1“When I would have healed Israel,
   Then the iniquity of Ephraim was uncovered,
   And the wickedness of Samaria.
   For they have committed fraud;
   A thief comes in;
   A band of robbers takes spoil outside.
   2They do not consider in their hearts
   ThatI remember all their wickedness;
   Now their own deeds have surrounded them;
   They are before My face.
   3They make a king glad with their wickedness,
   And princes with their lies.
  4“Theyare all adulterers.
   Like an oven heated by a baker—
   He ceases stirring the fire after kneading the dough,
   Until it is leavened.
   5In the day of our king
   Princes have made him sick, inflamed with wine;
   He stretched out his hand with scoffers.
   6They prepare their heart like an oven,
   While they lie in wait;
   Their baker sleeps all night;
   In the morning it burns like a flaming fire.
   7They are all hot, like an oven,
   And have devoured their judges;
   All their kings have fallen.
   None among them calls upon Me.
  8“Ephraim has mixed himself among the peoples;
   Ephraim is a cake unturned.
   9Aliens have devoured his strength,
   But he does not know it;
   Yes, gray hairs are here and there on him,
   Yet he does not know it.
   10And the pride of Israel testifies to his face,
   But they do not return to the Lord their God,
   Nor seek Him for all this.

Futile Reliance on the Nations

  11“Ephraim also is like a silly dove, without sense—
   They call to Egypt,
   They go to Assyria.
   12Wherever they go, I will spread My net on them;
   I will bring them down like birds of the air;
   I will chastise them
   According to what their congregation has heard.
  13“Woe to them, for they have fled from Me!
   Destruction to them,
   Because they have transgressed against Me!
   Though I redeemed them,
   Yet they have spoken lies against Me.
   14They did not cry out to Me with their heart
   When they wailed upon their beds.
  “They assemble together for grain and new wine,
   They rebel against Me;
   15Though I disciplined and strengthened their arms,
   Yet they devise evil against Me;
   16They return, but not to the Most High;
   They are like a treacherous bow.
   Their princes shall fall by the sword
   For the cursings of their tongue.
   This shall be their derision in the land of Egypt.