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Hosea 5:1-7 New English Translation (NET Bible)

Announcement of Sin and Judgment

Hear this, you priests!
Pay attention, you Israelites!
Listen closely, O king!
For judgment is about to overtake you!
For you were like a trap to Mizpah,
like a net spread out to catch Tabor.
Those who revolt are knee-deep in slaughter,
but I will discipline them all.
I know Ephraim all too well;
the evil of Israel is not hidden from me.
For you have engaged in prostitution, O Ephraim;
Israel has defiled itself.
Their wicked deeds do not allow them to return to their God;
because a spirit of idolatry controls their heart,
and they do not acknowledge the Lord.
The arrogance of Israel testifies against it;
Israel and Ephraim will be overthrown because of their iniquity.
Even Judah will be brought down with them.

The Futility of Sacrificial Ritual without Moral Obedience

Although they bring their flocks and herds
to seek the favor of the Lord,
They will not find him—
he has withdrawn himself from them!
They have committed treason against the Lord,
because they bore illegitimate children.
Soon the new moon festival will devour them and their fields.

New English Translation (NET)

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Hosea 11:1-5 New English Translation (NET Bible)

Reversal of the Exodus: Return to Egypt and Exile in Assyria

11 When Israel was a young man, I loved him like a son,
and I summoned my son out of Egypt.
But the more I summoned them,
the farther they departed from me.
They sacrificed to the Baal idols
and burned incense to images.
Yet it was I who led Ephraim,
I took them by the arm;
but they did not acknowledge
that I had healed them.
I led them with leather cords,
with leather ropes;
I lifted the yoke from their neck,
and gently fed them.
They will return to Egypt!
Assyria will rule over them
because they refuse to repent!

New English Translation (NET)

NET Bible® copyright ©1996-2006 by Biblical Studies Press, L.L.C. http://netbible.com All rights reserved.

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