Hosea 9

Ephraim Punished

1 1Do not rejoice, O Israel, with exultation like the nations! For you have 2played the harlot, forsaking * your God. You have loved harlots' earnings on every threshing floor.
2 Threshing floor and wine press will 3not feed them, And the new wine will fail them.
3 They will not remain in 4the LORD'S land, But Ephraim will return to 5Egypt, And in 6Assyria they will eat 7unclean food.
4 They will not pour out drink offerings of 8wine to the LORD, 9Their sacrifices will not please Him. Their bread will be like mourners' bread; All who eat of it will be 10defiled, For their bread will be for themselves alone; It will not enter the house of the LORD.
5 11What will you do on the day of the appointed festival And on the day of the 12feast of the LORD?
6 For behold, they will go because of destruction; Egypt will gather them up, 13Memphis will bury them. Weeds will take over their treasures of silver; 14Thorns will be in their tents.
7 The days of 15punishment have come, The days of 16retribution have come; Let Israel know this! The prophet is a 17fool, The inspired man is 18demented, Because of the grossness of your 19iniquity, And because your hostility is so great.
8 Ephraim was a watchman with my God, a prophet; Yet the snare of a bird catcher is in all his ways, And there is only hostility in the house of his God.
9 They have gone 20deep in depravity As in the days of 21Gibeah; He will 22remember their iniquity, He will punish their sins.
10 I found Israel like 23grapes in the wilderness; I saw your forefathers as the 24earliest fruit on the fig tree in its first season. But they came to 25Baal-peor and devoted themselves to 26shame, And they became as 27detestable as that which they loved.
11 As for Ephraim, their 28glory will fly away like a bird - No birth, no pregnancy and no conception!
12 Though * they bring up their children, Yet I will bereave them until not a man is left. Yes, 29woe to them indeed when I depart from them!
13 Ephraim, as I have seen, Is planted in a pleasant meadow like 30Tyre; But Ephraim will bring out his children for slaughter.
14 Give them, O LORD -what will You give? Give them a 31miscarrying womb and dry breasts.
15 All 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 no more; All their princes are 34rebels.
16 35Ephraim is stricken, their root is dried up, They will bear 36no fruit. Even though they bear children, I will slay the 37precious ones of their womb.
17 My God will cast them away Because they have 38not listened to Him; And they will be 39wanderers among the nations.