The ten tribes were like a “deceitful bow,” for they broke their covenant. Instead of the bow being clean and hitting the mark—instead of admitting and recognizing their sinful condition, their utter dependence upon God, and their need for salvation—they only pretended to look to God for help. In reality, Israel looked to the world. A crooked bow misses the mark, even if it is aimed straight. And so Israel’s desires were not fulfilled because of their “deceitful” lips. The bow was crooked; that is, the covenant was not in proper order. The ten tribes formalistically returned to the Lord, but they feigned repentance with meaningless words.