Hosea 9

1 Rejoice not, O Yisrael, for joy, as other people, for you have gone a whoring from your God (Elohim). You have loved a reward upon every cornfloor.

2 The floor and the winepress shall not feed them, and the new wine shall fail in her.

3 They shall not dwell in יהוה’s land; but Efrayim shall return to Egypt (Mitsrayim), and they shall eat unclean things in Assyria (Ashshur).

4 They shall not offer wine offerings to יהוה, 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 יהוה.

5 What will you do in the solemn day, and in the day of the feast of יהוה?

6 For, behold, they are gone because of destruction. Egypt (Mitsrayim) 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; Yisrael shall know it; the prophet is a fool, the spiritual man is mad, for the multitude of your iniquity, and the great hatred.

8 The watchman of Efrayim was with my God (Elohim); but the prophet is a snare of a fowler in all his ways, and hatred in the house of his God (Elohim).

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 Yisrael like grapes in the wilderness; I saw your fathers as the firstripe in the fig tree at her first time; but they went to Baal-Peor, and separated themselves unto that shame; and their abominations were according as they loved.

11 As for Efrayim, 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 Efrayim, as I saw Tyrus, is planted in a pleasant place; but Efrayim shall bring forth his children to the murderer.”

14 Give them, O יהוה; what wilt You give? Give them a miscarrying 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 Efrayim is smitten, their root is dried up, they shall bear no fruit; yea, though they bring forth, yet will I slay even the beloved fruit of their womb.”

17 My God (Elohim) will cast them away, because they did not hearken unto him; and they shall be wanderers among the nations.