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Hosea 9 (New International Version)

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Punishment for Israel

1 Do not rejoice, O Israel; do not be jubilant1 like the other nations. For you have been unfaithful2 to your God; you love the wages of a prostitute3 at every threshing floor. 2 Threshing floors and winepresses will not feed the people; the new wine4 will fail them. 3 They will not remain5 in the LORD's land; Ephraim will return to Egypt6 and eat uncleana food in Assyria.7 4 They will not pour out wine offerings8 to the LORD, nor will their sacrifices please9 him. Such sacrifices will be to them like the bread of mourners;10 all who eat them will be unclean.11 This food will be for themselves; it will not come into the temple of the LORD.12 5 What will you do13 on the day of your appointed feasts,14 on the festival days of the LORD? 6 Even if they escape from destruction, Egypt will gather them,15 and Memphis16 will bury them.17 Their treasures of silver18 will be taken over by briers, and thorns19 will overrun their tents. 7 The days of punishment20 are coming, the days of reckoning21 are at hand. Let Israel know this. Because your sins22 are so many and your hostility so great, the prophet is considered a fool,23 the inspired man a maniac.24 8 The prophet, along with my God, is the watchman over Ephraim,b yet snares25 await him on all his paths, and hostility in the house of his God.26 9 They have sunk deep into corruption,27 as in the days of Gibeah.28 God will remember29 their wickedness and punish them for their sins.30 10 "When I found Israel, it was like finding grapes in the desert; when I saw your fathers, it was like seeing the early fruit31 on the fig32 tree. But when they came to Baal Peor,33 they consecrated themselves to that shameful idol34 and became as vile as the thing they loved. 11 Ephraim's glory35 will fly away like a bird36-- no birth, no pregnancy, no conception.37 12 Even if they rear children, I will bereave38 them of every one. Woe39 to them when I turn away from them!40 13 I have seen Ephraim,41 like Tyre, planted in a pleasant place.42 But Ephraim will bring out their children to the slayer."43 14 Give them, O LORD-- what will you give them? Give them wombs that miscarry and breasts that are dry.44 15 "Because of all their wickedness in Gilgal,45 I hated them there. Because of their sinful deeds,46 I will drive them out of my house. I will no longer love them;47 all their leaders are rebellious.48 16 Ephraim49 is blighted, their root is withered, they yield no fruit.50 Even if they bear children, I will slay51 their cherished offspring." 17 My God will reject52 them because they have not obeyed53 him; they will be wanderers among the nations.54
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