13 1When Ephraim spoke, there was trembling; he was exalted in Israel. But he incurred guilt through Baal and died. 2Now they continue to sin and make themselves a cast image, idols skillfully made from their silver, all of them the work of craftsmen. People say about them, “Let the men who sacrifice[Q] kiss the calves.” 3Therefore, they will be like the morning mist, like the early dew that vanishes, like chaff blown from a threshing floor, or like smoke from a window. Death and Resurrection 4I have been Yahweh your God ever since[R] the land of Egypt; you know no God but Me, and no Savior exists besides Me. 5I knew[S] you in the wilderness, in the land of drought. 6When they had pasture, they became satisfied; they were satisfied, and their hearts became proud. Therefore they forgot Me. 7So I will be like a lion to them; I will lurk like a leopard on the path. 8I will attack them like a bear robbed of her cubs and tear open the rib cage over their hearts. I will devour them there like a lioness, like a wild beast that would rip them open. 9I will destroy you, Israel; you have no help but Me.[T] 10Where now is your king,[U] that he may save you in all your cities, and the[V] rulers[W] you demanded, saying, “Give me a king and leaders”? 11I give you a king in My anger and take away a king in My wrath. 12Ephraim’s guilt is preserved; his sin is stored up. 13Labor pains come on him. He is not a wise son; when the time comes, he will not be born.[X] 14I will ransom them from the power of Sheol. I will redeem[Y] them from death. Death, where are your barbs? Sheol, where is your sting? Compassion is hidden from My eyes. The Coming Judgment 15Although he flourishes among his brothers,[Z] an east wind will come, a wind from the Lord rising up from the desert. His water source will fail, and his spring will run dry. The wind[A] will plunder the treasury of every precious item. 16[B]Samaria will bear her guilt because she has rebelled against her God. They will fall by the sword; their little ones will be dashed to pieces, and their pregnant women ripped open.
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