5Therefore I have hewn them by the prophets,
I have killed them by the words of my mouth,
and my judgment goes forth as the light.6For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice,
the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.
7But at Adam they transgressed the covenant;
there they dealt faithlessly with me.8Gilead is a city of evildoers,
tracked with blood.9As robbers lie in wait for someone,
so the priests are banded together;
they murder on the road to Shechem,
they commit a monstrous crime.10In the house of Israel I have seen a horrible thing;
Ephraim's whoredom is there, Israel is defiled.
11For you also, O Judah, a harvest is appointed.
When I would restore the fortunes of my people,Chapter 71when I would heal Israel,
the corruption of Ephraim is revealed,
and the wicked deeds of Samaria;
for they deal falsely,
the thief breaks in,
and the bandits raid outside.2But they do not consider
that I remember all their wickedness.
Now their deeds surround them,
they are before my face.3By their wickedness they make the king glad,
and the officials by their treachery.4They are all adulterers;
they are like a heated oven,
whose baker does not need to stir the fire,
from the kneading of the dough until it is leavened.5On the day of our king the officials
became sick with the heat of wine;
he stretched out his hand with mockers.6For they are kindled like an oven, their heart burns within them;
all night their anger smolders;
in the morning it blazes like a flaming fire.7All of them are hot as an oven,
and they devour their rulers.
All their kings have fallen;
none of them calls upon me.
8Ephraim mixes himself with the peoples;
Ephraim is a cake not turned.9Foreigners devour his strength,
but he does not know it;
gray hairs are sprinkled upon him,
but he does not know it.10Israel's pride testifies against him;
yet they do not return to the Lord their God,
or seek him, for all this.
Futile Reliance on the Nations
11Ephraim has become like a dove,
silly and without sense;
they call upon Egypt, they go to Assyria.12As they go, I will cast my net over them;
I will bring them down like birds of the air;
I will discipline them according to the report made to their assembly.13Woe to them, for they have strayed from me!
Destruction to them, for they have rebelled against me!
I would redeem them,
but they speak lies against me.
14They do not cry to me from the heart,
but they wail upon their beds;
they gash themselves for grain and wine;
they rebel against me.15It was I who trained and strengthened their arms,
yet they plot evil against me.16They turn to that which does not profit;
they have become like a defective bow;
their officials shall fall by the sword
because of the rage of their tongue.
So much for their babbling in the land of Egypt.
Chapter 8Israel's Apostasy
1Set the trumpet to your lips!
One like a vulture is over the house of the Lord,
because they have broken my covenant,
and transgressed my law.2Israel cries to me,
“My God, we—Israel—know you!”3Israel has spurned the good;
the enemy shall pursue him.
4They made kings, but not through me;
they set up princes, but without my knowledge.
With their silver and gold they made idols
for their own destruction.5Your calf is rejected, O Samaria.
My anger burns against them.
How long will they be incapable of innocence?6For it is from Israel,
an artisan made it;
it is not God.
The calf of Samaria
shall be broken to pieces.
7For they sow the wind,
and they shall reap the whirlwind.
The standing grain has no heads,
it shall yield no meal;
if it were to yield,
foreigners would devour it.8Israel is swallowed up;
now they are among the nations
as a useless vessel.9For they have gone up to Assyria,
a wild ass wandering alone;
Ephraim has bargained for lovers.10Though they bargain with the nations,
I will now gather them up.
They shall soon writhe
under the burden of kings and princes.
11When Ephraim multiplied altars to expiate sin,
they became to him altars for sinning.12Though I write for him the multitude of my instructions,
they are regarded as a strange thing.13Though they offer choice sacrifices,
though they eat flesh,
the Lord does not accept them.
Now he will remember their iniquity,
and punish their sins;
they shall return to Egypt.14Israel has forgotten his Maker,
and built palaces;
and Judah has multiplied fortified cities;
but I will send a fire upon his cities,
and it shall devour his strongholds.