It was I who fed a you in the wilderness, in the land of drought.
When I fed b them, they were satisfied; they were satisfied, and their heart was proud; therefore they forgot me.
So I will become like a lion to them, like a leopard I will lurk beside the way.
I will fall upon them like a bear robbed of her cubs, and will tear open the covering of their heart; there I will devour them like a lion, as a wild animal would mangle them.
I will destroy you, O Israel; who can help you? c10
Where now is d 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 e your plagues? O Sheol, where is f your destruction? Compassion is hidden from my eyes.
Although he may flourish among rushes, g 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.
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