Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
I have surely heard Ephraim bemoaning himself thus; Thou hast chastised me, and I was chastised, as a bullock unaccustomed to the yoke: turn thou me, and I shall be turned; for thou art the LORD my God.
He makes a song, saying, I did wrong, turning from the straight way, but he did not give me the reward of my sin.
For this is the word of him who is high and lifted up, whose resting-place is eternal, whose name is Holy: my resting-place is in the high and holy place, and with him who is crushed and poor in spirit, to give life to the spirit of the poor, and to make strong the heart of the crushed.
I will go back to my place till they are made waste; in their trouble they will go after me early and will make search for me.
Come, let us go back to the Lord; for he has given us wounds and he will make us well; he has given blows and he will give help.
And he got up and went to his father. But while he was still far away, his father saw him and was moved with pity for him and went quickly and took him in his arms and gave him a kiss.
For there will be a day when those who get in the grapes on the hills of Ephraim will be crying, Up! let us go up to Zion to the Lord our God.
A voice is sounding on the open hilltops, the weeping and the prayers of the children of Israel; because their way is twisted, they have not kept the Lord their God in mind.
In those days and in that time, says the Lord, the children of Israel will come, they and the children of Judah together; they will go on their way weeping and making prayer to the Lord their God.
How may I give you up, O Ephraim? how may I be your saviour, O Israel? how may I make you like Admah? how may I do to you as I did to Zeboim? My heart is turned in me, it is soft with pity.
I will put right their errors; freely will my love be given to them, for my wrath is turned away from him.
I gave your children blows to no purpose; they got no good from training: your sword has been the destruction of your prophets, like a death-giving lion.
O Lord, do not your eyes see good faith? you have given them punishment, but they were not troubled; you have sent destruction on them, but they did not take your teaching to heart: they have made their faces harder than a rock; they would not come back.
Truly, that man is happy who has training from the hand of God: so do not let your heart be shut to the teaching of the Ruler of all.
Make me free from all my sins; do not let me be shamed by the man of evil behaviour.
Happy is the man who is guided by you, O Jah, and to whom you give teaching out of your law;
I have seen, O Lord, that your decisions are right, and that in unchanging faith you have sent trouble on me.
My son, do not make your heart hard against the Lord's teaching; do not be made angry by his training:
Why will you have more and more punishment? why keep on in your evil ways? Every head is tired and every heart is feeble.
But the heart of the people was not turned to him who sent punishment on them, and they made no prayer to the Lord of armies.
I was quickly angry with his evil ways, and sent punishment on him, veiling my face in wrath: and he went on, turning his heart from me.
And so to Ephraim I am like a wasting insect, and a destruction to the children of Judah.
She gave no attention to the voice, she had no use for teaching, she put no faith in the Lord, she did not come near to her God.
And you have not kept in mind the word which says to you as to sons, My son, do not make little of the Lord's punishment, and do not give up hope when you are judged by him;
To all those who are dear to me, I give sharp words and punishment: then with all your heart have sorrow for your evil ways.
Do not be like the horse or the ass, without sense; ...
A whip for the horse, a mouth-bit for the ass, and a rod for the back of the foolish.
A man hating sharp words and making his heart hard, will suddenly be broken and will not be made well again.
Your sons are overcome, like a roe in a net; they are full of the wrath of the Lord, the punishment of your God.
Men were cruel to him, but he was gentle and quiet; as a lamb taken to its death, and as a sheep before those who take her wool makes no sound, so he said not a word.
It is good for a man to undergo the yoke when he is young.
And Ephraim is a trained cow, taking pleasure in crushing the grain; but I have put a yoke on her fair neck; I will put a horseman on the back of Ephraim; Judah will be working the plough, Jacob will be turning up the earth.
Then they sent up their cry to the Lord in their sorrow, and he gave them salvation out of all their troubles.
If you will give ear to my word and do it, the good things of the land will be yours;
1 Corinthians 11:31
But if we were true judges of ourselves, punishment would not come on us.