Hosea 9

The Lord Will Punish Israel

1 Do a not rejoice, O Israel, with joy like other peoples,
For you have played the harlot against your God.
You have made love for b hire on every threshing floor.
2 The threshing floor and the winepress
Shall not feed them,
And the new wine shall fail in her.
3 They shall not dwell in c the LORD's land,
d But Ephraim shall return to Egypt,
And e shall eat unclean things in Assyria.

4 They shall not offer wine offerings to the LORD,
Nor f shall their g sacrifices be pleasing to Him.
It shall be like bread of mourners to them;
All who eat it shall be defiled.
For their bread shall be for their own life;
It shall not come into the house of the LORD.

5 What will you do in the appointed day,
And in the day of the feast of the LORD?
6 For indeed they are gone because of destruction.
Egypt shall gather them up;
Memphis shall bury them.
h Nettles shall possess their valuables of silver;
Thorns shall be in their tents.

7 The i days of punishment have come;
The days of recompense have come.
Israel knows!
The prophet is a j fool,
k The spiritual man is insane,
Because of the greatness of your iniquity and great enmity.
8 The l watchman of Ephraim is with my God;
But the prophet is a 1 fowler's snare in all his ways -
Enmity in the house of his God.
9 m They are deeply corrupted,
As in the days of n Gibeah.
He will remember their iniquity;
He will punish their sins.

10 "I found Israel
Like grapes in the o wilderness;
I saw your fathers
As the p firstfruits on the fig tree in its first season.
But they went to q Baal Peor,
And 2 separated themselves to that shame;
r They became an abomination like the thing they loved.
11 As for Ephraim, their glory shall fly away like a bird -
No birth, no pregnancy, and no conception!
12 Though they bring up their children,
Yet I will bereave them to the last man.
Yes, s woe to them when I depart from them!
13 Just t as I saw Ephraim like Tyre, planted in a pleasant place,
So Ephraim will bring out his children to the murderer."
14 Give them, O LORD -
What will You give?
Give them u a miscarrying womb
And dry breasts!

15 "All their wickedness is in v Gilgal,
For there I hated them.
Because of the evil of their deeds
I will drive them from My house;
I will love them no more.
w All their princes are rebellious.

16 Ephraim is x stricken,
Their root is dried up;
They shall bear no fruit.
Yes, were they to bear children,
I would kill the darlings of their womb."
17 My God will y cast them away,
Because they did not obey Him;
And they shall be z wanderers among the nations.

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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