10 “I found Israel
Like grapes in the (A)wilderness;
I saw your fathers
As the (B)firstfruits on the fig tree in its first season.
But they went to (C)Baal Peor,
And [a]separated themselves to that shame;
(D)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, (E)woe to them when I depart from them!
13 Just (F)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 (G)a miscarrying womb
And dry breasts!

15 “All their wickedness is in (H)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.
(I)All their princes are rebellious.
16 Ephraim is (J)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 (K)cast them away,
Because they did not obey Him;
And they shall be (L)wanderers among the nations.

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Footnotes

  1. Hosea 9:10 Or dedicated