Lordís Anger Against Israel
13:1 When Ephraim spake trembling, he exalted
himself in Israel; but when he offended in Baal, he died.
13:2 And now they sin more and more, and have made them
molten images of their silver, and idols according to their
own understanding, all of it the work of the craftsmen: they
say of them, Let the men that sacrifice kiss the calves.
13:3 Therefore they shall be as the morning cloud and as
the early dew that passeth away, as the chaff that is driven
with the whirlwind out of the floor, and as the smoke out of
13:4 Yet I am the LORD thy God from the land of Egypt, and
thou shalt know no god but me: for there is no saviour
13:5 I did know thee in the wilderness, in the land of
13:6 According to their pasture, so were they filled; they
were filled, and their heart was exalted; therefore have
they forgotten me.
13:7 Therefore I will be unto them as a lion: as a leopard
by the way will I observe them:
13:8 I will meet them as a bear that is bereaved of her
whelps, and will rend the caul of their heart, and there
will I devour them like a lion: the wild beast shall tear
13:9 O Israel, thou hast destroyed thyself; but in me is
13:10 I will be thy king: where is any other that may save
thee in all thy cities? and thy judges of whom thou saidst,
Give me a king and princes?
13:11 I gave thee a king in mine anger, and took him away
in my wrath.
13:12 The iniquity of Ephraim is bound up; his sin is hid.
13:13 The sorrows of a travailing woman shall come upon
him: he is an unwise son; for he should not stay long in the
place of the breaking forth of children.
13:14 I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I
will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues;
O grave, I will be thy destruction: repentance shall be hid
from mine eyes.
13:15 Though he be fruitful among his brethren, an east
wind shall come, the wind of the LORD shall come up from the
wilderness, and his spring shall become dry, and his
fountain shall be dried up: he shall spoil the treasure of
all pleasant vessels.
13:16 Samaria shall become desolate; for she hath rebelled
against her God: they shall fall by the sword: their infants
shall be dashed in pieces, and their women with child shall
be ripped up.