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Hosea 9:10-17 (Holman Christian Standard)

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Ephraim Bereaved of Offspring

10 I discovered Israel like grapes in the wilderness. I saw your fathers like the first fruit of the fig tree in its first season. But they went to Baal-peor,a consecrated themselves to Shame,b and became detestable, like the thing they loved. 11 Ephraim's glory will fly away like a bird: no birth, no gestation, no conception. 12 Even if they raise children, I will bereave them of each one. Yes, woe to them when I depart from them! 13 I have seen Ephraim like Tyre, planted in a meadow, so Ephraim will bring out his children to the executioner. 14 Give them, Lord- What should You give? Give them a womb that miscarries and breasts that are dry!c 15 All their evil appears at Gilgal, for there I came to hate them. I will drive them from My house because of their evil, wicked actions. I will no longer love them; all their leaders are rebellious. 16 Ephraim is blighted; their roots are withered; they cannot bear fruit. Even if they bear children, I will kill the precious offspring of their wombs. 17 My God will reject them because they have not listened to Him; they will become wanderers among the nations.
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