Punishment for Israel
9:1 Rejoice not, O Israel, for joy, as other people:
for thou hast gone a whoring from thy God, thou hast loved a
reward upon every cornfloor.
9:2 The floor and the winepress shall not feed them, and
the new wine shall fail in her.
9:3 They shall not dwell in the LORD's land; but Ephraim
shall return to Egypt, and they shall eat unclean things in
9:4 They shall not offer wine offerings to the LORD,
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 the LORD.
9:5 What will ye do in the solemn day, and in the day of
the feast of the LORD?
9:6 For, lo, they are gone because of destruction: Egypt
shall gather them up, Memphis shall bury them: the pleasant
places for their silver, nettles shall possess them: thorns
shall be in their tabernacles.
9:7 The days of visitation are come, the days of recompence
are come; Israel shall know it: the prophet is a fool, the
spiritual man is mad, for the multitude of thine iniquity,
and the great hatred.
9:8 The watchman of Ephraim was with my God: but the
prophet is a snare of a fowler in all his ways, and hatred
in the house of his God.
9:9 They have deeply corrupted themselves, as in the days
of Gibeah: therefore he will remember their iniquity, he
will visit their sins.
9:10 I found Israel like grapes in the wilderness; I saw
your fathers as the firstripe in the fig tree at her first
time: but they went to Baalpeor, and separated themselves
unto that shame; and their abominations were according as
9:11 As for Ephraim, their glory shall fly away like a
bird, from the birth, and from the womb, and from the
9:12 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!
9:13 Ephraim, as I saw Tyrus, is planted in a pleasant
place: but Ephraim shall bring forth his children to the
9:14 Give them, O LORD: what wilt thou give? give them a
miscarrying womb and dry breasts.
9:15 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.
9:16 Ephraim 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.
9:17 My God will cast them away, because they did not
hearken unto him: and they shall be wanderers among the