9 “Don’t celebrate, Israel, like other nations would rejoice, because you left your God by committing fornication, loving the profit you gained on all of the threshing floors. 2 Neither threshing floor nor winepress will sustain them, and the new wine will disappoint her. 3 They will not live in the Lord’s land— Ephraim will return to Egypt, and they will eat unclean food in Assyria. 4 They won’t present wine offerings to the Lord, nor will they please him. Their sacrifices will seem like food for mourners— everyone who eats them will become unclean; none of them will enter the Temple of the Lord.
5 “What will you do on the designated holiday, when the Lord’s festival comes? 6 Look! They have gone away because of the destruction— Egypt will gather them up, and Memphis[a] will bury them. Weeds will overgrow their inheritance,[b] and thorns will grow[c] in their tents. 7 The time for your judgment has now come; payday is here— and Israel knows it. The prophet is a fool, and the spiritual man is insane. Because of your great sin, the hatred against you[d] is great. 8 While Ephraim stands watch with my God, the prophet has snares set that will trap his ways, and hostility lodges in the Temple of his God. 9 They have corrupted themselves deeply, as did Gibeah[e] in its day. Therefore God[f] will remember their lawlessness, and he will pay them back for their sins.
10 “I found Israel, as one finds[g] grapes in the wilderness; Your ancestors seemed to me like the fruit gleaned from a fig tree’s first harvest. When they went to Baal-peor,[h] they devoted themselves to that filth, and they became loathsome, like what they loved. 11 The glory of Ephraim will fly away like a bird— no birth, no pregnancy, not even a conception. 12 Even if they rear their children, I will, in turn, make them childless— in fact, woe to them when I turn away from them! 13 Ephraim, as I see it, is like Tyre, planted in a comfortable place; Ephraim will bear children but they will be executed.”
14 Give them, Lord— What will you give? You will give them a womb that miscarries and dry breasts.
15 “All of their wickedness started[i] in Gilgal, because I began to hate them there. Because of the wickedness of their behavior, I will drive them from my Temple. I will not love them anymore; all their leaders are rebels. 16 Ephraim is blighted;[j] its roots shriveled. It can bear no fruit. Even if they bear children, I will kill their cherished offspring.
17 “My God will reject them, because they did not obey him, and they will become wanderers among the nations.”
Hosea 9:6So LXX. Heb. Moph; i.e. the capital of Lower Egypt
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