8Blow the horn in Gibeah,
the trumpet in Ramah.
Sound the alarm at Beth-aven;
look behind you, Benjamin!9Ephraim shall become a desolation
in the day of punishment;
among the tribes of Israel
I declare what is sure.10The princes of Judah have become
like those who remove the landmark;
on them I will pour out
my wrath like water.11Ephraim is oppressed, crushed in judgment,
because he was determined to go after vanity.12Therefore I am like maggots to Ephraim,
and like rottenness to the house of Judah.13When Ephraim saw his sickness,
and Judah his wound,
then Ephraim went to Assyria,
and sent to the great king.
But he is not able to cure you
or heal your wound.14For I will be like a lion to Ephraim,
and like a young lion to the house of Judah.
I myself will tear and go away;
I will carry off, and no one shall rescue.15I will return again to my place
until they acknowledge their guilt and seek my face.
In their distress they will beg my favor:Chapter 6A Call to Repentance
1“Come, let us return to the Lord;
for it is he who has torn, and he will heal us;
he has struck down, and he will bind us up.2After two days he will revive us;
on the third day he will raise us up,
that we may live before him.3Let us know, let us press on to know the Lord;
his appearing is as sure as the dawn;
he will come to us like the showers,
like the spring rains that water the earth.”Impenitence of Israel and Judah
4What shall I do with you, O Ephraim?
What shall I do with you, O Judah?
Your love is like a morning cloud,
like the dew that goes away early.