Because the people were rich, that caused them to
But Israel became more and more rich,
and so the people built more
Their land became better and better.
So they could build special stones that they could
But now they must understand that they have done wrong things.
The Lord will destroy their altars.
He will destroy their special stones.
because we did not
But even if we had a king now, he could not do anything to help us.’
They agree about things with other countries.
People do not agree with each other in
These things are like weeds that have poison.
Weeds that are growing in a field will soon grow into plants.
They will cry because their
Their very bad
They were very happy with their beautiful
But now someone will carry the
It will be a gift for the king of Assyria.
Ephraim's people will feel very sad.
They will be very sorry that they
He (the king) will be like a piece of wood that water carries away.
These are places where Israel's people have
Weeds will grow on their altars.
Then the people will say to the mountains, ‘Hide us!’
They will say to the hills, ‘Fall on us!’
punish the people in Israel because of their sin
You have continued to
War destroyed those bad people at Gibeah.
because of all their
At a time that I choose, the many armies will join together to attack them.
They will cause Israel's people to become their slaves.
They are like a cow that loves to walk on
But I decided to be like someone who puts a
I wanted to show Ephraim's people the right way,
so that they could work hard.
I wanted Judah's people to be like a farmer who breaks up the ground.
He digs the ground to make the plants grow well.
You should be like that farmer.
Work hard to do what is right.
Then the Lord will
It is time for you to turn to the Lord.
Then he will bless you, like rain that falls on the ground!
You have worked hard to
so now your food will be
But you believed that you could help yourselves.
And you have
You believed that your own soldiers could help you.
Your enemies will destroy your strong places.
It will be like the time that King Shalman destroyed Beth-Arbel city in war.
At that time, people killed mothers with their children.
That is because you did so many very bad things.
When that day begins, the king of Israel will die.’