Neviim Akharonim  Hoshea / Hosea Chapter 5

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The Evil Behavior of the Kohanim, the People, and the Royal Family (5:1-7)

5:1 Shema ye this, O kohenim; and Kashav (give heed), ye Beit Yisrael; and give ye ear, O Beit the king; for mishpat [is] toward you, because ye have been a snare on Mizpah (watchtower), and a net spread upon Tabor.

5:2 And the revolters are profound to make slaughter, though I [have been] a rebuker of them all.

5:3 I know Efrayim, and Yisrael is not hid from me: for now, O Efrayim, thou committest zanah (whoredom, harlot), [and] Yisrael is defiled.

5:4 They will not frame their doings to turn unto their Elohim (אלהים): for the spirit of zanah (whoredom, harlot) [is] in the midst of them, and they have not known YHWH (יהוה).

5:5 And the ge'on (pride) of Yisrael doth testify to his face: therefore shall Yisrael and Efrayim fall in their iniquity; Yehudah also shall fall with them.

5:6 They shall go with their flocks and with their herds to seek YHWH (יהוה); but they shall not find [him]; He hath withdrawn himself from them.

5:7 They have dealt treacherously against YHWH (יהוה): for they have begotten strange children: now shall a month devour them with their portions.


Blow ye the shofar() in Giv'ah, [and]

the silver trumpet(S-Tmpt.gif) in Ramah:

Cry aloud [at] Beit-Aven (house of vanity), after thee, O BenYamin.

5:9 Efrayim shall be desolate in the *Yom Tokheikhah (Day of Rebuke): among the Shevet Yisrael have I made known that which shall surely be. (*2 Kings 19:3; YeshaYahu 37:3)

5:10 The princes of Yehudah were like them that remove the bound: [therefore] I will pour out My wrath upon them like water.

5:11 Efrayim [is] oppressed [and] broken in mishpat, because he willingly walked after the commandment.

5:12 Therefore [will] I [be] unto Efrayim as a moth, and to the Beit Yehudah as rottenness.

5:13 When Efrayim saw his sickness, and Yehudah [saw] his wound, then went Efrayim to the Ashshur, and sent to melekh Yarev: yet could he not heal you, nor cure you of your wound.

5:14 For I [will be] unto Efrayim as a lion, and as a young lion to the Beit Yehudah: I, [even] I, will tear and go away; I will take away, and none shall rescue [him].

5:15 I will go [and] return to My place, till they acdaat (acknowledge) their offence, and seek My face: in their affliction they will seek Me early.

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Yarev = "contender" an epithet given to the king of Assyria