And the revolters are profound to make slaughter, though I have been a rebuker of them all.
I know Ephraim, and Israel is not hid from me: for now, O Ephraim, thou committest whoredom, and Israel is defiled.
When we deliberately turn to sin, we often do so with the idea in mind that God will not see; or that He will not be bothered by our small doings because He has more important things on His mind. Or we simply do not think of Him at all. This attitude only underlines our ignorance of the. “I AM.” He Who was, and is, and always shall be is not bound by the finite mind of man. We cannot hide from Him. Numbers 32:23 states, “Be sure your sin will find you out.”
Israel was about to move into God’s judgment. They, those in rebellion against God, had been deep into making bloody offerings to idols, in spite of God’s ongoing rebukes and warnings. In verse 3, Ephraim and Israel are used interchangeably, in an almost poetic sense, to emphasize that God hasn’t missed a thing; He knows all about them, and they are corrupt, defiled, unclean before Him because of both physical and spiritual idolatry.