Hosea 9

Israel Will Be Punished

   Israel, don’t celebrate
      or make noisy shouts
         like other nations.
      You have been unfaithful
         to your God.
      Wherever grain is threshed,
         you behave like prostitutes
      because you enjoy
         the money you receive.
2 But you will run short
      of grain and wine,
3 and you will have to leave
      the land of the Lord.
   Some of you will go to Egypt;
   others will go to Assyria
      and eat unclean food.
4 You won’t be able to offer
   sacrifices of wine
      to the Lord.
   None of your sacrifices
      will please him—
   they will be unclean
      like food offered to the dead.
   Your food will only be used
      to satisfy your hunger;
   none of it will be brought
      to the Lord’s temple.
5 You will no longer be able
   to celebrate the festival
      of the Lord.
6 Even if you escape alive,
   you will end up in Egypt
      and be buried in Memphis.
   Your silver treasures
      will be lost among weeds;
   thorns will sprout in your tents.
7 Israel, the time has come.
   You will get what you deserve,
      and you will know it.
   “Prophets are fools,” you say.
   “And God’s messengers
      are crazy.”
   Your terrible guilt
      has filled you with hatred.

8 Israel, the Lord sent me
      to look after you.
   But you trap his prophets
   and flood his temple
      with your hatred.
9 You are brutal and corrupt,
      as were the men of Gibeah.
   But God remembers your sin,
      and you will be punished.

Sin’s Terrible Results

10 Israel, when I, the Lord,
          found you long ago
     it was like finding
     grapes in a barren desert
          or tender young figs.
     Then you worshiped Baal Peor,
          that disgusting idol,
     and you became as disgusting
          as the idol you loved.

11 And so, Israel, your glory
          will fly away like birds—
     your women will no longer
          be able to give birth.
12 Even if you do have children,
     I will take them all
          and leave you to mourn.
     I will turn away,
     and you will sink down
          in deep trouble.
13 Israel, when I first met you,
     I thought of you as palm trees
          growing in fertile ground.
     Now you lead your people out,
          only to be slaughtered.

Hosea's Advice

14 Our Lord, do just one thing
          for your people—
     make their women unable
     to have children
          or to nurse their babies.
15 Israel, I first began
     to hate you because
          you did evil at Gilgal.
     Now I will chase you
          out of my house.
     No longer will I love you;
          your leaders betrayed me.
16 Israel, you are a vine
     with dried-up roots
          and fruitless branches.
     Even if you had more children
     and loved them dearly,
          I would slaughter them all.

Hosea Warns Israel

17 Israel, you disobeyed my God.
     Now he will force you to roam
          from nation to nation.

The Contemporary English Version, c1995 by the American Bible Society.
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