The Lord warns his people
‘When I first found Israel, they gave me pleasure.
It was as if I had found
like the first fruit on a young
But then they came to the god, Baal-Peor.
They began to
They became as disgusting as the idol that they loved so much.
They will be like birds that fly away!
The women of Israel will no longer give birth to children.
They will not even become
I will cause them all to die so that none are still alive.
It will be a
because I will turn away from them.
But now Ephraim's people must bring out their children
for an enemy to kill them.’
Make it impossible for their women to give birth!
Stop the milk from their breasts to feed their babies!
‘They started to do
It was there that I began to
Because they do evil things, I will chase them out of my land.
I will not love them any more.
Their leaders have all turned against me.
They are like a plant that has dry
and it gives no fruit.
Even if they give birth to children that they love very much,
I will kill those children.’
because they have not obeyed him.
They will have no home of their own.
They will have to live among different