The Lord’s Relentless Judgment on Israel
1When Ephraim spoke, there was trembling;
# [Amos 6:13] he was exalted in Israel,
but he incurred guilt #See ch. 11:2through Baal and died.
2And now they sin more and more,
and #ch. 2:8 make for themselves metal images,
idols skillfully made of their silver,
# [Ps. 115:4; Isa. 40:19, 20] all of them the work of craftsmen.
It is said of them,
“Those who offer human sacrifice #[1 Kgs. 19:18; Job 31:26, 27]kiss calves!”
3Therefore they shall be #ch. 6:4 like the morning mist
or #ch. 6:4 like the dew that goes early away,
# See Ps. 1:4 like the chaff that swirls from the threshing floor
or #See Ps. 68:2like smoke from a window.
4But #ch. 12:9 I am the Lord your God
from the land of Egypt;
# See Ex. 20:3 you know no God but me,
and #Isa. 43:11; 45:21besides me there is no savior.
Deut. 2:7; Amos 3:2 It was I who knew you in the wilderness,
in the land of drought;
6 # [ch. 4:7] but when they had grazed,#13:6 Hebrew according to their pasture they became full,
Deut. 8:12, 14; [Deut. 32:15] they were filled, and their heart was lifted up;
Deut. 8:12, 14; [Deut. 32:15] therefore they forgot me.
7So #ch. 5:14 I am to them like a lion;
like a leopard I will lurk beside the way.
8I will fall upon them #2 Sam. 17:8; Prov. 17:12 like a bear robbed of her cubs;
I will tear open their breast,
and there I will devour them like a lion,
# [ch. 2:12] as a wild beast would rip them open.
9He destroys#13:9 Or I will destroy you, O Israel,
for you are against me, against #[Deut. 33:26]your helper.
10 # [ch. 8:4; 10:3] Where now is your king, to save you in all your cities?
Where are all your rulers—
those of whom #1 Sam. 8:5, 19you said,
“Give me a king and princes”?
11 # [1 Sam. 8:22] I gave you a king in my anger,
and #[1 Sam. 15:23]I took him away in my wrath.
12The iniquity of Ephraim is #Job 14:17bound up;
his sin is #Job 14:17kept in store.
Isa. 13:8; 1 Thess. 5:3 The pangs of childbirth come for him,
but he is an unwise son,
for at the right time he does not present himself
# [2 Kgs. 19:3] at the opening of the womb.
Isa. 25:8; 26:19; Ezek. 37:12 I shall ransom them from the power of Sheol;
Isa. 25:8; 26:19; Ezek. 37:12 I shall redeem them from Death.#13:14 Or Shall I ransom them from the power of Sheol? Shall I redeem them from Death?
# [1 Cor. 15:55] O #[Ezek. 14:21] Death, where are your plagues?
# [1 Cor. 15:55] O #[Ezek. 14:21] Sheol, where is your sting?
# [Ezek. 9:10] Compassion is hidden from my eyes.
15Though #[Gen. 41:52] he may flourish among his brothers,
# [Ezek. 19:12; Jonah 4:8; Hab. 1:9] the east wind, the wind of the Lord, shall come,
rising from the wilderness,
# [Ezek. 17:10] and his fountain shall dry up;
his spring shall be parched;
it shall strip #[ch. 12:8]his treasury
of every precious thing.
16 # 13:16 Ch 14:1 in Hebrew Samaria #[Hab. 1:11] shall bear her guilt,
because #2 Kgs. 18:12 she has rebelled against her God;
they shall fall by the sword;
# [ch. 9:12; 10:14] their little ones shall be dashed in pieces,
and their #[2 Kgs. 8:12; 15:16; Amos 1:13]pregnant women ripped open.