13 When Ephraim spoke, people trembled;l
he was exaltedm in Israel.
But he became guilty of Baal worshipn and died.
cleverly fashioned images,
all of them the work of craftsmen.q
It is said of these people,
“They offer human sacrifices!
like the early dew that disappears,t
like smokew escaping through a window.
ever since you came out of Egypt.x
no Saviora except me.
5 I cared for you in the wilderness,b
in the land of burning heat.
when they were satisfied, they became proud;c
7 So I will be like a lionf to them,
like a leopard I will lurk by the path.
8 Like a bear robbed of her cubs,g
I will attack them and rip them open;
like a lionh I will devour them—
a wild animal will tear them apart.i
10 Where is your king,l that he may save you?
Where are your rulers in all your towns,
of whom you said,
‘Give me a king and princes’?m
11 So in my anger I gave you a king,n
and in my wrath I took him away.o
his sins are kept on record.p
13 Pains as of a woman in childbirthq come to him,
but he is a child without wisdom;
when the timer arrives,
he doesn’t have the sense to come out of the womb.s
14 “I will deliver this people from the power of the grave;t
I will redeem them from death.u
Where, O death, are your plagues?
Where, O grave, is your destruction?v
“I will have no compassion,
15 even though he thrivesw among his brothers.
An east windx from the Lord will come,
blowing in from the desert;
his spring will fail
and his well dry up.y
His storehouse will be plunderedz
of all its treasures.
because they have rebelledc against their God.
They will fall by the sword;d
their little ones will be dashede to the ground,
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