We read today about how God cares for us. God protects us. He will punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity. We learn of the prophesy of days to come. Ephraim’s captivity is foretold. Judah is warned of what will come to pass. We read a warning to Jerusalem. After the time of discipline, there will come a time of blessing. The people will again stand in awe of the One true God. Judah is warned to stay away from Egypt. They are not to ally themselves with them for protection and help. The Lord is a God of justice. He longs to be gracious to us.