Hosea 9

Hosea Announces Israel's Punishment

Do not rejoice, O Israel, with exultation like the nations, for you have played the harlot against your God; you have made love [for] hire on every threshing floor. The threshing floor and winepress will not feed them, and the new wine will fail them. They will not remain in the land of the LORD; Ephraim will return to Egypt and eat unclean food in Assyria. They will not pour out wine [offerings] to the LORD, and their sacrifices will not please Him, [but will be] to them like the bread of mourners; all who eat it will be defiled. For their bread will be for themselves; it will not enter the house of the LORD. What will you do on the appointed day, on the Day of the LORD’s feast? For even if they flee destruction, Egypt will gather them and Memphis will bury them. Their precious silver will be taken over by thistles, [and] thorns [will overrun] their tents. The days of punishment have come; the days of retribution have arrived— let Israel know it. The prophet is [called] a fool, and the inspired man insane, because of the greatness of your iniquity and hostility. The prophet is Ephraim’s watchman, along with my God,
Or The prophet is the watchman over Ephraim, the people of my God
[yet] the snare of the fowler [lies] on all his paths. Hostility is in the house of his God!
They have deeply corrupted themselves as in the days of Gibeah; He will remember their guilt; He will punish their sins. 10  I found Israel like grapes in the wilderness. I saw your fathers as the firstfruits of the fig tree in its first season. But they went to Baal-peor, and consecrated themselves to Shame; so they became as detestable as the thing they loved. 11  Ephraim’s glory will fly away like a bird, with no birth, no pregnancy, and no conception. 12  Even if they raise their children, I will bereave them of each one. Yes, woe [be] to them when I turn away from them! 13  I have seen Ephraim, like Tyre, planted in a meadow. But Ephraim will bring out his children for slaughter. 14  Give them, O LORD— what will You give? Give them wombs that miscarry and breasts that dry up! 15  All their evil appears at Gilgal, for there I hated them. I will drive them from My house for the wickedness of their deeds. I will no longer love them; all their leaders are rebellious. 16  Ephraim is struck down; their root is withered; they cannot bear fruit. Even if they bear children, I will slay the darlings of their wombs. 17  My God will reject them because they have not obeyed Him; and they shall be wanderers among the nations.
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