Hosea

Book of Hosea. Chapter 9

   

1 Do not rejoice, O Israel, with joy like [other] peoples, For you have played the harlot against your God. You have made love [for] hire on every threshing floor.

2 The threshing floor and the winepress Shall not feed them, And the new wine shall fail in her.

3 They shall not dwell in the LORD's land, But Ephraim shall return to Egypt, And shall eat unclean [things] in Assyria.

4 They shall not offer wine [offerings] to the LORD, Nor shall their sacrifices be pleasing to Him. [It shall be] like bread of mourners to them; All who eat it shall be defiled. For their bread [shall be] for their [own] life; It shall not come into the house of the LORD.

5 What will you do in the appointed day, And in the day of the feast of the LORD?

6 For indeed they are gone because of destruction. Egypt shall gather them up; Memphis shall bury them. Nettles shall possess their valuables of silver; Thorns [shall be] in their tents.

7 The days of punishment have come; The days of recompense have come. Israel knows! The prophet [is] a fool, The spiritual man [is] insane, Because of the greatness of your iniquity and great enmity.

8 The watchman of Ephraim [is] with my God; But the prophet [is] a fowler's snare in all his ways -- Enmity in the house of his God.

9 They are deeply corrupted, As in the days of Gibeah. He will remember their iniquity; He will punish their sins.

10 " I found Israel Like grapes in the wilderness; I saw your fathers As the firstfruits on the fig tree in its first season. [But] they went to Baal Peor, And separated themselves [to that] shame; They became an abomination like the thing they loved.

11 [As for] Ephraim, their glory shall fly away like a bird -- No birth, no pregnancy, and no conception!

12 Though they bring up their children, Yet I will bereave them to the last man. Yes, woe to them when I depart from them!

13 Just as I saw Ephraim like Tyre, planted in a pleasant place, So Ephraim will bring out his children to the murderer."

14 Give them, O LORD -- 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 evil of their deeds I will drive them from My house; I will love them no more. All their princes [are] rebellious.

16 Ephraim is stricken, Their root is dried up; They shall bear no fruit. Yes, were they to bear children, I would kill the darlings of their womb."

17 My God will cast them away, Because they did not obey Him; And they shall be wanderers among the nations.

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