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 in Baal, he died.
2 And now they sin more and more, and have made them molten 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 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 but me: for there is no me.
5 ¶ I did thee in the wilderness, in the land of great .
6 According to their pasture, so were they ; they were filled, and their heart was exalted; therefore have they 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 that is bereaved of her whelps, and will rend the of their heart, and there will I devour them like a lion: the wild beast shall tear them.
9 ¶ O Israel, thou hast thyself; but in me is thine .
10 I will be thy : where is any other that may save thee in all thy cities? and thy judges of whom thou saidst, Give me a and princes?
11 I gave thee a king in mine , and him away in my wrath.
12 The iniquity of Ephraim is bound up; his sin is hid.
13 The of a woman shall come upon him: he is an unwise son; for he should not stay long in the place of the forth of children.
14 I will them from the power of the ; I will them from death: O , I will be thy ; O grave, I will be thy destruction: shall be hid from mine eyes.
15 ¶ Though he be fruitful among his brethren, an east 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 shall become desolate; for she hath rebelled against her God: they shall fall by the sword: their infants shall be in pieces, and their women with child shall be ripped up.