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4 “Their deeds do not permit them
to return(A) to their God.
A spirit of prostitution(B) is in their heart;
they do not acknowledge(C) the Lord.
5 Israel’s arrogance testifies(D) against them;
the Israelites, even Ephraim, stumble(E) in their sin;
Judah also stumbles with them.(F)
6 When they go with their flocks and herds
to seek the Lord,(G)
they will not find him;
he has withdrawn(H) himself from them.
7 They are unfaithful(I) to the Lord;
they give birth to illegitimate(J) children.
When they celebrate their New Moon feasts,(K)
he will devour[a](L) their fields.
8 “Sound the trumpet(M) in Gibeah,(N)
the horn in Ramah.(O)
Raise the battle cry in Beth Aven[b];(P)
lead on, Benjamin.
9 Ephraim will be laid waste(Q)
on the day of reckoning.(R)
Among the tribes of Israel
I proclaim what is certain.(S)
10 Judah’s leaders are like those
who move boundary stones.(T)
I will pour out my wrath(U) on them
like a flood of water.
11 Ephraim is oppressed,
trampled in judgment,
intent on pursuing idols.[c](V)
12 I am like a moth(W) to Ephraim,
like rot(X) to the people of Judah.
13 “When Ephraim(Y) saw his sickness,
and Judah his sores,
then Ephraim turned to Assyria,(Z)
and sent to the great king for help.(AA)
But he is not able to cure(AB) you,
not able to heal your sores.(AC)
14 For I will be like a lion(AD) to Ephraim,
like a great lion to Judah.
I will tear them to pieces(AE) and go away;
I will carry them off, with no one to rescue them.(AF)
15 Then I will return to my lair(AG)
until they have borne their guilt(AH)
and seek my face(AI)—
in their misery(AJ)
they will earnestly seek me.(AK)”