Where is your king,1 that he may save you? Where are your rulers in all your towns, of whom you said, 'Give me a king and princes'?211
So in my anger I gave you a king,3 and in my wrath I took him away.412
The guilt of Ephraim is stored up, his sins are kept on record.513
Pains as of a woman in childbirth6 come to him, but he is a child without wisdom; when the time7 arrives, he does not come to the opening of the womb.814
"I will ransom them from the power of the gravea;9 I will redeem them from death.10 Where, O death, are your plagues? Where, O grave,b is your destruction?11 "I will have no compassion,
even though he thrives12 among his brothers. An east wind13 from the LORD will come, blowing in from the desert; his spring will fail and his well dry up.14 His storehouse will be plundered15 of all its treasures.
The people of Samaria16 must bear their guilt,17 because they have rebelled18 against their God. They will fall by the sword;19 their little ones will be dashed20 to the ground, their pregnant women21 ripped open."