Hosea 5

Israel and Judah Will Be Judged

The Lord said:

1 Listen, you priests!
      Pay attention, Israel!
   Listen, you members
      of the royal family.
   Justice was your duty.
   But at Mizpah and Mount Tabor
      you trapped the people.
2 At the place of worship
   you were a treacherous pit,
      and I will punish you.

3 Israel, I know all about you,
   and because of your unfaithfulness,
      I find you unacceptable.
4 Your evil deeds are the reason
   you won’t return to me,
      your Lord God.
   And your constant craving for sex
      keeps you from knowing me.

5 Israel, your pride
      testifies to your guilt;
   it makes you stumble,
      and Judah stumbles too.
6 You offer sheep and cattle
      as sacrifices to me,
   but I have turned away
      and refuse to be found.
7 You have been unfaithful
      to me, your Lord;
   you have had children
      by prostitutes.
   So at the New Moon Festival,
   you and your crops
      will be destroyed.

The Lord Warns Israel and Judah

8 Give a warning on the trumpet!
    Let it be heard in Gibeah,
        Ramah, and sinful Bethel.
    Benjamin, watch out!
9 I, the Lord, will punish
        and wipe out Israel.
    This is my solemn promise
        to every tribe of Israel.
10 Judah’s leaders are like crooks
        who move boundary markers;
    that’s why I will flood them
        with my anger.

11 Israel was brutally crushed.
     They got what they deserved
        for worshiping useless idols.
12 Now I, the Lord,
     will fill Israel with maggots
        and make Judah rot.
13 When Israel and Judah saw
        their sickness and wounds,
     Israel asked help from Assyria
        and its mighty king.
     But the king cannot cure them
        or heal their wounds.
14 So I’ll become a fierce lion
        attacking Israel and Judah.
     I’ll snatch and carry off
     what I want,
        and no one can stop me.
15 Then I’ll return to my temple
     until they confess their guilt
        and worship me,
     until they are desperate
        and beg for my help.


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