Woe to the crown of pride, to the drunkards of Ephraim, whose glorious beauty is a fading flower, which are on the head of the fat valleys of them that are overcome with wine! Behold, the Lord hath a mighty and strong one, which as a tempest of hail and a destroying storm, as a flood of mighty waters overflowing, shall cast down to the earth with the hand. The crown of pride, the drunkards of Ephraim, shall be trodden under feet: And the glorious beauty, which is on the head of the fat valley, shall be a fading flower, and as the hasty fruit before the summer; which when he that looketh upon it seeth, while it is yet in his hand he eateth it up.
Samaria was the crown of pride, the fading flower of the drunkards of Israel, which is Ephraim. The hilltop city was like a crown looking over the fertile valleys of people overcome with wine, pleasure, materialism, and sex. The Assyrian conquerors stand ready to devour the city as if it were a ripe fig.