1 The sin of Ephraim appears clearly; the wickedness of Samaria is obvious. They cheat one another, they break into houses while bandits raid outside. 2 They do not realize that I am mindful of their evil deeds. They are engulfed by their sins which are always before me. 3 They amuse the king with their wickedness and the officials with their trickery. 4 They are and remain adulterers, like an oven heated by a baker; he has not to stir the fire from the time the dough is kneaded until it rises.
5 On the day of the king his officials get drunk and the king joins hands with the revelers. 6 In their plotting they burn like an oven; all night their anger smolders and in the morning blazes like a fire.
12 But wherever they turn I shall throw my net over them for they rebelled against me and they will fall like birds.
13 Woe to them who fled far from me; disgrace will fall on those who deceived me. I wanted to redeem them but they spoke evil of me. 14 They did not call on me sincerely when they groaned on their beds because of their wheat and wine and turned to me.
15 When I made them successful and strong, they plotted evil against me.