When Ephraimspaketrembling, he exalted himself in Israel; but when he offended in Baal, he died .
And now they sina more and more , and have made them molten images of their silver, and idols according to their own understanding, all of it the work of the craftsmen: they say of them, Let the men that sacrificekiss the calves.3
Therefore they shall be as the morningcloud, and as the earlydew that passeth away , as the chaff that is driven with the whirlwind out of the floor, and as the smoke out of the chimney.4
Yet I am the LORD thy God from the land of Egypt, and thou shalt know no god but me: for there is no saviour beside me.5
I did know thee in the wilderness, in the land of great drought.6
According to their pasture, so were they filled ; they were filled , and their heart was exalted ; therefore have they forgotten me.
Therefore I will be unto them as a lion: as a leopard by the way will I observe them:
I will meet them as a bear that is bereaved of her whelps, and will rend the caul of their heart, and there will I devour them like a lion: the wildbbeast shall tear them.
O Israel, thou hast destroyed thyself; but in me is thine help.10
I willc be thy king:where is any other that may save thee in all thy cities? and thy judges of whom thou saidst , Give me a king and princes?11
I gave thee a king in mine anger, and took him away in my wrath.12
The iniquity of Ephraim is bound up ; his sin is hid .
The sorrows of a travailing woman shall come upon him: he is an unwiseson; for he should not staylongd in the place of the breaking forth of children.14
I will ransom them from the powere of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction:repentance shall be hid from mine eyes.15
Though he be fruitful among his brethren, an east wind shall come , the wind of the LORD shall come up from the wilderness, and his spring shall become dry , and his fountain shall be dried up : he shall spoil the treasure of all pleasantfvessels.16Samaria shall become desolate ; for she hath rebelled against her God: they shall fall by the sword: their infants shall be dashed in pieces , and their women with child shall be ripped up .