Hosea 91 Rejoice not, O Israel, for gladness, as other people; for thou art gone astray, unfaithful to thy God: thou hast loved the wages of sin upon every corn-filled threshing-floor. 2 The threshing-floor and the wine-press shall not feed them, and the new wine shall deceive them. 3 They shall not dwell in the land of the Lord; but Ephraim shall return to Egypt, and in Assyria will they eat unclean things. 4 They shall not pour out wine to the Lord, and their offerings shall not be pleasing unto him; their sacrifices shall be unto them as the bread of mourners; all that eat thereof shall be polluted: for this their food can only be for themselves, it shall not come into the house of the Lord. 5 What will ye do on the day of the appointed festival, and on the day of the feast of the Lord? 6 For, lo, they are gone forth because of the desolation: Egypt will gather them up, Moph will bury them: the pleasant chambers for their silver,—these shall nettles take possession of; thorns shall grow in their tents. 7 Come are the days of the visitation, come are the days of thy recompense; this shall Israel experience: a fool was the prophet, mad the inspired man, because of the greatness of thy iniquity, and the great hatefulness. 8 The watchman of Ephraim with my God, the prophet, was a snare of the fowler on all his ways, a hateful thing in the house of his god. 9 They are deeply corrupt, as in the days of Gib’ah: he will remember their iniquity, he will visit their sins. 10 Like grapes in the wilderness had I found Israel; as the first ripe fruit on the fig-tree in the first of the season had I seen your fathers; but they too went to Ba’al-pe’or: and devoted themselves unto that shameful idol, and became abominations as those they loved. 11 As for Ephraim, their glory shall fly away like a bird: there is no more birth, and no pregnancy, and no conception. 12 But though they were to bring up their children, yet would I bereave them, that there should be no man: yea, woe also to themselves, when I depart from them! 13 Ephraim, as I have seen him like Tyre, planted in a pleasant meadow,—yet this Ephraim shall lead forth to the murderer his children. 14 Give them, O Lord, what thou wilt give! give them a miscarrying womb and dried-up breasts. 15 All their wickedness is in Gilgal; for there I learnt to hate them; for the wickedness of their doings will I drive them out of my house: I will love them no farther; all their princes are rebels. 16 Smitten is Ephraim, their root is dried up, they shall bear no fruit; yea, though they should bring forth, yet would I slay the beloved fruit of their body. 17 My God will reject them, because they did not hearken unto him: and they shall be wanderers among the nations.
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