“Spiritually Sick”
Hosea Chapters 5-6

“Spiritually Sick”
Hosea Chapters 5-6

“Hear this, O priests!
Take heed, O house of Israel!
Give ear, O house of the king!
For yours is the judgment,
Because you have been a snare to Mizpah
And a net spread on Tabor.
2
The revolters are deeply involved in slaughter,
Though I rebuke them all.
3
I know Ephraim,
And Israel is not hidden from Me;
For now, O Ephraim, you commit harlotry;
Israel is defiled.

4
“They do not direct their deeds
Toward turning to their God,
For the spirit of harlotry is in their midst,
And they do not know the Lord.
5
The pride of Israel testifies to his face;
Therefore Israel and Ephraim stumble in their iniquity;
Judah also stumbles with them.

6
“With their flocks and herds
They shall go to seek the Lord,
But they will not find Him;
He has withdrawn Himself from them.
7
They have dealt treacherously with the Lord,
For they have begotten pagan children.
Now a New Moon shall devour them and their heritage.

8
“Blow the ram’s horn in Gibeah,
The trumpet in Ramah!
Cry aloud at Beth Aven,
‘Look behind you, O Benjamin!’
9
Ephraim shall be desolate in the day of rebuke;
Among the tribes of Israel I make known what is sure.

10
“The princes of Judah are like those who remove a landmark;
I will pour out My wrath on them like water.
11
Ephraim is oppressed and broken in judgment,
Because he willingly walked by human precept.
12
Therefore I will be to Ephraim like a moth,
And to the house of Judah like rottenness.

13
“When Ephraim saw his sickness,
And Judah saw his wound,
Then Ephraim went to Assyria
And sent to King Jareb;
Yet he cannot cure you,
Nor heal you of your wound.
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 them and go away;
I will take them away, and no one shall rescue.
15
I will return again to My place
Till they acknowledge their offense.
Then they will seek My face;
In their affliction they will earnestly seek Me.”

6 Come, and let us return to the Lord;
For He has torn, but He will heal us;
He has stricken, but He will bind us up.
2
After two days He will revive us;
On the third day He will raise us up,
That we may live in His sight.
3
Let us know,
Let us pursue the knowledge of the Lord.
His going forth is established as the morning;
He will come to us like the rain,
Like the latter and former rain to the earth.

4
“O Ephraim, what shall I do to you?
O Judah, what shall I do to you?
For your faithfulness is like a morning cloud,
And like the early dew it goes away.
5
Therefore I have hewn them by the prophets,
I have slain them by the words of My mouth;
And your judgments are like light that goes forth.
6
For I desire mercy and not sacrifice,
And the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.

7
“But like men they transgressed the covenant;
There they dealt treacherously with Me.
8
Gilead is a city of evildoers
And defiled with blood.
9
As bands of robbers lie in wait for a man,
So the company of priests murder on the way to Shechem;
Surely they commit lewdness.
10
I have seen a horrible thing in the house of Israel:
There is the harlotry of Ephraim;
Israel is defiled.
11
Also, O Judah, a harvest is appointed for you,
When I return the captives of My people.