They told him, “This is what Hezekiah says: This day is a day of distress(A) and rebuke and disgrace, as when children come to the moment of birth(B) and there is no strength to deliver them.

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11 Ephraim’s glory(A) will fly away like a bird(B)
    no birth, no pregnancy, no conception.(C)
12 Even if they rear children,
    I will bereave(D) them of every one.
Woe(E) to them
    when I turn away from them!(F)
13 I have seen Ephraim,(G) like Tyre,
    planted in a pleasant place.(H)
But Ephraim will bring out
    their children to the slayer.”(I)

14 Give them, Lord
    what will you give them?
Give them wombs that miscarry
    and breasts that are dry.(J)

15 “Because of all their wickedness in Gilgal,(K)
    I hated them there.
Because of their sinful deeds,(L)
    I will drive them out of my house.
I will no longer love them;(M)
    all their leaders are rebellious.(N)
16 Ephraim(O) is blighted,
    their root is withered,
    they yield no fruit.(P)
Even if they bear children,
    I will slay(Q) their cherished offspring.”

17 My God will reject(R) them
    because they have not obeyed(S) him;
    they will be wanderers among the nations.(T)

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