Hosea 9 King James Version

The Punishment for Israel's Persistent Unfaithfulness

9 Rejoice not, O Israel, for joy, as other people: for thou hast gone a whoring from thy God, thou hast loved a reward upon every cornfloor. 2  The floor and the winepress [1] shall not feed them, and the new wine shall fail in her. 3  They shall not dwell in the Lord's land; but Ephraim shall return to Egypt, and they shall eat unclean things in Assyria. 4  They shall not offer wine offerings to the Lord, neither shall they be pleasing unto him: their sacrifices shall be unto them as the bread of mourners; all that eat thereof shall be polluted: for their bread for their soul shall not come into the house of the Lord. 5  What will ye do in the solemn day, and in the day of the feast of the Lord? 6  For, lo, they are gone because of destruction: [2] Egypt shall gather them up, Memphis shall bury them: the pleasant places for their silver, nettles shall possess them: thorns shall be in their tabernacles.

7  The days of visitation are come, the days of recompence are come; Israel shall know it: the prophet is a fool, the spiritual [3] man is mad, for the multitude of thine iniquity, and the great hatred. 8  The watchman of Ephraim was with my God: but the prophet is a snare of a fowler in all his ways, and hatred in the house of his God. 9  They have deeply corrupted themselves, as in the days of Gibeah: therefore he will remember their iniquity, he will visit their sins. 10  I found Israel like grapes in the wilderness; I saw your fathers as the firstripe in the fig tree at her first time: but they went to Baalpeor, and separated themselves unto that shame; and their abominations were according as they loved.

11  As for Ephraim, their glory shall fly away like a bird, from the birth, and from the womb, and from the conception. 12  Though they bring up their children, yet will I bereave them, that there shall not be a man left: yea, woe also to them when I depart from them! 13  Ephraim, as I saw Tyrus, is planted in a pleasant place: but Ephraim shall bring forth his children to the murderer. 14  Give them, O Lord: what wilt thou give? give them a miscarrying [4] womb and dry breasts. 15  All their wickedness is in Gilgal: for there I hated them: for the wickedness of their doings I will drive them out of mine house, I will love them no more: all their princes are revolters. 16  Ephraim is smitten, their root is dried up, they shall bear [5] no fruit: yea, though they bring forth, yet will I slay even the beloved fruit of their womb. 17  My God will cast them away, because they did not hearken unto him: and they shall be wanderers among the nations.

Footnotes

[1] 9:2 winepress: or, winefat

[2] 9:6 destruction: Heb. spoil

[3] 9:7 spiritual...: Heb. man of the spirit

[4] 9:14 miscarrying: Heb. that casteth the fruit

[5] 9:16 the...: Heb. the desires

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