So I will come upon them like a lion,1 like a leopard I will lurk by the path.
Like a bear robbed of her cubs,2 I will attack them and rip them open. Like a lion3 I will devour them; a wild animal will tear them apart.49
"You are destroyed, O Israel, because you are against me,5 against your helper.610
Where is your king,7 that he may save you? Where are your rulers in all your towns, of whom you said, 'Give me a king and princes'?811
So in my anger I gave you a king,9 and in my wrath I took him away.1012
The guilt of Ephraim is stored up, his sins are kept on record.1113
Pains as of a woman in childbirth12 come to him, but he is a child without wisdom; when the time13 arrives, he does not come to the opening of the womb.1414
"I will ransom them from the power of the gravea;15 I will redeem them from death.16 Where, O death, are your plagues? Where, O grave,b is your destruction?17 "I will have no compassion,
even though he thrives18 among his brothers. An east wind19 from the LORD will come, blowing in from the desert; his spring will fail and his well dry up.20 His storehouse will be plundered21 of all its treasures.
The people of Samaria22 must bear their guilt,23 because they have rebelled24 against their God. They will fall by the sword;25 their little ones will be dashed26 to the ground, their pregnant women27 ripped open."