When I 1would healIsrael, The iniquity of Ephraim is uncovered, And the evildeeds of Samaria, For they deal2falsely; The thiefenters in, 3Banditsraidoutside,
And they do not aconsider in their hearts That I 4rememberall their wickedness. Now their 5deeds are allaround them; They are before My face.
36With their wickedness they make the 7kingglad, And the princes with their 8lies.
They are 9alladulterers, Like an ovenheated by the baker Who ceases to stir up the fire From the kneading of the doughuntil it is leavened.
On the bday of our king, the princes10becamesick with the heat of wine; He stretched out his hand with 11scoffers,
For their hearts are like an 12oven As they approach their cplotting; Their dangeresmoldersallnight, In the morning it burns like a flamingfire.
7All of them are hot like an oven, And they consume their 13rulers; All their kings have fallen. 14None of them calls on Me.
8Ephraim15mixeshimself with the fnations; Ephraim has become a cake not turned.
916Strangersdevour his strength, Yet he 17does not know it; Grayhairsalso are sprinkled on him, Yet he does not know it.
Though the 18pride of Israeltestifiesagainst him, Yet 19they have not returned to the LORD their God, Nor have they sought Him, for allthis.
So 20Ephraim has become like a sillydove, 21withoutgsense; They call to 22Egypt, they go to 23Assyria.
12When they go, I will 24spread My netover them; I will bring them down like the birds of the sky. I will 25chastise them in accordance with the hproclamation to their assembly.
1326Woe to them, for they have 27strayed from Me! Destruction is theirs, for they have rebelled against Me! I 28would redeem them, but they speakliesagainst Me.
And 29they do not cry to Me from their heartWhen they wail on their beds; For the sake of grain and newwine they i30assemble themselves, They 31turnaway from Me.
Although I trained and strengthened their arms, Yet they 32deviseevilagainst Me.
They turn, but not jupward, They are like a 33deceitfulbow; Their princes will fall by the swordBecause of the k34insolence of their tongue. This will be their 35derision in the land of Egypt.