11 Ephraim's (A)glory shall fly away like a bird—
    (B)no birth, no pregnancy, no conception!
12 (C)Even if they bring up children,
    I will bereave them till none is left.
(D)Woe to them
    when (E)I depart from them!
13 Ephraim, (F)as I have seen, was like a young palm[a] planted in a meadow;
    but (G)Ephraim must lead his children out to slaughter.[b]
14 Give them, O Lord
    what will you give?
Give them (H)a miscarrying womb
    and dry breasts.

15 Every evil of theirs is in (I)Gilgal;
    there I began to hate them.
Because of the wickedness of their deeds
    I will drive them out of my house.
I will love them no more;
    all (J)their princes are (K)rebels.

16 Ephraim is stricken;
    (L)their root is dried up;
    they shall bear no fruit.
Even (M)though they give birth,
    (N)I will put their beloved children to death.

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Footnotes

  1. Hosea 9:13 Or like Tyre
  2. Hosea 9:13 Hebrew to him who slaughters

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