Hosea 8

The Book of Hosea



Rejoice not, O Israel, for joy, like the peoples; for thou hast played the harlot, departing from thy YAHUVEH; thou hast loved hire upon every grain-floor.


The threshing-floor and the winepress shall not feed them, and the new wine shall fail her.


They shall not dwell in YAHUVEH's land; but Ephraim shall return to Egypt, and they shall eat unclean food in Assyria.


They shall not pour out wine-offerings to YAHUVEH, neither shall they be pleasing unto him: their sacrifices shall be unto them as the bread of mourners; all that eat thereof shall be polluted; for their bread shall be for their appetite; it shall not come into the house of YAHUVEH.


What will ye do in the day of solemn assembly, and in the day of the feast of YAHUVEH?


For, lo, they are gone away from destruction; yet Egypt shall gather them up, Memphis shall bury them; their pleasant things of silver, nettles shall possess them; thorns shall be in their tents.


The days of visitation are come, the days of recompense are come; Israel shall know it: the prophet is a fool, the man that hath the spirit is mad, for the abundance of thine iniquity, and because the enmity is great.


Ephraim was a watchman with my YAHUVEH: as for the prophet, a fowler's snare is in all his ways, and enmity in the house of his YAHUVEH.


They have deeply corrupted themselves, as in the days of Gibeah: he will remember their iniquity, he will visit their sins.


I found Israel like grapes in the wilderness; I saw your fathers as the first-ripe in the fig-tree at its first season: but they came to Baal-peor, and consecrated themselves unto the shameful thing, and became abominable like that which they loved.


As for Ephraim, their glory shall fly away like a bird: there shall be no birth, and none with child, and no conception.


Though they bring up their children, yet will I bereave them, so that not a man shall be left: yea, woe also to them when I depart from them!


Ephraim, like as I have seen Tyre, is planted in a pleasant place: but Ephraim shall bring out his children to the slayer.


Give them, O YAHUVEH-what wilt thou give? give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts.


All their wickedness is in Gilgal; for there I hated them: because of the wickedness of their doings I will drive them out of my house; I will love them no more; all their princes are revolters.


Ephraim is smitten, their root is dried up, they shall bear no fruit: yea, though they bring forth, yet will I slay the beloved fruit of their womb.


My YAHUVEH will cast them away, because they did not hearken unto him; and they shall be wanderers among the nations.

Hosea 10