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Don’t rejoice, Israel, to jubilation like the nations;

    for you were unfaithful to your God.
    You love the wages of a prostitute at every grain threshing floor.
The threshing floor and the wine press won’t feed them,
    and the new wine will fail her.
They won’t dwell in Yahweh’s land;
    but Ephraim will return to Egypt,
    and they will eat unclean food in Assyria.
They won’t pour out wine offerings to Yahweh,
    neither will they be pleasing to him.
    Their sacrifices will be to them like the bread of mourners;
    all who eat of it will be polluted;
    for their bread will be for their appetite.
    It will not come into Yahweh’s house.
What will you do in the day of solemn assembly,
    and in the day of the feast of Yahweh?
For, behold, when they flee destruction,
    Egypt will gather them up.
    Memphis will bury them.
    Nettles will possess their pleasant things of silver.
    Thorns will be in their tents.
The days of visitation have come.
    The days of reckoning have come.
Israel will consider the prophet to be a fool,
    and the man who is inspired to be insane,
    because of the abundance of your sins,
    and because your hostility is great.
A prophet watches over Ephraim with my God.
    A fowler’s snare is on all of his paths,
    and hostility in the house of his God.
They have deeply corrupted themselves,
    as in the days of Gibeah.
    He will remember their iniquity.
    He will punish them for their sins.
10 I found Israel like grapes in the wilderness.
    I saw your fathers as the first ripe in the fig tree at its first season;
    but they came to Baal Peor, and consecrated themselves to the shameful thing,
    and became abominable like that which they loved.
11 As for Ephraim, their glory will fly away like a bird.
    There will be no birth, no one with child, and no conception.
12 Though they bring up their children,
    yet I will bereave them, so that not a man shall be left.
    Indeed, woe also to them when I depart from them!
13 I have seen Ephraim, like Tyre, planted in a pleasant place;
    but Ephraim will bring out his children to the murderer.
14 Give them—Yahweh what will you give?
    Give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts.

15 “All their wickedness is in Gilgal;
    for there I hated them.
    Because of the wickedness of their deeds I will drive them out of my house!
    I will love them no more.
    All their princes are rebels.
16 Ephraim is struck.
    Their root has dried up.
    They will bear no fruit.
    Even though they give birth, yet I will kill the beloved ones of their womb.”

17 My God will cast them away, because they didn’t listen to him;
    and they will be wanderers among the nations.

Punishment for Israel

Do not rejoice, Israel;
    do not be jubilant(A) like the other nations.
For you have been unfaithful(B) to your God;
    you love the wages of a prostitute(C)
    at every threshing floor.
Threshing floors and winepresses will not feed the people;
    the new wine(D) will fail them.
They will not remain(E) in the Lord’s land;
    Ephraim will return to Egypt(F)
    and eat unclean food in Assyria.(G)
They will not pour out wine offerings(H) to the Lord,
    nor will their sacrifices please(I) him.
Such sacrifices will be to them like the bread of mourners;(J)
    all who eat them will be unclean.(K)
This food will be for themselves;
    it will not come into the temple of the Lord.(L)

What will you do(M) on the day of your appointed festivals,(N)
    on the feast days of the Lord?
Even if they escape from destruction,
    Egypt will gather them,(O)
    and Memphis(P) will bury them.(Q)
Their treasures of silver(R) will be taken over by briers,
    and thorns(S) will overrun their tents.
The days of punishment(T) are coming,
    the days of reckoning(U) are at hand.
    Let Israel know this.
Because your sins(V) are so many
    and your hostility so great,
the prophet is considered a fool,(W)
    the inspired person a maniac.(X)
The prophet, along with my God,
    is the watchman over Ephraim,[a]
yet snares(Y) await him on all his paths,
    and hostility in the house of his God.(Z)
They have sunk deep into corruption,(AA)
    as in the days of Gibeah.(AB)
God will remember(AC) their wickedness
    and punish them for their sins.(AD)

10 “When I found Israel,
    it was like finding grapes in the desert;
when I saw your ancestors,
    it was like seeing the early fruit(AE) on the fig(AF) tree.
But when they came to Baal Peor,(AG)
    they consecrated themselves to that shameful idol(AH)
    and became as vile as the thing they loved.
11 Ephraim’s glory(AI) will fly away like a bird(AJ)
    no birth, no pregnancy, no conception.(AK)
12 Even if they rear children,
    I will bereave(AL) them of every one.
Woe(AM) to them
    when I turn away from them!(AN)
13 I have seen Ephraim,(AO) like Tyre,
    planted in a pleasant place.(AP)
But Ephraim will bring out
    their children to the slayer.”(AQ)

14 Give them, Lord
    what will you give them?
Give them wombs that miscarry
    and breasts that are dry.(AR)

15 “Because of all their wickedness in Gilgal,(AS)
    I hated them there.
Because of their sinful deeds,(AT)
    I will drive them out of my house.
I will no longer love them;(AU)
    all their leaders are rebellious.(AV)
16 Ephraim(AW) is blighted,
    their root is withered,
    they yield no fruit.(AX)
Even if they bear children,
    I will slay(AY) their cherished offspring.”

17 My God will reject(AZ) them
    because they have not obeyed(BA) him;
    they will be wanderers among the nations.(BB)

Footnotes

  1. Hosea 9:8 Or The prophet is the watchman over Ephraim, / the people of my God

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