Hosea 9

The  Lord Will Punish Israel

1 Rejoice not, O Israel!
Exult not like the peoples;
a  for you have played the whore, forsaking your God.
b  You have loved a prostitute’s wages
on all threshing floors.
2 c  Threshing floor and wine vat shall not feed them,
and d  the new wine shall fail them.
3They shall not remain in e  the land of the  Lord,
but f  Ephraim shall return to Egypt,
and g  they shall eat unclean food in Assyria.
4 h  They shall not pour drink offerings of wine to the  Lord,
i  and their sacrifices shall not please him.
It shall be like j  mournersbread to them;
all who eat of it shall be defiled;
for their bread shall be for their hunger only;
k  it shall not come to the house of the  Lord.
5 l  What 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 m  Egypt shall gather them;
Memphis shall bury them.
Nettles shall possess n  their precious things of silver;
o  thorns shall be in their tents.
7 p  The days of punishment have come;
the days of recompense have come;
Israel shall know it.
q  The prophet is a fool;
the man of the spirit is mad,
because of your great iniquity
and great hatred.
8The prophet is r  the watchman of Ephraim with my God;
yet s  a fowler’s snare is on all his ways,
and hatred in the house of his God.
9 t  They have deeply corrupted themselves
as u  in the days of Gibeah:
v  he will remember their iniquity;
he will punish their sins.
10 Like grapes in the wilderness,
w  I found Israel.
Like the first fruit on the fig tree
in its first season,
I saw your fathers.
But x  they came to Baal-peor
and y  consecrated themselves to the thing of shame,
and z  became detestable like the thing they loved.
11Ephraim’s aa  glory shall fly away like a bird
ab  no birth, no pregnancy, no conception!
12 ac  Even if they bring up children,
I will bereave them till none is left.
ad  Woe to them
when ae  I depart from them!
13Ephraim af  as I have seen, was like a young palm
Or  like Tyre
planted in a meadow;
but ah  Ephraim must lead his children out to slaughter.
Hebrew  to him who slaughters

14Give them, O  Lord
what will you give?
Give them aj  a miscarrying womb
and dry breasts.
15 Every evil of theirs is in ak  Gilgal;
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 al  their princes are am  rebels.
16 Ephraim is stricken;
an  their root is dried up;
they shall bear no fruit.
Even ao  though they give birth,
ap  I will put their beloved children to death.
17 aq  My God will reject them
because they have not listened to him;
ar  they shall be wanderers among the nations.
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