|Hosea 9 |
1 Do not rejoice, O Israel, with joy like other nations, for you have played the harlot from your God, you have loved the wages of a harlot on every threshing floor.
2 The threshing floor and the winepress shall not feed them, and the new wine shall fail them.
3 They shall not dwell in the LORD's land, but Ephraim shall return to Egypt and they shall eat unclean things in Assyria.
4 They shall not offer wine offerings to the LORD, neither shall they be pleasing to him. Their sacrifices shall be to them like the bread of mourners; all who eat them shall be defiled, for their bread shall not come into the house of the LORD, but will only be for themselves.
5 What will you do in the solemn day, and in the day of the feast of the LORD?
6 For they have gone because of destruction; Egypt shall gather them up, Memphis shall bury them. Nettles shall possess their precious things of silver; thorns shall be in their tents.
7 The days of visitation have come; the days of recompense have come; Israel shall know it. The prophet is considered a fool, the spiritual man as mad, because of the multitude of your iniquity and because the hatred is great.
8 The watchman of Ephraim was with my God; but the prophet has become like the snare of a fowler in all his ways. And there is hostility in the house of his God.
9 They have deeply corrupted themselves as in the days of Gibeah. Therefore he will remember their iniquity; he will punish their sins.
10 "I found Israel like grapes in the wilderness; I saw your fathers like the first ripe fruit on the fig tree at her first season, but they went to Baalpeor and consecrated themselves to that shameful idol; and they became an abomination like that which they loved.
11 As for Ephraim, their glory shall fly away like a bird; no birth, no pregnancy, and no conception.
12 Even though they bring up children, yet I will bereave them so that there shall not be a man left; yes, woe to them when I depart from them!
13 Ephraim, as I saw with Tyre, is planted in a pleasant place, but Ephraim will bring out his children to the slayer."
14 Give them, O LORD! What will you give them? Give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts.
15 "All their wickedness is in Gilgal, for I hated them there; for the wickedness of their deeds I will drive them out of my house; I will no longer love them; all their princes are rebellious.
16 Ephraim is stricken, their root is dried up, they shall bear no fruit. Yes, though they bring forth, yet I will slay even their beloved offspring."
17 My God will cast them away because they did not listen to and obey him, and they shall be wanderers among the nations.
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