What will you do1 on the day of your appointed feasts,2 on the festival days of the LORD?
Even if they escape from destruction, Egypt will gather them,3 and Memphis4 will bury them.5 Their treasures of silver6 will be taken over by briers, and thorns7 will overrun their tents.
The days of punishment8 are coming, the days of reckoning9 are at hand. Let Israel know this. Because your sins10 are so many and your hostility so great, the prophet is considered a fool,11 the inspired man a maniac.128
The prophet, along with my God, is the watchman over Ephraim,a yet snares13 await him on all his paths, and hostility in the house of his God.149
They have sunk deep into corruption,15 as in the days of Gibeah.16 God will remember17 their wickedness and punish them for their sins.1810
"When I found Israel, it was like finding grapes in the desert; when I saw your fathers, it was like seeing the early fruit19 on the fig20 tree. But when they came to Baal Peor,21 they consecrated themselves to that shameful idol22 and became as vile as the thing they loved.
Ephraim's glory23 will fly away like a bird24-- no birth, no pregnancy, no conception.2512
Even if they rear children, I will bereave26 them of every one. Woe27 to them when I turn away from them!2813
I have seen Ephraim,29 like Tyre, planted in a pleasant place.30 But Ephraim will bring out their children to the slayer."3114
Give them, O LORD-- what will you give them? Give them wombs that miscarry and breasts that are dry.3215
"Because of all their wickedness in Gilgal,33 I hated them there. Because of their sinful deeds,34 I will drive them out of my house. I will no longer love them;35 all their leaders are rebellious.36