Ephraim Punished

(A)Do not rejoice, O Israel, [a]with exultation like the [b]nations!
For you have (B)played the harlot, [c]forsaking your God.
You have loved harlots’ earnings on [d]every threshing floor.
Threshing floor and wine press will (C)not feed them,
And the new wine will fail [e]them.
They will not remain in (D)the Lord’s land,
But Ephraim will return to (E)Egypt,
And in (F)Assyria they will eat (G)unclean food.
They will not pour out drink offerings of (H)wine to the Lord,
(I)Their sacrifices will not please Him.
Their bread will [f]be like [g]mourners’ bread;
All who eat of it will be (J)defiled,
For their bread will be for [h]themselves alone;
It will not enter the house of the Lord.
(K)What will you do on the day of the appointed festival
And on the day of the (L)feast of the Lord?
For behold, they will go because of destruction;
Egypt will gather them up, (M)Memphis will bury them.
Weeds will take over their treasures of silver;
(N)Thorns will be in their tents.

The days of (O)punishment have come,
The days of (P)retribution have come;
[i]Let Israel know this!
The prophet is a (Q)fool,
The [j]inspired man is (R)demented,
Because of the grossness of your (S)iniquity,
And because your hostility is so great.
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.
They have gone (T)deep [k]in depravity
As in the days of (U)Gibeah;
He will (V)remember their iniquity,
He will punish their sins.

10 I found Israel like (W)grapes in the wilderness;
I saw your forefathers as the (X)earliest fruit on the fig tree in its first season.
But they came to (Y)Baal-peor and devoted themselves to [l](Z)shame,
And they became as (AA)detestable as that which they loved.
11 As for Ephraim, their (AB)glory 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 [m]until not a man is left.
Yes, (AC)woe to them indeed when I depart from them!
13 Ephraim, as I have seen,
Is planted in a pleasant meadow like (AD)Tyre;
But Ephraim will bring out his children for slaughter.
14 Give them, O Lord—what will You give?
Give them a (AE)miscarrying womb and dry breasts.

15 All their evil is at (AF)Gilgal;
Indeed, I came to hate them there!
Because of the (AG)wickedness of their deeds
I will drive them out of My house!
I will love them no more;
All their princes are (AH)rebels.
16 (AI)Ephraim is stricken, their root is dried up,
They will bear (AJ)no fruit.
Even though they bear children,
I will slay the (AK)precious ones of their womb.
17 My God will cast them away
Because they have (AL)not listened to Him;
And they will be (AM)wanderers among the nations.


  1. Hosea 9:1 Lit to
  2. Hosea 9:1 Lit peoples
  3. Hosea 9:1 Lit away from your God
  4. Hosea 9:1 Lit all threshing floors of grain
  5. Hosea 9:2 Lit her
  6. Hosea 9:4 Lit be to them
  7. Hosea 9:4 Or bread of misfortune
  8. Hosea 9:4 Lit their appetite
  9. Hosea 9:7 Or Israel will know it
  10. Hosea 9:7 Lit man of the spirit
  11. Hosea 9:9 Lit they have corrupted
  12. Hosea 9:10 I.e. Baal
  13. Hosea 9:12 Lit without a man