11When Ephraimaspoke, there was trembling. He 2exaltedhimself in Israel, But through 3Baal he bdidwrong and died.
And now they sinmore and more, And make for themselves 4moltenimages, Idolsc5skillfully made from their silver, All of them the 6work of craftsmen. They say of them, "Let the dmen who sacrificekiss the 7calves !"
3Therefore they will be like the 8morningcloud And like dew which esoondisappears, Like 9chaff which is blownaway from the threshingfloor And like 10smoke from a fchimney.
Yet I have been the 11LORD your GodSince the land of Egypt ; And you were not to know12any godexcept Me, For there is nosavior13besides Me.
I g14cared for you in the wilderness, 15In the land of drought.
As they had their pasture, they became16satisfied, And beingsatisfied, their 17heartbecameproud ; Therefore they 18forgot Me.
So I will be 19like a lion to them; Like a 20leopard I will hlie in wait by the wayside.
I will encounter them 21like a bearrobbed of her cubs, And I will tear open itheir chests ; There I will also 22devour them like a lioness, As a wildbeast would tear them.
It is your destruction, O Israel, jThat you are 23against Me, against your 24help.
10Wherenow is your 25king That he may save you in all your cities, And your 26judges of whom you krequested, "Give me a king and princes "?
I 27gave you a king in My anger And 28took him away in My wrath.
The iniquity of Ephraim is bound up; His sin is 29stored up.
The pains of 30childbirthcome upon him; He is 31not a wiseson, For lit is not the time that he should 32delay at the opening of the womb.
Shall I 33ransom them from the mpower of Sheol ? Shall I redeem them from death ? 34O Death, where are your thorns ? O Sheol, where is your sting ? 35Compassion will be hidden from My sight.
15Though he 36flourishesamong the nreeds, An 37eastwind will come, The wind of the LORDcoming up from the wilderness ; And his fountain will 38becomedry And his spring will be dried up; It will 39plunder his treasury of everypreciousarticle.
16oSamaria will be held40guilty, For she has 41rebelled against her God. 42They will fall by the 43sword, Their littleones will be 44dashed in pieces, And their pregnant45women will be rippedopen.