When Ephraim spoke, there was trembling; he was exalted in Israel. But he incurred guilt through Baal and died.
Now they continue to sin and make themselves a cast image, idols skillfully made from their silver, all of them the work of craftsmen. People say about them, "Let the men who sacrificea kiss the calves."
Therefore, they will be like the morning mist, like the early dew that vanishes, like chaff blown from a threshing floor, or like smoke from a window.
I have been the Lord your God ever sinceb the land of Egypt; you know no God but Me, and no Savior exists besides Me.
I knewc you in the wilderness, in the land of drought.
When they had pasture, they became satisfied; they were satisfied, and their hearts became proud. Therefore they forgot Me.
So I will be like a lion to them; I will lurk like a leopard on the path.
I will attack them like a bear robbed of her cubs and tear open the rib cage over their hearts. I will devour them there like a lioness, like a wild beast that would rip them open.
I will destroy you, Israel; you have no help but Me.d10
Where now is your king,e that he may save you in all your cities, and thef rulersg you demanded, saying: Give me a king and leaders?
I give you a king in My anger and take away [a king] in My wrath.
Ephraim's guilt is preserved; his sin is stored up.
Labor pains come on him. He is not a wise son; when the time comes, he will not be born.h14
I willi ransom them from the power of Sheol. I willj redeem them from death. Death, where are your barbs? Sheol, where is your sting?k Compassion is hidden from My eyes.
Although he flourishes among [his] brothers,l an east wind will come, a wind from the Lord rising up from the desert. His water source will fail, and his spring will run dry. The windm will plunder the treasury of every precious item.
16n Samaria will bear her guilt because she has rebelled against her God. They will fall by the sword; their little ones will be dashed to pieces, and their pregnant women ripped open.