bhe was exalted in Israel,
but he incurred guilt cthrough Baal and died.
and dmake for themselves metal images,
eall of them the work of craftsmen.
“Those who offer human sacrifice fkiss calves!”
3 Therefore they shall be glike the morning mist
or glike the dew that goes early away,
hlike the chaff that swirls from the threshing floor
or ilike smoke from a window.
4 But jI am the Lord your God
kyou know no God but me,
and lbesides me there is no savior.
5 mIt was I who knew you in the wilderness,
othey were filled, and their heart was lifted up;
otherefore they forgot me.
7 So pI am to them like a lion;
qlike a leopard I will lurk beside the way.
8 I will fall upon them rlike a bear robbed of her cubs;
sas a wild beast would rip them open.
9 He destroys2 you, O Israel,
for you are against me, against tyour helper.
10 uWhere now is your king, to save you in all your cities?
those of whom vyou said,
11 wI gave you a king in my anger,
and xI took him away in my wrath.
12 The iniquity of Ephraim is ybound up;
his sin is ykept in store.
13 zThe pangs of childbirth come for him,
aat the opening of the womb.
14 bShall I ransom them from the power of Sheol?
bShall I redeem them from Death?
eCompassion is hidden from my eyes.
15 Though fhe may flourish among his brothers,
gthe east wind, the wind of the Lord, shall come,
hand his fountain shall dry up;
it shall strip ihis treasury
because kshe has rebelled against her God;
ltheir little ones shall be dashed in pieces,
and their mpregnant women ripped open.