Hosea 5

Hear this, O ye priests, and hearken, O house of Israel, and give ear, O house of the king; for [a]unto you pertaineth the judgment; for ye have been a snare at Mizpah, and a net spread upon Tabor. And the revolters are gone deep [b]in making slaughter; but I am a [c]rebuker of them all. I know Ephraim, and Israel is not hid from me; for now, O Ephraim, thou hast played the harlot, Israel is defiled. [d]Their doings will not suffer them to turn unto their God; for the spirit of whoredom is [e]within them, and they know not Jehovah. And the [f]pride of Israel doth testify to his face: therefore Israel and Ephraim shall stumble in their iniquity; Judah also shall stumble with them. They shall go with their flocks and with their herds to seek Jehovah; but they shall not find him: he hath withdrawn himself from them. They have dealt treacherously against Jehovah; for they have [g]borne strange children: now shall [h]the new moon devour them with their [i]fields.

Blow ye the cornet in Gibeah, and the trumpet in Ramah: sound an alarm at Beth-aven; [j]behind thee, O Benjamin. Ephraim shall become a desolation in the day of rebuke: among the tribes of Israel have I made known that which shall surely be. 10 The princes of Judah are like them that remove the landmark: I will pour out my wrath upon them like water. 11 Ephraim is oppressed, he is crushed in judgment; because he was content to walk after man’s command. 12 [k]Therefore am I 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 Assyria, and sent to [l]king Jareb: but he is not able to heal you, neither will he 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 carry off, and there shall be none to deliver. 15 I will go and return to my place, till they [m]acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me [n]earnestly.


  1. Hosea 5:1 Or, against you is the judgment
  2. Hosea 5:2 Or, in corruption
  3. Hosea 5:2 Hebrew rebuke.
  4. Hosea 5:4 Or, They will not frame their doings
  5. Hosea 5:4 Or, in the midst of
  6. Hosea 5:5 Or, excellency
  7. Hosea 5:7 Or, begotten
  8. Hosea 5:7 Or, a month
  9. Hosea 5:7 Hebrew portions.
  10. Hosea 5:8 Or, After thee, Benjamin!
  11. Hosea 5:12 Or, And I was
  12. Hosea 5:13 Or, a king that should contend
  13. Hosea 5:15 Or, have borne their guilt
  14. Hosea 5:15 Or, earnestly, saying