Where now is a your king, that he may save you? Where in all your cities are your rulers, of whom you said, "Give me a king and rulers"?
I gave you a king in my anger, and I took him away in my wrath.
Ephraim's iniquity is bound up; his sin is kept in store.
The pangs of childbirth come for him, but he is an unwise son; for at the proper time he does not present himself at the mouth of the womb.
Shall I ransom them from the power of Sheol? Shall I redeem them from Death? O Death, where are b your plagues? O Sheol, where is c your destruction? Compassion is hidden from my eyes.
Although he may flourish among rushes, d the east wind shall come, a blast from the Lord, rising from the wilderness; and his fountain shall dry up, his spring shall be parched. It shall strip his treasury of every precious thing.
16e Samaria shall bear her guilt, because she has rebelled against her God; they shall fall by the sword, their little ones shall be dashed in pieces, and their pregnant women ripped open.
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