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Hosea 5

The People’s Apostasy Rebuked

1Hear this and pay close attention, O priests!
Give heed, O house of Israel!
Listen, O house of the king!
For the [pronounced] judgment pertains to you and is meant for you to hear,
Because you have been a snare at Mizpah
And a net spread out over Tabor (military strongholds on either side of the Jordan River).

The revolters have gone deep into depravity,
But I [the Lord God] will chastise them all.

I know Ephraim, and Israel is not hidden from Me;
For now, O Ephraim, you have played the prostitute and have worshiped idols;
Israel has defiled itself.

Their [immoral] practices will not permit them
To return to their God,
For the spirit of prostitution is within them
And they do not know the Lord [they do not recognize, appreciate, heed or cherish Him].

But the pride and self-reliance of Israel testifies against him.
Therefore Israel, and [especially] [a]Ephraim, stumble and fall in their wickedness and guilt;
[b]Judah also has stumbled with them.

They will go with their flocks and with their herds
To seek the Lord [diligently searching for Him], but they will not find Him;
He has withdrawn from them [refusing to hear the prayers of the unrepentant].

They have dealt treacherously against the Lord,
For they have borne illegitimate (pagan) children.
Now the [c]New Moon will devour them along with their land [bringing judgment and captivity].


Blow the horn in Gibeah,
The trumpet in Ramah [the lofty hills on Benjamin’s northern border].
Sound the alarm at Beth-aven:
“Behind you and coming after you [is the enemy], O Benjamin [be on guard]!”

Ephraim will become a desolation in the day of rebuke;
Among the tribes of Israel I declare what is certain.
10 
The princes of Judah are like those who [d]move a boundary marker;
I will pour out My wrath on them like [an unrestrained flood of] water.
11 
Ephraim is oppressed; he is broken and crushed by [divine] judgment,
Because he was determined to follow man’s command [e](vanities, filth, secular precepts).
12 
Therefore I am like a moth to Ephraim
And like dry rot to the house of Judah [in My judgment against them].
13 
When Ephraim saw his sickness,
And Judah his wound,
Then Ephraim went to Assyria [instead of the Lord]
And sent to [Assyria’s] great King Jareb [for help].
But he cannot heal you
Nor will he cure you of your wound [received in judgment].
14 
For I will be like a lion to Ephraim
And like a young lion to the house of Judah.
I, even I, will tear to pieces and go on [tearing];
I will carry off [the prey] and there will be no one to rescue them.
15 
I will go away and return to My place [on high]
Until they acknowledge their offense and bear their guilt and seek My face;
In their distress they will earnestly seek Me, saying,

  1. Hosea 5:5 Ephraim was the most dominant of the ten tribes in the Kingdom of Israel, and this and other economic factors led to Ephraim becoming a synonym for the entire Northern Kingdom.
  2. Hosea 5:5 The Southern Kingdom or Kingdom of Judah consisted primarily of the tribes of Judah and Benjamin. After the united kingdom divided, Judah continued to be ruled by the kings of the Davidic line. Jerusalem was the capital city of Judah.
  3. Hosea 5:7 Instead of a celebration, judgment would occur at the time of the New Moon Festival; 2:11.
  4. Hosea 5:10 I.e. like an official changing the laws of what is right and what is wrong by changing the legal standards.
  5. Hosea 5:11 “Vanities” is the rendering of The Septuagint (Greek translation of the Old Testament); “filth,” the rendering of the DSS.

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Oséias 5

Julgamento contra Israel

1“Ouçam isto, sacerdotes!
    Atenção, israelitas!
Escute, ó família real!
    Esta sentença é contra vocês:
Vocês têm sido
    uma armadilha em Mispá,
uma rede estendida
    sobre o monte Tabor.
Os rebeldes estão
    envolvidos em matança.
Eu disciplinarei todos eles.
Conheço Efraim;
    Israel não pode se esconder de mim.
Efraim, agora você se lançou
    à prostituição;
Israel se corrompeu.

“Suas ações não lhes permitem
    voltar para o seu Deus.
Um espírito de prostituição
    está no coração deles;
não reconhecem o Senhor.
A arrogância de Israel
    testifica contra eles;
Israel e Efraim tropeçam
    em seu pecado;
Judá também tropeça com eles.
Quando eles forem buscar o Senhor
    com todos os seus rebanhos
    e com todo o seu gado,
    não o encontrarão;
ele se afastou deles.
Traíram o Senhor;
    geraram filhos ilegítimos.
Agora suas festas de lua nova
    os devorarão, tanto a eles
    como as suas plantações.

“Toquem a trombeta em Gibeá,
    e a corneta em Ramá.
Dêem o grito de guerra em Bete-Áven ;
    esteja na vanguarda, ó Benjamim.
Efraim será arrasado
    no dia do castigo.
Entre as tribos de Israel
    eu proclamo o que acontecerá.
10 Os líderes de Judá são como os que
    mudam os marcos dos limites.
Derramarei sobre eles a minha ira
    como uma inundação.
11 Efraim está oprimido,
    esmagado pelo juízo,
porque decidiu ir atrás de ídolos.
12 Sou como uma traça para Efraim,
    como podridão para o povo de Judá.

13 “Quando Efraim viu a sua enfermidade,
    e Judá os seus tumores,
Efraim se voltou para a Assíria,
    e mandou buscar a ajuda do grande rei.
Mas ele não tem condições
    de curar vocês,
nem pode sarar os seus tumores.
14 Pois serei como um leão para Efraim,
    e como um leão grande para Judá.
Eu os despedaçarei e irei embora;
eu os levarei
    sem que ninguém possa livrá-los.
15 Então voltarei ao meu lugar
    até que eles admitam sua culpa.
Eles buscarão a minha face;
em sua necessidade
    eles me buscarão ansiosamente”.