The distress and captivity of Israel for their sins and idolatry.
Hosea 9:1 Do not thou triumph O Israel, make no boastyng ouer ioyous thinges as do the heathen: for thou hast committed adulterie agaynst thy God, whorishe rewardes hast thou loued more then all the corne floores. Hosea 9:2 The corne floore and the wine presse shall not feede them: and the newe wine shall fayle them. Hosea 9:3 They shall not dwell in the Lordes lande, but Ephraim shall turne agayne into Egypt, and eate vncleane thinges among the Assyrians. Hosea 9:4 They powre out no wine for a drynke offeryng vnto the Lorde, neither shall their slayne offeringes be pleasaunt vnto him, they shalbe vnto them as the bread of mourners, all they that eate shalbe defiled: for their bread for their soules shall not come into the house of the Lorde. Hosea 9:5 What wyll ye do then in the solempne day, and in the feast day of the Lorde? Hosea 9:6 For beholde they are gone away for destruction, [but] Egypt shall gather them, and Memphis shall bury them: the nettles shall possesse the pleasaunt [places] of their siluer, thornes shalbe in their tabernacles. Hosea 9:7 The dayes of visitation are come, the dayes of recompence are come: and then shall Israel knowe that they were deceaued by a foolishe, mad, & franticke prophete: for the multitude of thine iniquitie [God] shall multiplie enemies agaynst thee. Hosea 9:8 The watchman of Ephraim [was] with my God [but] the prophete [is] the snare of a fouler in all his wayes, and an abhomination in the house of his God. Hosea 9:9 They haue gone to the bottome, they are corrupt as in the dayes of Gibea: [therfore] he wyll remember their iniquitie, and visite their sinnes. Hosea 9:10 I founde Israel like grapes in the wildernesse, & sawe their fathers as the first ripe in ye figge tree at her first season: but they went to Baal Peor, & seperated them selues to that shame, and became as abhominable as their louers. Hosea 9:11 Ephraim their glorie shall flee away like a birde: for birth, for wombe, and conception. Hosea 9:12 And though they bryng vp children, yet I wyll destroy them before they be men: Yea wo shall come to them when I depart from them. Hosea 9:13 Ephraim (as me thinke) is planted in a pleasaunt place, like as is Tyrus: but nowe must she bryng her owne children foorth to the manslayer. Hosea 9:14 O Lorde geue them: what shalt thou geue them? Geue them an vnfruitfull wombe, and drye breastes. Hosea 9:15 All their wickednesse is done at Gilgall, there do I abhorre them: for the vngratiousnesse of their owne inuentions I wyll driue them out of my house, I wyll loue them no more, for all their princes are vnfaithfull. Hosea 9:16 Ephraim is hewen downe, their roote is dried vp, so that they shall bryng no more fruite: yea and though they bryng foorth any, yet wyll I slay euen the best beloued of their body. Hosea 9:17 My God shall cast them away, for they haue not ben obedient vnto him, therfore shall they wander among the heathen.