"She will pursue her lovers, but she will not overtake them; And she will seek them, but will not find them. Then she will say, 'I will go back to my first husband, For it was better for me then than now !'
As for My sacrificial gifts, They sacrifice the flesh and eat it, But the LORD has taken no delight in them. Now He will remember their iniquity, And punish them for their sins ; They will return to Egypt.
Their heart is faithless ; Now they must bear their guilt. The LORD will break down their altars And destroy their sacred pillars.
Surely now they will say, "We have no king, For we do not revere the LORD. As for the king, what can he do for us?"
And now they sin more and more, And make for themselves molten images, Idols skillfully made from their silver, All of them the work of craftsmen. They say of them, "Let the men who sacrifice kiss the calves !"