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Hosea 5
2 The revolters are deeply sunk in corruption and slaughter, but I am a rebuke and a chastisement for them all. 3 I know Ephraim, and Israel is not hid from Me; for now, O Ephraim, you have played the harlot and have worshiped idols; Israel is defiled. 4 Their doings will not permit them to return to their God, for the spirit of harlotry is within them and they know not the Lord . 5 But the pride and self-reliance of Israel testifies before his face. Therefore shall Israel, and Ephraim , totter and fall in their iniquity and guilt, and Judah shall stumble and fall with them. 6 They shall go with their flocks and with their herds to seek the Lord , but they will not find Him; He has withdrawn Himself from them. 7 They have dealt faithlessly and treacherously with the Lord , for they have borne alien children. Now shall a New Moon (one month) devour them with their fields. 8 Blow the horn in Gibeah and the trumpet in Ramah . Sound the alarm at Beth-aven: behind you and after you, O Benjamin ! 9 Ephraim shall become a desolation in the day of rebuke and punishment. Among the tribes of Israel I declare what shall surely be. 10 The princes of Judah are like those who remove the landmark ; I will pour out My wrath upon them like water. 11 Ephraim is oppressed; he is broken and crushed by judgment, because he was content to walk after idols (images) and man's command ``Vanities" is the rendering of The Septuagint (Greek translation of the Old Testament); ``filth," the rendering of The Dead Sea Scrolls.(vanities and filth). 12 Therefore I am like a moth to Ephraim and like dry rot to the house of Judah . 13 When Ephraim saw his sickness and Judah saw his wound, then Ephraim went to Assyria and sent to great King Jareb . Yet he cannot heal you nor will he cure you of your wound . 14 For I will be to Ephraim like a lion, and like a young lion to the house of Judah. I, even I, will rend and go on ; I will carry off and there will be no one to deliver. 15 I will return to My place until they acknowledge their offense and feel their guilt and seek My face; in their affliction and distress they will seek, inquire for, and require Me earnestly, saying,