8 “Sound the alarm in Gibeah! Blow the trumpet in Ramah! Raise the battle cry in Beth-aven[a]! Lead on into battle, O warriors of Benjamin! 9 One thing is certain, Israel[b]: On your day of punishment, you will become a heap of rubble.
10 “The leaders of Judah have become like thieves.[c] So I will pour my anger on them like a waterfall. 11 The people of Israel will be crushed and broken by my judgment because they are determined to worship idols.[d] 12 I will destroy Israel as a moth consumes wool. I will make Judah as weak as rotten wood.
13 “When Israel and Judah saw how sick they were, Israel turned to Assyria— to the great king there— but he could neither help nor cure them. 14 I will be like a lion to Israel, like a strong young lion to Judah. I will tear them to pieces! I will carry them off, and no one will be left to rescue them. 15 Then I will return to my place until they admit their guilt and turn to me. For as soon as trouble comes, they will earnestly search for me.”
5:8Beth-aven means “house of wickedness”; it is being used as another name for Bethel, which means “house of God.”
5:9Hebrew Ephraim, referring to the northern kingdom of Israel; also in 5:11, 12, 13, 14.
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