Iniquity of Senseless Ephraim
1“When I would have healed Israel, the iniquity of Ephraim was uncovered, even the wickedness of Samaria, for they practice fraud. So a thief breaks in; a marauding band will raid outside.
2But they never admit in their heart that I remember all their evil. Now their deeds are all around them. They are right before My face.
3They gladden the king with their evil and the princes with their lies.
4All of them are practicing adultery, as an oven heated by a baker who stops stirring or kneading dough when it is leavened.
5On the day of our king, princes become sick from wine. His hand drags scorners along.
6For their hearts are like an oven, as they wait in ambush. All night their anger smolders. In the morning it burns like a blazing fire.
7All of them are hot like an oven, and they devour their rulers. All of their kings have fallen. None among them calls on Me.
8Ephraim mixes himself with the peoples. Ephraim has become a pancake that never gets turned over.
9Strangers devoured his strength— yet he does not know it. Gray hairs have spread on him— and he does not know it.
10Though the Pride of Israel has answered him to his face, yet they did not return to Adonai their God, nor seek Him about all this.
11Ephraim is like a senseless silly dove, they call to Egypt; they go to Assyria.
12As they are going, I will spread out My net over them, I will bring them down like a bird from the sky. I will chasten them as in the report that comes to their assembly.
13Oy to them! For they strayed from Me. Devastation to them! For they rebelled against Me. Should I redeem them after they spoke lies about Me?
14Nor did they not cry to Me in their heart when they were wailing on their beds. For the sake of grain and new wine they slash themselves— they keep turning away from Me.
15I trained and strengthened their arms, yet they kept planning evil against Me.
16They will turn back—only not upwards. They are like a treacherous bow. Their princes will fall by the sword because of the insolence with their tongues. This will be for their ridicule in the land of Egypt.