1Hear these things, ye priests; and attend, O house of Israel; and hearken, O house of the king; for the controversy is with you, because ye have been a snare in Scopia, and as a net spread on Tabor,
2which they that hunt the prey have fixed: but I will correct you.
3I know Ephraim, and Israel is not far from me: for now Ephraim has gone grievously a-whoring, Israel is defiled.
4They have not framed their counsels to return to their God, for the spirit of fornication is in them, and they have not known the Lord.
5And the pride of Israel shall be brought low before his face; and Israel and Ephraim shall fall in their iniquities; and Judah also shall fall with them.
6They shall go with sheep and calves diligently to seek the Lord; but they shall not find him, for he has withdrawn himself from them.
7For they have forsaken the Lord; for strange children have been born to them: now shall the cankerworm devour them and their heritages.
8Blow ye the trumpet on the hills, sound aloud on the heights: proclaim in the house of Aven, Benjamin is amazed.
9Ephraim has come to nought in the days of reproof: in the tribes of Israel I have shown faithful dealings.
10The princes of Judah became as they that removed the bounds: I will pour out upon them my fury as water.
11Ephraim altogether prevailed against his adversary, he trod judgment under foot, for he began to go after vanities.
12Therefore I will be as consternation to Ephraim, and as a goad to the house of Judah.
13And Ephraim saw his disease, and Judah his pain; then Ephraim went to the Assyrians, and sent ambassadors to King Jarim: but he could not heal you, and your pain shall in nowise cease from you.
14Wherefore I am as a panther to Ephraim, and as a lion to the house of Judah: and I will tear, and go away; and I will take, and there shall be none to deliver.
15I will go and return to my place, until they are brought to nought, and then shall they seek my face. In their affliction they will seek me early, saying,