Hosea 9

Ephraim Punished

a Do not rejoice, O Israel
Lit to
with exultation like the
Lit peoples
For you have d played the harlot
Lit away from your God
forsaking your God.
You have loved harlotsearnings on
Lit all threshing floors of grain
every threshing floor.
Threshing floor and wine press will g not feed them,
And the new wine will fail
Lit her
They will not remain in i the  Lord’s land,
But Ephraim will return to j Egypt,
And in k Assyria they will eat l unclean food.
They will not pour out drink offerings of m wine to the  Lord,
n Their sacrifices will not please Him.
Their bread will
Lit be to them
be like
Or bread of misfortune
mourners’ bread;
All who eat of it will be q defiled,
For their bread will be for
Lit their appetite
themselves alone;
It will not enter the house of the  Lord.
s What will you do on the day of the appointed festival
And on the day of the t feast of the  Lord?
For behold, they will go because of destruction;
Egypt will gather them up, u Memphis will bury them.
Weeds will take over their treasures of silver;
v Thorns will be in their tents.

The days of w punishment have come,
The days of x retribution have come;
Or Israel will know it
Let Israel know this!
The prophet is a z fool,
Lit man of the spirit
inspired man is ab demented,
Because of the grossness of your ac iniquity,
And because your hostility is so great.
Ephraim was a watchman with my God, a prophet;
Yet the snare of a bird catcher is in all his ways,
And there is only hostility in the house of his God.
They have gone ad deep
Lit they have corrupted
in depravity
As in the days of af Gibeah;
He will ag remember their iniquity,
He will punish their sins.

10 I found Israel like ah grapes in the wilderness;
I saw your forefathers as the ai earliest fruit on the fig tree in its first season.
But they came to aj Baal-peor and devoted themselves to
I.e. Baal
al shame,
And they became as am detestable as that which they loved.
11 As for Ephraim, their an glory will fly away like a bird
No birth, no pregnancy and no conception!
12 Though they bring up their children,
Yet I will bereave them
Lit without a man
until not a man is left.
Yes ap woe to them indeed when I depart from them!
13 Ephraim, as I have seen,
Is planted in a pleasant meadow like aq Tyre;
But Ephraim will bring out his children for slaughter.
14 Give them, O  Lordwhat will You give?
Give them a ar miscarrying womb and dry breasts.

15 All their evil is at as Gilgal;
Indeed, I came to hate them there!
Because of the at wickedness of their deeds
I will drive them out of My house!
I will love them no more;
All their princes are au rebels.
16  av Ephraim is stricken, their root is dried up,
They will bear aw no fruit.
Even though they bear children,
I will slay the ax precious ones of their womb.
17 My God will cast them away
Because they have ay not listened to Him;
And they will be az wanderers among the nations.

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