The distress and captivity of Israel for their sins and idolatry.
Hosea 9:1 Reioyce not, O Israel, for ioy as [other] people: for thou hast gone a whoring from thy God, thou hast loued a reward vpon euery corne floore. Hosea 9:2 The floore and the winepresse shall not feede them, and the new wine shall faile in her. Hosea 9:3 They shal not dwel in ye LORDS land: but Ephraim shall returne to Egypt, and they shall eat vncleane things in Assyria. Hosea 9:4 They shall not offer wine [offrings] to the LORD: neither shall they be pleasing vnto him: [their sacrifices shalbe] vnto them as the bread of mourners: all that eate thereof shall be polluted: for their bread for their soule shall not come into the house of the LORD. Hosea 9:5 What will yee doe in the solemne day, and in the day of the feast of the LORD? Hosea 9:6 For loe they are gone, because of destruction: Egypt shall gather them vp, Memphis shall burie them: the pleasant [places] for their siluer, netles shal possesse them: thornes [shall be] in their Tabernacles. Hosea 9:7 The dayes of visitation are come, the dayes of recompence are come, Israel shall know [it]; the Prophet [is] a foole, the spirituall man is madde, for the multitude of thine iniquitie and the great hatred. Hosea 9:8 The watchman of Ephraim [was] with my God: [but] the Prophet [is] a snare of a fouler in all his wayes, [and] hatred in the house of his God. Hosea 9:9 They haue deeply corrupted [themselues] as in the dayes of Gibeah: [therefore] he will remember their iniquitie, he will visite their sinnes. Hosea 9:10 I found Israel like grapes in the wildernesse: I saw your fathers as the first ripe in the fig tree at her first time: [but] they went to Baalpeor, and separated themselues vnto that shame, and [their] abominations were according as they loued. Hosea 9:11 As for Ephraim, their glory shall flee away like a bird: from the birth and from the wombe, and from the conception. Hosea 9:12 Though they bring vp their children, yet wil I bereaue them that there shall not be a man [left]: yea, woe also to them when I depart from them. Hosea 9:13 Ephraim, as I saw Tyrus, is planted in a pleasant place: but Ephraim shall bring foorth his children to the murderer. Hosea 9:14 Giue them, O LORD: what wilt thou giue? giue them a miscarying wombe, and drie breasts. Hosea 9:15 All their wickednesse [is] in Gilgal: for there I hated them: for the wickednesse of their doings I will driue them out of mine house, I will loue them no more: all their princes are reuolters. Hosea 9:16 Ephraim is smitten, their roote is dried vp, they shall beare no fruite: yea though they bring foorth, yet wil I slay euen the beloued [fruite] of their wombe. Hosea 9:17 My God will cast them away, because they did not hearken vnto him: and they shalbe wanderers among the nations.