When Ephraim spake15 trembling, he exalted1 himself in Israel; but when he offended4 in Baal, he died.4
And now they sin2 more and more,55 and have made4 them molten images of their silver, [and] idols according to their own understanding, all of it the work of the craftsmen: they say6 of them, Let the men that sacrifice6 kiss4 the calves.
Therefore they shall be as the morning cloud, and as the early56 dew that passeth away,6 as the chaff [that] is driven with the whirlwind29 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 know4 no god but me: for [there is] no saviour56 beside me.
I did know1 thee in the wilderness, in the land of great drought.
According to their pasture, so were they filled;4 they were filled,1 and their heart was exalted;4 therefore have they forgotten1 me.
Therefore I will be unto them as a lion: as a leopard by the way will I observe4 [them]:
I will meet4 them as a bear [that is] bereaved [of her whelps], and will rend4 the caul of their heart, and there will I devour4 them like a lion: the wild beast shall tear17 them.
O Israel, thou hast destroyed14 thyself; but in me [is] thine help.
I will be thy king: where [is any other] that may save55 thee in all thy cities? and thy judges6 of whom thou saidst,1 Give3 me a king and princes?
I gave4 thee a king in mine anger, and took [him] away4 in my wrath.
The iniquity of Ephraim [is] bound up;7 his sin [is] hid.7
The sorrows of a travailing woman6 shall come4 upon him: he [is] an unwise son; for he should not stay4 long in [the place of] the breaking forth of children.
I will ransom4 them from the power of the grave; I will redeem4 them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction: repentance shall be hid11 from mine eyes.
Though he be fruitful55 among [his] brethren, an east wind shall come,4 the wind of the LORD shall come up6 from the wilderness, and his spring shall become dry,4 and his fountain shall be dried up:4 he shall spoil4 the treasure of all pleasant vessels.
Samaria shall become desolate;4 for she hath rebelled1 against her God: they shall fall4 by the sword: their infants shall be dashed in pieces,29 and their women with child shall be ripped up.29