I have been the Lord your God ever sincea the land of Egypt; you know no God but Me, and no Savior exists besides Me.
I knewb 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.c10
Where now is your king,d that he may save you in all your cities, and thee rulersf 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.g14
I willh ransom them from the power of Sheol. I willi redeem them from death. Death, where are your barbs? Sheol, where is your sting?j Compassion is hidden from My eyes.