13 “When Eʹphra·im spoke, there was trembling; he himself carried [weight] in Israel.+ But he proceeded to become guilty in regard to Baʹal+ and die.+ 2 And now they commit additional sin and make for themselves a molten statue from their silver,+ idols according to their own understanding,+ the work of craftsmen, all of it.+ To them they are saying, ‘Let the sacrificers who are men* kiss mere calves.’+ 3 Therefore they will become like the clouds of morning+ and like the dew that early goes away; like chaff that is stormed away from the threshing floor+ and like smoke from the [roof] hole. 4 “But I am Jehovah your God* from the land of Egypt,+ and there was no God except me that you used to know; and there was no savior but I.+ 5 I myself knew you in the wilderness,+ in the land of fevers.*+ 6 According to their pasturage they also came to be satisfied.+ They became satisfied and their heart began to be exalted.+ That is why they forgot me.+ 7 And I shall become to them like a young lion.+ Like a leopard by [the] way I shall keep looking.+ 8 I shall encounter them like a bear that has lost its cubs,+ and I shall rip apart the enclosure of their heart. And I shall devour them there like a lion;+ a wild beast of the field itself will tear them to pieces.+ 9 It will certainly bring you to ruin,+ O Israel, because it was against me, against your helper.+ 10 “Where, then, is your king, that he may save you in all your cities,+ and your judges, [concerning] whom you said, ‘Do give me a king and princes’?+ 11 I proceeded to give you a king in my anger,+ and I shall take [him] away in my fury.+ 12 “The error of Eʹphra·im is wrapped up, his sin is treasured up.+ 13 The labor pangs of a woman giving birth are what will come to him.+ He is a son not wise,+ for in season he will not stand still at the breaking forth of sons [from the womb].+ 14 “From the hand of Sheʹol* I shall redeem them;+ from death* I shall recover them.*+ Where are your stings, O Death?+ Where is your destructiveness, O Sheʹol?*+ Compassion itself will be concealed from my eyes.+ 15 “In case he himself as the son of reed plants should show fruitfulness,+ an east wind, the wind* of Jehovah, will come.+ From a wilderness it is coming up, and it will dry up his well and drain his spring.+ That one will pillage the treasure of all desirable articles.+ 16 “Sa·marʹi·a will be held guilty,+ for she is actually rebellious against her God.*+ By the sword they will fall.+ Their own children will be dashed to pieces,+ and their pregnant women themselves will be ripped up.”+
^ Lit., “sacrificers of earthling man [Heb., ʼa·dhamʹ].”
^ “Your God.” Heb., ʼElo·heyʹkha.
^ Or, “droughts.”
^ “Sheol.” Heb., sheʼohlʹ; Gr., haiʹdou; Lat., morʹtis, “death.” See App 4B.
^ “From death.” Heb., mim·maʹweth; Gr., ek tha·naʹtou; Lat., de morʹte.
^ Or, “I shall repurchase them.” Heb., ʼegh·ʼa·lemʹ.
^ “O Sheol.” Heb., sheʼohlʹ; Gr., haiʹde; Lat., in·ferʹne.
^ “Against her God.” Heb., bEʼ·lo·heyʹha.