When Ephraim spoke, men trembled;1 he was exalted2 in Israel. But he became guilty of Baal worship3 and died.
Now they sin more and more; they make4 idols for themselves from their silver,5 cleverly fashioned images, all of them the work of craftsmen.6 It is said of these people, "They offer human sacrifice and kissa7 the calf-idols.8"
Therefore they will be like the morning mist, like the early dew that disappears,9 like chaff10 swirling from a threshing floor,11 like smoke12 escaping through a window.
"But I am the LORD your God, [who brought you] out ofb Egypt.13 You shall acknowledge14 no God but me,15 no Savior16 except me.
I cared for you in the desert,17 in the land of burning heat.
When I fed them, they were satisfied; when they were satisfied, they became proud;18 then they forgot19 me.207
So I will come upon them like a lion,21 like a leopard I will lurk by the path.
Like a bear robbed of her cubs,22 I will attack them and rip them open. Like a lion23 I will devour them; a wild animal will tear them apart.249
"You are destroyed, O Israel, because you are against me,25 against your helper.2610
Where is your king,27 that he may save you? Where are your rulers in all your towns, of whom you said, 'Give me a king and princes'?2811
So in my anger I gave you a king,29 and in my wrath I took him away.3012
The guilt of Ephraim is stored up, his sins are kept on record.3113
Pains as of a woman in childbirth32 come to him, but he is a child without wisdom; when the time33 arrives, he does not come to the opening of the womb.3414
"I will ransom them from the power of the gravec;35 I will redeem them from death.36 Where, O death, are your plagues? Where, O grave,d is your destruction?37 "I will have no compassion,
even though he thrives38 among his brothers. An east wind39 from the LORD will come, blowing in from the desert; his spring will fail and his well dry up.40 His storehouse will be plundered41 of all its treasures.
The people of Samaria42 must bear their guilt,43 because they have rebelled44 against their God. They will fall by the sword;45 their little ones will be dashed46 to the ground, their pregnant women47 ripped open."