7 xwhen I would heal Israel,
the iniquity of Ephraim is revealed,
and the evil deeds of ySamaria,
for zthey deal falsely;
the thief breaks in,
and the bandits raid outside.
that aI remember all their evil.
Now btheir deeds surround them;
cthey are before my face.
3 By their evil dthey make dthe king glad,
and the princes by their treachery.
4 eThey are all adulterers;
they are like a heated oven
whose baker ceases to stir the fire,
from the kneading of the dough
until it is leavened.
5 On the day of four king, the princes
became sick with the heat of wine;
he stretched out his hand with mockers.
6 For with hearts like an oven gthey approach their intrigue;
all night their anger smolders;
in the morning it blazes like a flaming fire.
7 All of them are hot as an oven,
and they devour their rulers.
All htheir kings ihave fallen,
and none of them calls upon me.
8 Ephraim jmixes himself with the peoples;
Ephraim is a cake not turned.
9 kStrangers devour his strength,
and lhe knows it not;
gray hairs are sprinkled upon him,
and lhe knows it not.
10 mThe pride of Israel testifies to his face;1
nyet they do not return to the Lord their God,
nor seek him, for all this.
osilly and without sense,
calling to pEgypt, going to qAssyria.
12 As they go, rI will spread over them my net;
I will bring them down like birds of the heavens;
sI will discipline them taccording to the report made to their congregation.
13 uWoe to them, for they have strayed from me!
Destruction to them, for they have rebelled against me!
vI would redeem them,
but wthey speak lies against me.
14 xThey do not cry to me from the heart,
but ythey wail upon their beds;
for grain and wine they gash themselves;
they rebel against me.
15 Although zI trained and strengthened their arms,
yet they devise evil against me.
16 They areturn, but not upward;2
they are blike a treacherous bow;
their princes shall fall by the sword
because of cthe insolence of their tongue.
This shall be their derision din the land of Egypt.
Israel Will Reap the Whirlwind
8 Set ethe trumpet to your lips!
One flike a vulture is over the house of the Lord,
because gthey have transgressed my covenant
and rebelled against my law.
h“My God, we—Israel—know you.”
3 Israel has spurned the good;
the enemy shall pursue him.
4 iThey made kings, jbut not through me.
They set up princes, but I knew it not.
With their silver and gold they made idols
for their own destruction.
5 kI have1 spurned your calf, O Samaria.
My anger burns against them.
lHow long will they be incapable of innocence?
a craftsman made it;
it is not God.
kThe calf of Samaria
7 For nthey sow the wind,
and they shall reap the whirlwind.
The standing grain has no heads;
it shall yield no flour;
if it were to yield,
ostrangers would devour it.
8 pIsrael is swallowed up;
already they are among the nations
as qa useless vessel.
9 For rthey have gone up to Assyria,
sa wild donkey wandering alone;
Ephraim has hired lovers.
10 Though they hire allies among the nations,
I will soon gather them up.
And tthe king and princes ushall soon writhe
because of the tribute.
11 Because Ephraim vhas multiplied altars for sinning,
they have become to him altars for sinning.
12 wWere I to write for him my laws by the ten thousands,
they would be regarded as a strange thing.
13 As for my sacrificial offerings,
xthey sacrifice meat and eat it,
but the Lord does not accept them.
yNow he will remember their iniquity
and punish their sins;
zthey shall return to Egypt.
14 For aIsrael has forgotten bhis Maker
and cbuilt palaces,
and aJudah has multiplied fortified cities;
so dI will send a fire upon his cities,
and it shall devour her strongholds.
9 Rejoice not, O Israel!
Exult not like the peoples;
efor you have played the whore, forsaking your God.
fYou have loved a prostitute’s wages
on all threshing floors.
2 gThreshing floor and wine vat shall not feed them,
and gthe new wine shall fail them.
3 They shall not remain in hthe land of the Lord,
but iEphraim shall return to Egypt,
and jthey shall eat unclean food in Assyria.
4 kThey shall not pour drink offerings of wine to the Lord,
land their sacrifices shall not please him.
It shall be like mmourners’ bread to them;
all who eat of it shall be defiled;
for their bread shall be for their hunger only;
nit shall not come to the house of the Lord.
5 oWhat will you do on the day of the appointed festival,
and on the day of the feast of the Lord?
6 For behold, they are going away from destruction;
but pEgypt shall gather them;
Memphis shall bury them.
Nettles shall possess qtheir precious things of silver;
rthorns shall be in their tents.
7 sThe days of punishment have come;
the days of recompense have come;
Israel shall know it.
tThe prophet is a fool;
the man of the spirit is mad,
because of your great iniquity
and great hatred.
8 The prophet is uthe watchman of Ephraim with my God;
yet va fowler’s snare is on all his ways,
and hatred in the house of his God.
9 wThey have deeply corrupted themselves
as xin the days of Gibeah:
whe will remember their iniquity;
he will punish their sins.
10 Like grapes in the wilderness,
yI found Israel.
Like the first fruit on the fig tree
in its first season,
I saw your fathers.
But zthey came to Baal-peor
and aconsecrated themselves to the thing of shame,
and bbecame detestable like the thing they loved.
11 Ephraim’s cglory shall fly away like a bird—
dno birth, no pregnancy, no conception!
12 eEven if they bring up children,
I will bereave them till none is left.
fWoe to them
when gI depart from them!
13 Ephraim, has I have seen, was like a young palm1 planted in a meadow;
but eEphraim must lead his children out to slaughter.2
what will you give?
Give them ia miscarrying womb
and dry breasts.
15 Every evil of theirs is in jGilgal;
there I began to hate them.
Because of the wickedness of their deeds
I will drive them out of my house.
I will love them no more;
all ktheir princes are lrebels.
mtheir root is dried up;
they shall bear no fruit.
Even nthough they give birth,
eI will put their beloved children to death.
17 oMy God will reject them
because they have not listened to him;
pthey shall be wanderers among the nations.
Or in his presence
Or to the Most High
Hebrew He has
Or shall go up in flames
Or like Tyre
Hebrew to him who slaughters