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Hear this, O ye priests, and attend, ye house of Israel, and give ear, O house of the king, for unto you pertaineth the judgment;
for ye have been a snare on Mizpah, and a net spread upon Tabor.
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And they that fall away are gone deep in making slaughter;
and I am rejected of them all.
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I, even I, know Ephraim, and Israel is not hid from Me;
for now, O Ephraim, thou hast committed harlotry, Israel is defiled.
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Their doings will not suffer them to return unto their God;
for the spirit of harlotry is within them, and they know not the LORD.
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But the pride of Israel shall testify to his face;
and Israel and Ephraim shall stumble in their iniquity, Judah also shall stumble with them.
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With their flocks and with their herds they shall go to seek the LORD, but they shall not find Him;
He hath withdrawn Himself from them.
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They have dealt treacherously against the LORD, for they have begotten strange children;
now shall the new moon devour them with their portions.
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Blow ye the horn in Gibeah, and the trumpet in Ramah;
sound an alarm at Beth-aven: "Behind thee, O Benjamin!"
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Ephraim shall be desolate in the day of rebuke;
among the tribes of Israel do I make known that which shall surely be.
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The princes of Judah are like them that remove the landmark;
I will pour out My wrath upon them like water.
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Oppressed is Ephraim, crushed in his right;
because he willingly walked after filth.
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Therefore am I unto Ephraim as a moth, and to the house of Judah as rottenness.
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And when Ephraim saw his sickness, and Judah his wound, Ephraim went to Assyria, and sent to King Contentious;
but he is not able to heal you, neither shall he cure you of your wound.
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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 there shall be none to deliver.
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I will go and return to My place, till they acknowledge their guilt, and seek My face;
in their trouble they will seek Me earnestly: