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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 5

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Guilt of the Leaders

1Hear this, O priests, Pay attention, O house of Israel, O household of the king, give ear! It is you who are called to judgment. f Mi 3, 1 . For you have become a snare at Mizpah,* and a net spread upon Tabor. 2In their perversity they have sunk into wickedness, and I am rejected by them all. 3I know Ephraim, and Israel is not hidden from me; Now Ephraim has played the harlot, Israel is defiled. 4Their deeds do not allow them to return to their God; For the spirit of harlotry is in them, and they do not recognize the LORD.

5The arrogance of Israel bears witness against him; Ephraim stumbles in his guilt, and Judah stumbles with them. 6With their flocks and their herds they shall go to seek the LORD, but they shall not find him: he has withdrawn himself from them. 7They have been untrue to the LORD, for they have begotten illegitimate children; Now shall the new moon devour them together with their fields.

Political Upheavals*

8Blow the horn in Gibeah, the trumpet in Ramah! Sound the alarm in Beth‐aven: “Look behind you, O Benjamin!”* 9Ephraim shall become a waste on the day of chastisement: Against the tribes of Israel I announce what is sure to be. 10The princes of Judah have become like those that move a boundary line;* Upon them I will pour out my wrath like water. g Dt 19, 14; 27, 17 .

11Is Ephraim maltreated, his rights violated? No, he has willingly gone after filth!* 12I am like a moth for Ephraim, like maggots* for the house of Judah. 13When Ephraim saw his infirmity, and Judah his sore, Ephraim went to Assyria, and Judah sent to the great king.* But he cannot heal you nor take away your sore. 14For I am like a lion to Ephraim, like a young lion to the house of Judah; It is I who rend the prey and depart, I carry it away and no one can save it from me.

Insincere Conversion

15I will go back to my place until they pay for their guilt and seek my presence.*

Notes:

f: Mi 3, 1 .

g: Dt 19, 14; 27, 17 .

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