3-4They go around saying,
"Who needs a king?
We couldn't care less about God,
so why bother with a king?
What difference would he make?"
They talk big,
lie through their teeth,
But their high-sounding words
turn out to be empty words, litter in the gutters.
5-6The people of Samaria travel over to Crime City
to worship the golden calf-god.
They go all out, prancing and hollering,
taken in by their showmen priests.
They act so important around the calf-god,
but are oblivious to the sham, the shame.
They have plans to take it to Assyria,
present it as a gift to the great king.
And so Ephraim makes a fool of himself,
disgraces Israel with his stupid idols.