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.30