1 Hear ye this, O priests; and hearken, ye house of Israel; and give ye ear, O house of the king; for judgment [is] toward you, because ye have been aThe priests and princes caught the poor people in their snares, as the fowlers did the birds, in these two high mountains.snare on Mizpah, and a net spread upon Tabor.
2 And the revolters are profound to makeEven though they seemed to be given altogether to holiness, and to sacrifices which here he calls slaughter in contempt.slaughter, though I [have been] aThough I had admonished them continually by my Prophets.rebuker of them all.
3 I knowThey boasted themselves not only to be Israelites, but also Ephraimites, because their King Jeroboam came from that tribe.Ephraim, and Israel is not hid from me: for now, O Ephraim, thou committest whoredom, [and] Israel is defiled.
4 They will not giue their mindes to turne vnto their God: for the spirit of fornication is in the middes of them, and they haue not knowen the Lord.
5 And theMeaning their condemning of all admonitions.pride of Israel doth testify to his face: therefore shall Israel and Ephraim fall in their iniquity; Judah also shall fall with them.
6 They shall goe with their sheepe, and with their bullockes to seeke the Lorde: but they shall not finde him: for he hath withdrawne himselfe from them.
7 They have dealt treacherously against the LORD: for they have begottenThat is, their children are degenerate, so that there is no hope in them.strange children: now shallTheir destruction is not far off.a month devour them with their portions.
8 Blow ye the cornet in Gibeah, [and] the trumpet in Ramah: cry aloud [at] Bethaven, after thee, OThat is, all of Israel that was included under this tribe, signifying that the Lord's plagues would pursue them from place to place until they were destroyed.Benjamin.
9 Ephraim shall be desolate in the day of rebuke: among the tribes of Israel have I madeBy the success they will know that I have surely determined this.known that which shall surely be.
10 The princes of Judah were like them thatThey have turned upside down all political order and all manner of religion.remove the bound: [therefore] I will pour out my wrath upon them like water.
11 Ephraim [is] oppressed [and] broken in judgment, because he willingly walked after theThat is, after King Jeroboam's commandment, and did not rather follow God.commandment.
12 Therefore wil I be vnto Ephraim as a moth, and to the house of Iudah as a rottennesse.
13 When Ephraim saw his sickness, and Judah [saw] his wound, then went Ephraim toInstead of seeking for remedy from God's hand.the Assyrian, and sent to kingWho was king of the Assyrians.Jareb: yet could he not heal you, nor cure you of your wound.
14 For I will be vnto Ephraim as a lyon, and as a lyons whelpe to the house of Iudah: I, euen I will spoyle, and goe away: I will take away, and none shall rescue it.
15 I will go, and returne to my place, til they acknowledge their fault, and seeke me: in their affliction they will seeke me diligently.