Get the free app for more features and content.
Download on the App Store Get it on Google Play

Judgment Against Israel

1“Hear this, you priests!

Pay attention, you Israelites!

Listen, royal house!

This judgment is against you:

You have been a snare at Mizpah,

a net spread out on Tabor.

2The rebels are knee-deep in slaughter.

I will discipline all of them.

3I know all about Ephraim;

Israel is not hidden from me.

Ephraim, you have now turned to prostitution;

Israel is corrupt.

4“Their deeds do not permit them

to return to their God.

A spirit of prostitution is in their heart;

they do not acknowledge the Lord.

5Israel’s arrogance testifies against them;

the Israelites, even Ephraim, stumble in their sin;

Judah also stumbles with them.

6When they go with their flocks and herds

to seek the Lord,

they will not find him;

he has withdrawn himself from them.

7They are unfaithful to the Lord;

they give birth to illegitimate children.

When they celebrate their New Moon feasts,

he will devour their fields.

8“Sound the trumpet in Gibeah,

the horn in Ramah.

Raise the battle cry in Beth Aven;

lead on, Benjamin.

9Ephraim will be laid waste

on the day of reckoning.

Among the tribes of Israel

I proclaim what is certain.

10Judah’s leaders are like those

who move boundary stones.

I will pour out my wrath on them

like a flood of water.

11Ephraim is oppressed,

trampled in judgment,

intent on pursuing idols.

12I am like a moth to Ephraim,

like rot to the people of Judah.

13“When Ephraim saw his sickness,

and Judah his sores,

then Ephraim turned to Assyria,

and sent to the great king for help.

But he is not able to cure you,

not able to heal your sores.

14For I will be like a lion to Ephraim,

like a great lion to Judah.

I will tear them to pieces and go away;

I will carry them off, with no one to rescue them.

15Then I will return to my lair

until they have borne their guilt

and seek my face—

in their misery

they will earnestly seek me.”

Holy Bible, New International Version™, NIV™
Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.
Used with permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
The “New International Version” is a trademark registered in the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica, Inc. The “NIV”, “Biblica”, “International Bible Society” and the Biblica Logo are trademarks registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica, Inc. Used with permission.
Learn more at

Featured Resources

The Prophets

The Prophets

The books of the Old Testament prophets are packed with dense poetry and wild...


Introduction to Hosea

Introduction to Hosea

Dr. Mark Labberton introduces Hosea, explaining how its dramatic metaphor—the...

Fuller Studio

What Is an Old Testament Prophet? (Sandra Richter)

What Is an Old Testament Prophet? (Sandra Richter) Seedbed's mission is to gather, connect, and resource ...


[BBST 392] The Prophet Hosea - David Talley

[BBST 392] The Prophet Hosea - David Talley

BBST 392: Minor Prophets The Prophet Hosea October 1, 2012

Biola University

Overview: Hosea

Overview: Hosea

Watch our overview video on the book of Hosea, which breaks down the literary...


Overview: TaNaK / Old Testament

Overview: TaNaK / Old Testament

Watch our overview video on the Old Testament, also known as the Hebrew Bible...


Explore Hosea 5