Bible: Hos 5:8-7:16

The Prophet’s Declaration of Judgment

5:8 Blow the ram’s horn in Gibeah!

Sound the trumpet in Ramah!

Sound the alarm in Beth Aven! 1 

Tremble in fear, 2  O Benjamin!

5:9 Ephraim will be ruined in the day of judgment! 3 

What I am declaring 4  to the tribes of Israel will certainly take place! 5 

The Oppressors of the Helpless Will Be Oppressed

5:10 The princes of Judah are like those who move boundary markers.

I will pour out my rage on them like a torrential flood! 6 

5:11 Ephraim will be oppressed, 7  crushed 8  under judgment, 9 

because he was determined to pursue worthless idols. 10 

The Curse of the Incurable Wound

5:12 I will be like a moth to Ephraim,

like wood rot 11  to the house of Judah.

5:13 When Ephraim saw 12  his sickness

and Judah saw his wound,

then Ephraim turned 13  to Assyria,

and begged 14  its great king 15  for help.

But he will not be able to heal you!

He cannot cure your wound! 16 

The Lion Will Carry Israel Off Into Exile

5:14 I will be like a lion to Ephraim,

like a young lion to the house of Judah.

I myself will tear them to pieces,

then I will carry them off, and no one will be able to rescue them!

5:15 Then I will return again to my lair

until they have suffered their punishment. 17 

Then they will seek me; 18 

in their distress they will earnestly seek me.

Superficial Repentance Breeds False Assurance of God’s Forgivene

6:1Come on! Let’s return to the Lord!

He himself has torn us to pieces,

but he will heal us!

He has injured 19  us,

but he will bandage our wounds!

6:2 He will restore 20  us in a very short time; 21 

he will heal us in a little while, 22 

so that we may live in his presence.

6:3 So let us acknowledge him! 23 

Let us seek 24  to acknowledge 25  the Lord!

He will come to our rescue as certainly as the appearance of the dawn,

as certainly as the winter rain comes,

as certainly as the spring rain that waters the land.”

Transitory Faithfulness and Imminent Judgment

6:4 What am I going to do with you, O Ephraim?

What am I going to do with you, O Judah?

For 26  your faithfulness is as fleeting as the morning mist; 27 

it disappears as quickly as dawn’s dew! 28 

6:5 Therefore, I will certainly cut 29  you into pieces at the hands of the prophets; 30 

I will certainly kill you 31  in fulfillment of my oracles of judgment; 32 

for 33  my judgment 34  will come forth like the light of the dawn. 35 

6:6 For I delight in faithfulness, not simply in sacrifice;

I delight 36  in acknowledging God, not simply in whole burnt offerings. 37 

Indictments Against the Cities of Israel and Judah

6:7 At Adam 38  they broke 39  the covenant;

Oh how 40  they were unfaithful 41  to me!

6:8 Gilead is a city full of evildoers; 42 

its streets are stained with bloody footprints! 43 

6:9 The company of priests is like a gang of robbers,

lying in ambush to pounce on a victim.

They commit murder on the road to Shechem;

they have done heinous crimes!

6:10 I have seen a disgusting thing in the temple of Israel:

there Ephraim practices temple prostitution

and Judah defiles itself.

6:11 I have appointed a time to reap judgment 44  for you also, O Judah!

If Israel Would Repent of Sin, God Would Relent of Judgment

Whenever I want to restore the fortunes of my people, 45 

7:1 whenever I want to heal Israel,

the sin of Ephraim is revealed,

and the evil deeds of Samaria are exposed.

For they do what is wrong;

thieves break into houses,

and gangs rob people out in the streets.

7:2 They do not realize 46 

that I remember all of their wicked deeds.

Their evil deeds have now surrounded them;

their sinful deeds are always before me. 47 

Political Intrigue and Conspiracy in the Palace

7:3 The royal advisers delight the king with their evil schemes,

the princes make him glad with their lies.

7:4 They are all like bakers, 48 

they 49  are like a smoldering oven;

they are like a baker who does not stoke the fire

until the kneaded dough is ready for baking.

7:5 At the celebration 50  of their king, 51 

his princes become inflamed 52  with wine;

they conspire 53  with evildoers.

7:6 They approach him, all the while plotting against him.

Their hearts are like an oven;

their anger smolders all night long,

but in the morning it bursts into a flaming fire.

7:7 All of them are blazing like an oven;

they devour their rulers.

All of their kings fall

and none of them call on me!

Israel Lacks Discernment and Refuses to Repent

7:8 Ephraim has mixed itself like flour 54  among the nations;

Ephraim is like a ruined cake of bread that is scorched on one side. 55 

7:9 Foreigners are consuming what his strenuous labor produced, 56 

but he does not recognize it!

His head is filled with gray hair,

but he does not realize it!

7:10 The arrogance of Israel testifies against him,

yet they refuse to return to the Lord their God!

In spite of all this they refuse to seek him!

Israel Turns to Assyria and Egypt for Help

7:11 Ephraim has been like a dove,

easily deceived and lacking discernment.

They called to Egypt for help;

they turned to Assyria for protection.

7:12 I will throw my bird net over them while they are flying,

I will bring them down like birds in the sky;

I will discipline them when I hear them flocking together.

Israel Has Turned Away from the Lord

7:13 Woe to them! For they have fled from me!

Destruction to them! For they have rebelled against me!

I want to deliver 57  them,

but they have lied to me.

7:14 They do not pray to me, 58 

but howl in distress on their beds;

They slash themselves 59  for grain and new wine,

but turn away from me.

7:15 Although I trained and strengthened them, 60 

they plot evil against me!

7:16 They turn to Baal; 61 

they are like an unreliable bow.

Their leaders will fall by the sword

because their prayers to Baal 62  have made me angry.

So people will disdain them in the land of Egypt. 63 

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