The Coming Exile
1Israel, do not rejoice jubilantly as the nations do, #Is 22:12-13Hs 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|NoBook| 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
and their sacrifices will not please Him.
Their food will be like the bread of mourners;
all who eat it become defiled. #Nm 19:11-14Dt 26:12-14Jr 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 10:3Jr 5:31
on the day of the Lord’s feast? #Hs 2:11Jl 1:13
6For even if they flee from devastation,
Egypt will gather them, and Memphis will bury them. #Is 19:13Jr 2:16|NoBook| 44:1|NoBook| 46:14Ezk 30:13
Thistles will take possession of their precious silver;
thorns will invade their tents. #Is 5:6|NoBook| 7:23Hs 10:8
7The days of punishment have come; #Is 10:3Jr 10:15Mc 7:4
the days of retribution have come. #Is 34:8Jr 16:18|NoBook| 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 29:5-6Hs 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 19–21Hs 5:8|NoBook| 10:9
He will remember their guilt;
He will punish their sins. #Hs 7:2|NoBook| 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 11:13Hs 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|NoBook| 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|NoBook| 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|NoBook| 7:2|NoBook| 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