Oséias 9

1 Do not rejoice, Israel; ¶ do not be jubilant like the other nations. ¶ For you have been unfaithful to your God; ¶ you love the wages of a prostitute ¶ at every threshing floor.

2 Threshing floors and winepresses will not feed the people; the new wine will fail them.

3 They will not remain in the LORD's land; Ephraim will return to Egypt ¶ and eat unclean food in Assyria.

4 They will not pour out wine offerings to the LORD, nor will their sacrifices please him. ¶ Such sacrifices will be to them like the bread of mourners; ¶ all who eat them will be unclean. ¶ This food will be for themselves; ¶ it will not come into the temple of the LORD.

5 What will you do on the day of your appointed festivals, ¶ on the feast days of the LORD?

6 Even if they escape from destruction, Egypt will gather them, ¶ and Memphis will bury them. ¶ Their treasures of silver will be taken over by briers, ¶ and thorns will overrun their tents.

7 The days of punishment are coming, the days of reckoning are at hand. ¶ Let Israel know this. ¶ Because your sins are so many ¶ and your hostility so great, ¶ the prophet is considered a fool, ¶ the inspired person a maniac.

8 The prophet, along with my God, is the watchman over Ephraim, [^1] yet snares await him on all his paths, ¶ and hostility in the house of his God.

9 They have sunk deep into corruption, as in the days of Gibeah. ¶ God will remember their wickedness ¶ and punish them for their sins.

10 "When I found Israel, ¶ it was like finding grapes in the desert; ¶ when I saw your ancestors, ¶ it was like seeing the early fruit on the fig tree. ¶ But when they came to Baal Peor, ¶ they consecrated themselves to that shameful idol ¶ and became as vile as the thing they loved.

11 Ephraim's glory will fly away like a bird — no birth, no pregnancy, no conception.

12 Even if they rear children, I will bereave them of every one. ¶ Woe to them ¶ when I turn away from them!

13 I have seen Ephraim, like Tyre, planted in a pleasant place. ¶ But Ephraim will bring out ¶ their children to the slayer."

14 Give them, LORD — ¶ what will you give them? ¶ Give them wombs that miscarry ¶ and breasts that are dry.

15 "Because of all their wickedness in Gilgal, ¶ I hated them there. ¶ Because of their sinful deeds, ¶ I will drive them out of my house. ¶ I will no longer love them; ¶ all their leaders are rebellious.

16 Ephraim is blighted, their root is withered, ¶ they yield no fruit. ¶ Even if they bear children, ¶ I will slay their cherished offspring."

17 My God will reject them ¶ because they have not obeyed him; ¶ they will be wanderers among the nations.

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