Ephraim is like a ruined cake of bread that is scorched on one side. 2
but he does not recognize it!
His head is filled with gray hair,
but he does not realize it!
1 tn The words “like flour” are not in the Hebrew text, but are implied by the imagery.
2 tn Heb “a cake of bread not turned.” This metaphor compares Ephraim to a ruined cake of bread that was not turned over in time to avoid being scorched and burned (see BDB 728 s.v. עֻגָה). Cf. NLT “as worthless as a half-baked cake.”
3 tn Heb “foreigners consume his strength”; NRSV “devour (sap NIV) his strength.”