The Coming Exile
1Israel, do not rejoice jubilantly as the nations do, # Is 22:12-13; Hs 10:5
for you have acted promiscuously, # Hs 4:12 leaving your God.
You have loved the wages of a prostitute
on every grain-threshing floor. # Hs 7:14
2Threshing floor and wine vat will not sustain them, # Hs 2:9
and the new wine will fail them.
3They will not stay in the land of the Lord.
Instead, Ephraim will return to Egypt, # Hs 7:16; 8:13
and they will eat unclean food # Ezk 4:13 in Assyria. # Hs 11:7
4They will not pour out
their wine offerings to the Lord, # Nm 15:5,7,10
and their sacrifices will not please Him.
Their food will be like the bread of mourners;
all who eat it become defiled. # Nm 19:11-14; Dt 26:12-14; Jr 16:5-7
For their bread will be for their appetites alone;
it will not enter the house of the Lord.
5What will you do on a festival day, # Is 10:3; Jr 5:31
on the day of the Lord’s feast? # Hs 2:11; Jl 1:13
6For even if they flee from devastation,
Egypt will gather them, and Memphis will bury them. # Is 19:13; Jr 2:16; 44:1; 46:14,19; Ezk 30:13,16
Thistles will take possession of their precious silver;
thorns will invade their tents. # Is 5:6; 7:23; Hs 10:8
7The days of punishment have come; # Is 10:3; Jr 10:15; Mc 7:4
the days of retribution have come. # Is 34:8; Jr 16:18; 25:14
Let Israel recognize it!
The prophet is a fool, # Lm 2:14
and the inspired man is insane, # Is 44:25
because of the magnitude
of your guilt and hostility. # Ezk 14:9-10
8Ephraim’s watchman is with my God.
The prophet encounters a fowler’s snare
on all his ways. # Pr 29:5-6; Hs 5:1
Hostility is in the house of his God!
9They have deeply corrupted themselves # Is 31:6
as in the days of Gibeah. # Jdg 19–21; Hs 5:8; 10:9
He will remember their guilt;
He will punish their sins. # Hs 7:2; 8:13
Ephraim Bereaved of Offspring
10I discovered Israel
like grapes in the wilderness. # Mc 7:1
I saw your fathers
like the first fruit of the fig tree in its first season. # Jr 24:2
But they went to Baal-peor, # Nm 25:1-9
consecrated themselves to Shame, # = Baal # Jr 11:13; Hs 4:18
and became detestable, # Ezk 20:8
like the thing they loved.
11Ephraim’s glory will fly away like a bird: # Hs 4:7; 10:4
no birth, no gestation, no conception. # Hs 4:10
12Even if they raise children,
I will bereave them of each one.
Yes, woe to them when I depart from them! # Hs 7:13
13I have seen Ephraim like Tyre, # Ezk 27:3-4
planted in a meadow,
so Ephraim will bring out his children
to the executioner.
14Give them, Lord
What should You give?
Give them a womb that miscarries
and breasts that are dry! # Gn 49:25
15All their evil appears at Gilgal, # Hs 4:15; 12:11
for there I came to hate them.
I will drive them from My house
because of their evil, wicked actions. # Hs 4:9; 7:2; 12:2
I will no longer love them;
all their leaders are rebellious. # Hs 5:2
16Ephraim # Hs 5:11 is struck down;
their roots are withered;
they cannot bear fruit. # Hs 8:7
Even if they bear children,
I will kill the precious offspring of their wombs. # Ezk 24:21
17My God will reject them
because they have not listened to Him; # Hs 4:10
they will become wanderers among the nations. # Hs 7:13