Ephraim’s sins provoke the Lord—There is no Savior beside the Lord—He ransoms from the grave and redeems from death.
1 When Ephraim spake trembling, he exalted himself in Israel; but when he aoffended in Baal, he died.
2 And now they sin more and more, and have made them molten aimages 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.
3 Therefore they shall be as the morning cloud, and as the early dew that passeth away, as the achaff that is driven with the whirlwind out of the floor, and as the smoke out of the chimney.
4 Yet I am the Lord thy God from the land of Egypt, and thou shalt know no agod but me: for there is no bsaviour cbeside me.
5 ¶ I did aknow thee in the wilderness, in the land of great bdrought.
6 According to their pasture, so were they afilled; they were filled, and their heart was exalted; therefore have they bforgotten me.
7 Therefore I will be unto them as a lion: as a leopard by the way will I observe them:
8 I will meet them as a abear that is bereaved of her whelps, and will rend the bcaul of their heart, and there will I devour them like a lion: the wild beast shall tear them.
9 ¶ O Israel, thou hast adestroyed thyself; but in me is thine bhelp.
10 I will be thy aking: where is any other that may save thee in all thy cities? and thy judges of whom thou saidst, Give me a bking and princes?
11 I gave thee a king in mine aanger, and btook him away in my wrath.
12 The iniquity of Ephraim is bound up; his sin is hid.
13 The asorrows of a btravailing woman shall come upon him: he is an unwise son; for he should not stay long in the place of the cbreaking forth of children.
14 I will aransom them from the power of the bgrave; I will credeem them from death: O ddeath, I will be thy eplagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction: frepentance shall be hid from mine eyes.
15 ¶ Though he be fruitful among his brethren, an east awind 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.
16 aSamaria shall become desolate; for she hath rebelled against her God: they shall fall by the sword: their infants shall be bdashed in pieces, and their women with child shall be ripped up.