·Foreign nations [Strangers; Foreigners] have ·eaten up [devoured; sapped] his strength, but he doesn’t know it. ·Israel is weak and feeble, like an old man [L Grey hair is scattered on him], but he doesn’t know it.
“Ephraim mingles with the pagans, dissipating himself. Ephraim is half-baked. Strangers suck him dry but he doesn’t even notice. His hair has turned gray— he doesn’t notice. Bloated by arrogance, big as a house, Israel’s a public disgrace. Israel lumbers along oblivious to God, despite all the signs, ignoring God.
Aliens ate the strength of him, and he knew not; but also hoar hairs were shed out in him, and he knew not. (Strangers, or foreigners, ate up their strength, but they knew it not; and their gray hair turned white, but they knew it not.)
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