Ephraim’s Idolatry
1When Ephraim Or spoke with trembling, he exaltedspoke, there was trembling.
He exalted himself in Israel,
But through Baal he incurred guilt and died.
2And now they sin more and more,
And make for themselves cast metal images,
Idols Or according to their skillskillfully made from their silver,
All of them the work of craftsmen.
They say of them, “Let the Lit sacrificers of; or among mankindpeople who sacrifice kiss the calves!”
3Therefore they will be like the morning cloud
And like dew which Lit goes away earlysoon disappears,
Like chaff which is blown away from the threshing floor,
And like smoke from a chimney.
4Yet I have been the Lord your God
Since the land of Egypt;
And you were not to know any god except Me,
For there is no savior besides Me.
5I Or knewcared for you in the wilderness,
In the land of drought.
6As they had their pasture, they became satisfied,
And as they became satisfied, their heart became proud;
Therefore they forgot Me.
7So I will be like a lion to them;
Like a leopard I will Or watchlie in wait by the wayside.
8I will confront them like a bear deprived of her cubs,
And I will tear open Lit the enclosure of their hearttheir chests;
I will also devour them there like a lioness,
As a wild animal would tear them to pieces.
9 Lit It has destroyed you It is to your own destruction, Israel,
That you are against Me, against your help.
10Where then is your king,
That he might save you in all your cities;
And your judges, to whom you said,
“Give me a king and princes”?
11I gave you a king in My anger,
And took him away in My wrath.
12The guilt of Ephraim is wrapped up;
His sin is stored up.
13The pains of childbirth come on him;
He is not a wise son,
For Lit it is the time that he should not remain at the opening of childrenit is not the time that he should delay at the opening of the womb.
14Shall I ransom them from the Lit handpower of Sheol?
Shall I redeem them from death?
Death, where are your Or stingsthorns?
Sheol, where is your sting?
Compassion will be hidden from My sight.
15Though he flourishes among the Another reading is brothersreeds,
An east wind will come,
The wind of the Lord coming up from the wilderness;
And his fountain will become dry
And his spring will dry up;
It will plunder his treasury of every precious article.
16 Ch 14:1 in Heb Samaria will pay the penalty for her guilt,
Because she has rebelled against her God.
They will fall by the sword,
Their children will be Lit shatteredslaughtered,
And their pregnant women will be ripped open.