"Even if they escape from destruction, Egypt will gather them, and Memphis will bury them. Their treasures of silver will be taken over by briers, and thorns will overrun their tents." NIV translation
In trying to escape the correction of God, the people would run back into slavery in Egypt. They did not understand that no man can provide for you as God is the great provider. The same type of thing can happen in our lives if we lose sight of the fact that God is our provider. We can end up being slaves to one or more jobs in hopes of being able to buy the latest and greatest gadget.
"The days of punishment are coming, the days of reckoning are at hand. Let Israel know this. Because your sins are so many and your hostility so great, the prophet is considered a fool, the inspired man a maniac." NIV translation
God had sent the prophets to warn His people and to call them to repentance but they were treated as fools and ignored. The same type of thing happens today when someone tries to tell people about the fact that God is going to bring judgment. The man or woman that attempts to tell people that Jesus is coming again soon will be treated like a religious nut.
"The prophet, along with my God, is the watchman over Ephraim, yet snares await him on all his paths, and hostility in the house of his God. They have sunk deep into corruption, as in the days of Gibeah. God will remember their wickedness and punish them for their sins." NIV translation
The days of Gibeah speaks of a time of great lawlessness in Israel. In Judges 19, we see the account of what happened in Gibeah. The nation had no leadership and so they sank into the depths of depravity just as it was with Sodom and Gomorrah.
The prophet warns them that they are in the same condition as that dark day in Israel's history. The same could be said of our world today as many of the sins that happened in Gibeah are happening today and leaders are even making it legal.
"'When I found Israel, it was like finding grapes in the desert; when I saw your fathers, it was like seeing the early fruit on the fig tree. But when they came to Baal Peor, they consecrated themselves to that shameful idol and became as vile as the thing they loved.'" NIV translation
God saw the promising future of His chosen people and it was good. But, they turned to idolatry and became as worthless as the idol that they worshiped. Just like the Israelites, God sees the promising future of all of us and He is calling us to that future that is in His perfect will. Also like the Israelites, we have a choice of whether to cling to Jesus or to bow to all the false idols around us.