In the past, when the tribe of Ephraim spoke, the other tribes of Israel were afraid; they looked up to Ephraim. But the people sinned by worshiping Baal, and for this they will die.
They still keep on sinning by making metal images to worship - idols of silver, designed by human minds, made by human hands. And then they say, "Offer sacrifices to them!" How can anyone kiss those idols - idols in the shape of bulls! a3
And so these people will disappear like morning mist, like the dew that vanishes early in the day. They will be like chaff which the wind blows from the threshing place, like smoke from a chimney.
The Lord says, "I am the Lord your God, who led you out of Egypt. You have no God but me. I alone am your savior.
I took care of you in a dry, desert land. 16
But when you entered the good land, you became full and satisfied, and then you grew proud and forgot me.
So I will attack you like a lion. Like a leopard I will lie in wait along your path.