eJer. 2:7; 16:18; See Lev. 25:23
The Lord Will Punish Israel1 Rejoice not, O Israel!
Exult not like the peoples;
afor you have played the whore, forsaking your God.
bYou have loved a prostitute’s wages
on all threshing floors.
2 cThreshing floor and wine vat shall not feed them,
and dthe new wine shall fail them.
3They shall not remain in ethe land of the Lord,
but fEphraim shall return to Egypt,
and gthey shall eat unclean food in Assyria.
4 hThey shall not pour drink offerings of wine to the Lord,
iand their sacrifices shall not please him.
It shall be like jmourners’ bread to them;
all who eat of it shall be defiled;
for their bread shall be for their hunger only;
kit shall not come to the house of the Lord.
5 lWhat will you do on the day of the appointed festival,
and on the day of the feast of the Lord?
6For behold, they are going away from destruction;
but mEgypt shall gather them;
Memphis shall bury them.
Nettles shall possess ntheir precious things of silver;
othorns shall be in their tents.
7 pThe days of punishment have come;
the days of recompense have come;
Israel shall know it.
qThe prophet is a fool;
the man of the spirit is mad,
because of your great iniquity
and great hatred.
8The prophet is rthe watchman of Ephraim with my God;
yet sa fowler’s snare is on all his ways,
and hatred in the house of his God.
9 tThey have deeply corrupted themselves
as uin the days of Gibeah:
vhe will remember their iniquity;
he will punish their sins.
10 Like grapes in the wilderness,
wI found Israel.
Like the first fruit on the fig tree
in its first season,
I saw your fathers.
But xthey came to Baal-peor
and yconsecrated themselves to the thing of shame,
and zbecame detestable like the thing they loved.
11Ephraim’s aaglory shall fly away like a bird—
abno birth, no pregnancy, no conception!
12 acEven if they bring up children,
I will bereave them till none is left.
adWoe to them
when aeI depart from them!
13Ephraim afas I have seen, was like a young palm ▼
▼Or like Tyreplanted in a meadow;
but ahEphraim must lead his children out to slaughter. ▼
▼Hebrew to him who slaughters
14Give them, O Lord—
what will you give?
Give them aja miscarrying womb
and dry breasts.
15 Every evil of theirs is in akGilgal;
there I began to hate them.
Because of the wickedness of their deeds
I will drive them out of my house.
I will love them no more;
all altheir princes are amrebels.
16 Ephraim is stricken;
antheir root is dried up;
they shall bear no fruit.
Even aothough they give birth,
apI will put their beloved children to death.
17 aqMy God will reject them
because they have not listened to him;
arthey shall be wanderers among the nations.
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