Ephraim’s Iniquity1When I a would heal Israel,
The iniquity of Ephraim is uncovered,
And the evil deeds of Samaria,
For they deal b falsely;
The thief enters in,
c Bandits raid outside,
2And they do not ▼
▼ Lit say to their heartconsider in their hearts
That I e remember all their wickedness.
Now their f deeds are all around them;
They are before My face.
3 g With their wickedness they make the h king glad,
And the princes with their i lies.
4They are j all adulterers,
Like an oven heated by the baker
Who ceases to stir up the fire
From the kneading of the dough until it is leavened.
5On the ▼
▼ I.e. a festive occasionday of our king, the princes l became sick with the heat of wine;
He stretched out his hand with m scoffers,
6For their hearts are like an n oven
As they approach their ▼
▼ Lit ambushplotting;
▼ So with some ancient versions; M.T. bakeranger ▼
▼ Lit sleepssmolders all night,
In the morning it burns like a flaming fire.
7All of them are hot like an oven,
And they consume their r rulers;
All their kings have fallen.
s None of them calls on Me.
8Ephraim t mixes himself with the ▼
▼ Lit peoplesnations;
Ephraim has become a cake not turned.
9 v Strangers devour his strength,
Yet he w does not know it;
Gray hairs also are sprinkled on him,
Yet he does not know it.
10Though the x pride of Israel testifies against him,
Yet y they have not returned to the Lord their God,
Nor have they sought Him, for all this.
11So z Ephraim has become like a silly dove aa without ▼
▼ Lit heartsense;
They call to ac Egypt, they go to ad Assyria.
12When they go, I will ae spread My net over them;
I will bring them down like the birds of the sky.
I will af chastise them in accordance with the ▼
▼ Lit reportproclamation to their assembly.
13 ah Woe to them, for they have ai strayed from Me!
Destruction is theirs, for they have rebelled against Me!
I aj would redeem them, but they speak lies against Me.
14And ak they do not cry to Me from their heart
When they wail on their beds;
For the sake of grain and new wine they ▼
▼ Or with Gr and many ancient mss gash themselves, am assemble themselves,
They an turn away from Me.
15Although I trained and strengthened their arms,
Yet they ao devise evil against Me.
16They turn, but not ▼
▼ Or possibly to the Most Highupward,
They are like a aq deceitful bow;
Their princes will fall by the sword
Because of the ▼
▼ Lit indignation; or cursing, as insolence of their tongue.
This will be their at derision in the land of Egypt.
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