Bible: Hosea 5:8-6:6

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 

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