11Do not rejoice, O Israel, awith exultation like the bnations ! For you have 2played the harlot, cforsaking your God. You have loved harlots' earnings on deverythreshingfloor.
2Threshingfloor and winepress will 3not feed them, And the newwine will failethem.
They will not remain in 4the LORD'Sland, But Ephraim will return to 5Egypt, And in 6Assyria they will eat7unclean food.
They will not pour out drinkofferings of 8wine to the LORD, 9Their sacrifices will not please Him. Their bread will fbe like gmourners'bread ; All who eat of it will be 10defiled, For their bread will be for hthemselves alone; It will not enter the house of the LORD.
511What will you do on the day of the appointedfestival And on the day of the 12feast of the LORD ?
For behold, they will gobecause of destruction ; Egypt will gather them up, 13Memphis will bury them. Weeds will takeover their treasures of silver ; 14Thorns will be in their tents.
The days of 15punishment have come, The days of 16retribution have come ; iLet Israelknow this! The prophet is a 17fool, The jinspiredman is 18demented, Because of the grossness of your 19iniquity, And because your hostility is so great.
8Ephraim was a watchman with my God, a prophet ; Yet the snare of a birdcatcher is in all his ways, And there is only hostility in the house of his God.
They have gone20deepkin depravity As in the days of 21Gibeah ; He will 22remember their iniquity, He will punish their sins.
I foundIsrael like 23grapes in the wilderness ; I saw your forefathers as the 24earliestfruit on the figtree in its first season. But they came to 25Baal-peor and devoted themselves to l26shame, And they became as 27detestable as that which they loved.
As for Ephraim, their 28glory will flyaway like a bird - Nobirth, nopregnancy and noconception !
12Though they bring up their children, Yet I will bereave them muntil not a man is left. Yes, 29woe to them indeed when I depart from them!
13Ephraim, as I have seen, Is planted in a pleasant meadow like 30Tyre ; But Ephraim will bring out his children for slaughter.
14Give them, O LORD-what will You give ? Give them a 31miscarryingwomb and drybreasts.
15All their evil is at 32Gilgal ; Indeed, I came to hate them there ! Because of the 33wickedness of their deeds I will drive them out of My house ! I will love them nomore ; All their princes are 34rebels.
1635Ephraim is stricken, their root is dried up, They will bear36nofruit. Eventhough they bear children, I will slay the 37preciousones of their womb.
My God will cast them awayBecause they have 38not listened to Him; And they will be 39wanderers among the nations.