When Ephraim spake trembling, he exalted himself in Israel; but when he offended in
Baal, he died.
And now they sin more and more, and have made them molten images of their silver,
and idols according to their own understanding, all of it the work of the craftsmen:
they say of them, Let the men that sacrifice kiss the calves.
Therefore they shall be as the morning cloud and as the early dew that passeth
away, as the chaff that is driven with the whirlwind out of the floor, and as the smoke
out of the chimney.
Yet I am the LORD thy God from the land of Egypt, and thou shalt know no god but
me: for there is no saviour beside me.
I did know thee in the wilderness, in the land of great drought.
According to their pasture, so were they filled; they were filled, and their heart
was exalted; therefore have they forgotten me.
Therefore I will be unto them as a lion: as a leopard by the way will I observe
I will meet them as a bear that is bereaved of her whelps, and will rend the caul
of their heart, and there will I devour them like a lion: the wild beast shall tear
O Israel, thou hast destroyed thyself; but in me is thine help.
I will be thy king: where is any other that may save thee in all thy cities? and
thy judges of whom thou saidst, Give me a king and princes?
I gave thee a king in mine anger, and took him away in my wrath.
The iniquity of Ephraim is bound up; his sin is hid.
The sorrows of a travailing woman shall come upon him: he is an unwise son; for he
should not stay long in the place of the breaking forth of children.
I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O
death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction: repentance shall be
hid from mine eyes.
Though he be fruitful among his brethren, an east wind shall come, the wind of the
LORD shall come up from the wilderness, and his spring shall become dry, and his
fountain shall be dried up: he shall spoil the treasure of all pleasant vessels.
Samaria shall become desolate; for she hath rebelled against her God: they shall
fall by the sword: their infants shall be dashed in pieces, and their women with child
shall be ripped up.