1 When I would heal Israel, then the iniquity of Ephraim is uncovered, and the wickedness of Samaria. For they commit falsehood, and the thief enters in, and the troop of robbers ravages outside. 2 And they do not consider in their hearts that I remember all their wickedness. Now their own doings have surrounded them; they are before my face.
3 They make the king glad with their wickedness, and the rulers with their lies. 4 They are all adulterers. They are as an oven heated by the baker. He ceases to stir [the fire], from the kneading of the dough, until it is leavened. 5 On the day of our king the rulers made themselves sick with the heat of wine. He stretched out his hand with scoffers. 6 For they have made their heart ready like an oven, while they lay in wait. Their baker sleeps all the night. In the morning it burns as a flaming fire. 7 They are all hot as an oven, and devour their judges. All their kings are fallen. There is none among those who call to me.
8 Ephraim, he mixes himself among the peoples. Ephraim is a cake not turned. 9 Strangers have devoured his strength, and he does not know. Yea, gray hairs are here and there upon him, and he does not know. 10 And the pride of Israel testifies to his face. Yet they have not returned to LORD their God, nor sought him for all this.
11 And Ephraim is like a silly dove, without understanding. They call to Egypt. They go to Assyria. 12 When they shall go, I will spread my net upon them. I will bring them down as the birds of the heavens. I will chastise them, as their congregation has heard.
13 Woe to them! For they have wandered from me. Destruction to them! For they have trespassed against me. Though I would redeem them, yet they have spoken lies against me. 14 And they have not cried to me with their heart, but they howl upon their beds. They assemble themselves for grain and new wine. They rebel against me. 15 Though I have taught and strengthened their arms, yet they devise mischief against me. 16 They return, but not to [him] on high. They are like a deceitful bow. Their rulers shall fall by the sword for the rage of their tongue. This shall be their derision in the land of Egypt.