The fading flower of his beautiful splendor,
which is on the summit above the rich valley,
will be like a ripe fig before the summer harvest.(A)
Whoever sees it will swallow it
while it is still in his hand.

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Ephraim Bereaved of Offspring

10 I discovered Israel
like grapes in the wilderness.(A)
I saw your ancestors
like the first fruit of the fig tree in its first season.(B)
But they went to Baal-peor,(C)
consecrated themselves to Shame,[a](D)
and became abhorrent,(E)
like the thing they loved.

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Footnotes

  1. 9:10 = Baal

Israel’s Moral Decline

How sad for me!
For I am like one who—
when the summer fruit has been gathered
after the gleaning of the grape harvest(A)
finds no grape cluster to eat,
no early fig, which I crave.(B)

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