whenever I would heal Israel, the sins of Ephraim are exposed and the crimes of Samaria revealed.1 They practice deceit,2 thieves break into houses,3 bandits rob in the streets;42
but they do not realize that I remember5 all their evil deeds.6 Their sins engulf them;7 they are always before me.
"They delight the king with their wickedness, the princes with their lies.84
They are all adulterers,9 burning like an oven whose fire the baker need not stir from the kneading of the dough till it rises.
On the day of the festival of our king the princes become inflamed with wine,10 and he joins hands with the mockers.116
Their hearts are like an oven;12 they approach him with intrigue. Their passion smolders all night; in the morning it blazes like a flaming fire.
All of them are hot as an oven; they devour their rulers. All their kings fall,13 and none of them calls14 on me.
"Ephraim mixes15 with the nations; Ephraim is a flat loaf not turned over.
Foreigners sap his strength,16 but he does not realize it. His hair is sprinkled with gray, but he does not notice.
Israel's arrogance testifies against him,17 but despite all this he does not return18 to the LORD his God or search19 for him.
"Ephraim is like a dove,20 easily deceived and senseless-- now calling to Egypt,21 now turning to Assyria.2212
When they go, I will throw my net23 over them; I will pull them down like the birds in the sky. When I hear them flocking together, I will catch them.
Woe24 to them, because they have strayed25 from me! Destruction to them, because they have rebelled against me! I long to redeem them but they speak about me26 falsely.2714
They do not cry out to me from their hearts28 but wail on their beds. They slash themselves,a appealing to their gods for grain and new wine,29 but they turn away from me.3015
I trained31 them and strengthened their arms, but they plot evil32 against me.
They do not turn to the Most High;33 they are like a faulty bow.34 Their leaders will fall by the sword because of their insolent35 words. For this they will be ridiculed36 in the land of Egypt.37