1 When Ephraim spoke, people trembled; ¶ he was exalted in Israel. ¶ But he became guilty of Baal worship and died.
2 Now they sin more and more; they make idols for themselves from their silver, ¶ cleverly fashioned images, ¶ all of them the work of craftsmen. ¶ It is said of these people, ¶ "They offer human sacrifices! ¶ They kiss [^1] calf-idols!"
3 Therefore they will be like the morning mist, like the early dew that disappears, ¶ like chaff swirling from a threshing floor, ¶ like smoke escaping through a window.
4 "But I have been the LORD your God ¶ ever since you came out of Egypt. ¶ You shall acknowledge no God but me, ¶ no Savior except me.
5 I cared for you in the wilderness, in the land of burning heat.
6 When I fed them, they were satisfied; when they were satisfied, they became proud; ¶ then they forgot me.
7 So I will be like a lion to them, like a leopard I will lurk by the path.
8 Like a bear robbed of her cubs, I will attack them and rip them open; ¶ like a lion I will devour them — ¶ a wild animal will tear them apart.
9 "You are destroyed, Israel, ¶ because you are against me, against your helper.
10 Where is your king, that he may save you? Where are your rulers in all your towns, ¶ of whom you said, ¶ 'Give me a king and princes'?
11 So in my anger I gave you a king, and in my wrath I took him away.
12 The guilt of Ephraim is stored up, his sins are kept on record.
13 Pains as of a woman in childbirth come to him, but he is a child without wisdom; ¶ when the time arrives, ¶ he doesn't have the sense to come out of the womb.
14 "I will deliver this people from the power of the grave; ¶ I will redeem them from death. ¶ Where, O death, are your plagues? ¶ Where, O grave, is your destruction? ¶ "I will have no compassion,
15 even though he thrives among his brothers. ¶ An east wind from the LORD will come, ¶ blowing in from the desert; ¶ his spring will fail ¶ and his well dry up. ¶ His storehouse will be plundered ¶ of all its treasures.
16 The people of Samaria must bear their guilt, because they have rebelled against their God. ¶ They will fall by the sword; ¶ their little ones will be dashed to the ground, ¶ their pregnant women ripped open." [^2]