But he became guilty with regard to Baʹal+ and died.
2 Now they add to their sin
They skillfully make idols, all the work of craftsmen.
To them they say, ‘Let the men who sacrifice kiss the calves.’+
3 So they will become like the morning clouds,
Like the dew that vanishes early,
Like chaff blown from the threshing floor by a storm,
And like smoke out of the hole in the roof.
You knew no God except me,
And besides me there is no savior.+
And so they forgot me.+
I will devour them there like a lion;
A wild beast of the field will tear them to pieces.
9 It will destroy you, O Israel,
Because you turned against me, against your helper.
And your rulers,* of whom you said,
‘Give me a king and princes’?+
13 The pangs of childbirth will come for him.
But he is an unwise child;
He does not present himself when it is time to be born.
Where are your stings, O Death?+
Where is your destructiveness, O Grave?+
Compassion will be concealed from my eyes.
15 Even if he should flourish among the reeds,
An east wind will come, the wind of Jehovah,
From the desert it comes, to dry up his well and drain his spring.
That one will pillage the treasury of all his precious things.+
By the sword they will fall,+
Their children will be dashed to pieces,
And their pregnant women will be ripped open.”