For they sow the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind; it hath no stalk, the bud that shall yield no meal; if so be it yield, strangers shall swallow it up.
Israel is swallowed up; now are they become among the nations as a vessel wherein is no value.
For they are gone up to Assyria, like a wild ass alone by himself; Ephraim hath hired lovers.
Yea, though they hire among the nations, now will I gather them up; and they begin to be minished by reason of the burden of king and princes.
For Ephraim hath multiplied altars to sin, yea, altars have been unto him to sin.
Though I write for him never so many things of My Law, they are accounted as a stranger's.
As for the sacrifices that are made by fire unto Me, let them sacrifice flesh and eat it, for HaShem accepteth them not. Now will He remember their iniquity, and punish their sins; they shall return to Egypt.
For Israel hath forgotten his Maker, and builded palaces, and Judah hath multiplied fortified cities; but I will send a fire upon his cities, and it shall devour the castles thereof.