth all the night; in the
morning it burneth as a flaming fire.
7 They are all hot as an oven, and have devoured their judges;
all their kings are fallen: there is none among them that calleth
8 Ephraim, he hath mixed himself among the people; Ephraim is
a cake not turned.
9 Strangers have devoured his strength, and he knoweth it not:
yea, gray hairs are here and there upon him, yet he knoweth
10 And the pride of Israel testifieth to his face: and they
do not return to the LORD their God, nor seek him for all this.
11 Ephraim also is like a silly dove without heart: they call
to Egypt, they go to Assyria.
12 When they shall go, I will spread my net upon them; I will
bring them down as the fowls of the heaven; I will chastise
them, as their congregation hath heard.
13 Woe unto them! for they have fled from me: destruction unto
them! because they have transgressed against me: though I have
redeemed them, yet they have spoken lies against me.
14 And they have not cried unto me with their heart, when they
howled upon their beds: they assemble themselves for corn and
wine, and they rebel against me.
15 Though I have bound and strengthened their arms, yet do they
imagine mischief against me.
16 They return, but not to the most High: they are like a deceitful
bow: their princes shall fall by the sword for the rage of their
tongue: this shall be their derision in the land of Egypt.