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9 Israel, do not rejoice jubilantly as the nations do,ac
for you have acted promiscuously,ad leaving your God.
You love the wages of a prostitute
on every grain-threshing floor.ae
2 Threshing floor and wine vat will not sustain them,af
and the new wine will fail them.
Instead, Ephraim will return to Egypt,ag
their wine offerings to the Lord,aj
and their sacrifices will not please him.
Their food will be like the bread of mourners;
all who eat it become defiled.ak
For their bread will be for their appetites alone;
it will not enter the house of the Lord.
5 What will you do on a festival day,al
on the day of the Lord’s feast?am
Egypt will gather them, and Memphis will bury them.an
Thistles will take possession of their precious silver;
thorns will invade their tents.ao
7 The days of punishment have come;ap
the days of retribution have come.aq
Let Israel recognize it!
The prophet is a fool,ar
and the inspired man is insane,as
because of the magnitude
of your iniquity and hostility.at
on all his pathways.a
Hostility is in the house of his God!
9 They have deeply corrupted themselvesb
as in the days of Gibeah.c
He will remember their iniquity;
he will punish their sins.d
10 I discovered Israel
like grapes in the wilderness.e
I saw your ancestors
like the first fruit of the fig tree in its first season.f
But they went to Baal-peor,g
and became abhorrent,i
like the thing they loved.
11 Ephraim’s glory will fly away like a bird:j
no birth, no pregnancy, no conception.k
I will bereave them of each one.
Yes, woe to them when I depart from them!l
13 I have seen Ephraim like Tyre,m
planted in a meadow,
so Ephraim will bring out his children
to the executioner.
What should you give?
Give them a womb that miscarries
and breasts that are dry!n
15 All their evil appears at Gilgal,o
for there I began to hate them.
I will drive them from my house
because of their evil, wicked actions.p
I will no longer love them;
all their leaders are rebellious.q
16 Ephraimr is struck down;
their roots are withered;
they cannot bear fruit.s
Even if they bear children,
I will kill the precious offspring of their wombs.t
because they have not listened to him;u
they will become wanderers among the nations.v
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