When I please, I will punish1 them; nations will be gathered against them to put them in bonds for their double sin.
Ephraim is a trained heifer that loves to thresh; so I will put a yoke2 on her fair neck. I will drive Ephraim, Judah must plow, and Jacob must break up the ground.
Sow3 for yourselves righteousness,4 reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground;5 for it is time to seek6 the LORD, until he comes and showers righteousness7 on you.
But you have planted wickedness, you have reaped evil,8 you have eaten the fruit of deception.9 Because you have depended on your own strength and on your many warriors,1014
the roar of battle will rise against your people, so that all your fortresses will be devastated11-- as Shalman12 devastated Beth Arbel on the day of battle, when mothers were dashed to the ground with their children.1315
Thus will it happen to you, O Bethel, because your wickedness is great. When that day dawns, the king of Israel will be completely destroyed.14