Micah has a bitter rebuke concerning the savage behavior of the leaders in Israel and Jacob. Yahweh, via Micah, used descriptive language to explain what these leaders were doing to their people, treating them like cattle. Micah wanted them to listen to what he had to say. They hated the good things, but loved the evil things. They were skinning the people, tearing off their flesh, and eating them like cannibals. They were breaking their bones and chopping them up to boil them like meat in a kettle. This was despicable behavior.
Ephraim was singled out, since it was where the capital of northern Israel was. Their glory would simply fly away like a bird. There would be no more births, pregnancies, or even conceptions in Ephraim. If they would bring up children, they would mourn for them, until no one was left. Yahweh was going to leave Ephraim. They would be cursed and on their own. Thus, this young palm tree in a lovely meadow would cease to grow. Ephraim would lead out its children for slaughter. What should you give the people of Ephraim? Yahweh, in very descriptive language, was going to give them miscarrying wombs and dry breasts. No more children for Ephraim.
Everything happened according to God’s will. Thus, according to Sirach, the cold north wind with bird like snow is sent by the Lord. Sometimes the snow storm looks like locusts descending on a field. However, we are dazzled by the soft gentle beautiful white snowflakes. Sometimes the snowflakes are like salt that forms pointed thorn icicles. This northern wind freezes the ponds, so that they look like they have a protective breastplate shield on them. This is very beautiful descriptive language about snow and frost.