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Judgment of Israel’s Sin

9 Do anot rejoice, O Israel, with joy like other peoples,

For you have played the harlot against your God.

You have made love for bhire on every threshing floor.

2 The threshing floor and the winepress

Shall not feed them,

And the new wine shall fail in her.

3 They shall not dwell in cthe Lord’s land,

dBut Ephraim shall return to Egypt,

And eshall eat unclean things in Assyria.

4 They shall not offer wine offerings to the Lord,

Nor fshall their gsacrifices be pleasing to Him.

It shall be like bread of mourners to them;

All who eat it shall be defiled.

For their bread shall be for their own life;

It shall not come into the house of the Lord.

5 What will you do in the appointed day,

And in the day of the feast of the Lord?

6 For indeed they are gone because of destruction.

Egypt shall gather them up;

Memphis shall bury them.

hNettles shall possess their valuables of silver;

Thorns shall be in their tents.

7 The idays of punishment have come;

The days of recompense have come.

Israel knows!

The prophet is a jfool,

kThe spiritual man is insane,

Because of the greatness of your iniquity and great enmity.

8 The lwatchman of Ephraim is with my God;

But the prophet is a 1fowler’s snare in all his ways—

Enmity in the house of his God.

9 mThey are deeply corrupted,

As in the days of nGibeah.

He will remember their iniquity;

He will punish their sins.

10 “I found Israel

Like grapes in the owilderness;

I saw your fathers

As the pfirstfruits on the fig tree in its first season.

But they went to qBaal Peor,

And 2separated themselves to that shame;

rThey 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, swoe to them when I depart from them!

13 Just tas 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 ua miscarrying womb

And dry breasts!

15 “All their wickedness is in vGilgal,

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.

wAll their princes are rebellious.

16 Ephraim is xstricken,

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 ycast them away,

Because they did not obey Him;

And they shall be zwanderers among the nations.


About The New King James Version

The New King James Version is a total update of the 1611 King James Version, also known as the "Authorized Version." Every attempt has been made to maintain the beauty of the original version while updating the English grammar to contemporary style and usage. The result is much better "readability." It is noteworthy that the NKJV is one of the few modern translations still based on the "Western" or "Byzantine" manuscript tradition. This makes the New King James Version an invaluable aid to comparative English Bible study.


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