Ephraim has become like a dove, silly and without sense; they call upon Egypt, they go to Assyria.
As they go, I will cast my net over them; I will bring them down like birds of the air; I will discipline them according to the report made to their assembly. a13
Woe to them, for they have strayed from me! Destruction to them, for they have rebelled against me! I would redeem them, but they speak lies against me.
They do not cry to me from the heart, but they wail upon their beds; they gash themselves for grain and wine; they rebel against me.
It was I who trained and strengthened their arms, yet they plot evil against me.
They turn to that which does not profit; b they have become like a defective bow; their officials shall fall by the sword because of the rage of their tongue. So much for their babbling in the land of Egypt.
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