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Hosea 9:1-9 (Holman Christian Standard)

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The Coming Exile

1 Israel, do not rejoice jubilantly as the nations do, for you have acted promiscuously, leaving your God. You have loved the wages of a prostitute on every grain-threshing floor. 2 Threshing floor and wine vat will not sustain them, and the new wine will fail them. 3 They will not stay in the land of the Lord. Instead, Ephraim will return to Egypt, and they will eat unclean food in Assyria. 4 They will not pour out their wine offerings to the Lord,a and their sacrifices will not please Him. Their [food] will be like the bread of mourners; all who eat it become defiled.b For their bread will be for their appetites [alone]; it will not enter the house of the Lord. 5 What will you do on a festival day, on the day of the Lord's feast? 6 For even if they flee from devastation, Egypt will gather them, and Memphis will bury them. Thistles will take possession of their precious silver; thorns will invade their tents. 7 The days of punishment have come; the days of retribution have come. Let Israel recognize it! The prophet is a fool, and the inspired man is insane, because of the magnitude of your guilt and hostility. 8 Ephraim's watchman is with my God. The prophet [encounters] a fowler's snare on all his ways. Hostility is in the house of his God! 9 They have deeply corrupted themselves as in the days of Gibeah.c He will remember their guilt; He will punish their sins.
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