The distress and captivity of Israel for their sins and idolatry.
Hosea 9:1 Do not thou tryumphe, O Israel, make no boastinge more then the Heathen, for thou hast committed aduoutrye againste thy God: straung rewardes hast thou loued more then al þe corneflores. Hosea 9:2 Therfore shal they no more enioy the corneflores & winepresses, & their swete wine shall fayle them. Hosea 9:3 They will not dwell in the Lordes lande, but Ephraim turneth agayne into Egypte, and eateth vncleane thinges amonge the Assirians. Hosea 9:4 They poure oute no wyne for a drinckofferinge vnto the Lord, neyther geue they him their flain offeringes: but they be vnto them as mourners meates, wherin all they that eate them, are defyled. For the breade that they haue suche luste vnto, shall not come into the house of the Lorde. Hosea 9:5 What wyl ye do then in the solempne daies, and in the feaste of the Lorde? Hosea 9:6 Lo, they shall get them awaye for the destruccyon: Egipte shal receyue them, & Noph shall bury them. The netles shal ouergrowe their pleasaunt goodes, and burres shalbe in their tabernacles. Hosea 9:7 Be ye sure (O Israel) the tyme of visitacyon is come, the dayes of recompensynge are at hande. As for the Prophete, ye holde hym for a foole: and him that is ryche in the spyrite for a mad man: so great is youre wickednes and malice. Hosea 9:8 Ephraim hath made him selfe a watchman of my God, a prophet þt is become a snare to do hurte in euery strete and abhomynacyon in the house of his God. Hosea 9:9 They be gone to farre, & haue destroyed themselues, like as they dyd afore tyme at Gabaa. Therfore their wyckednes shalbe remembred, and their synnes punyshed. Hosea 9:10 I founde Israel lyke the grapes in the wildernes, & saw their fathers as the fyrst figges in the top of the fygge tre. But they are gone to Baal Peor, & runne away from me to that shamefull Idoll, and are become as abhominable as their louers. Hosea 9:11 Ephraim flyeth lyke a byrde, so shall their glory also. In so muche, that they shall neyther beget, conceyue nor beare children. Hosea 9:12 And though they bring vp any yet wyll I make them chyldelesse among men. Yea, wo shall come to them, when I departe from them. Hosea 9:13 Ephraim (as me thyncke) is planted in welthynesse, lyke as Tirus, but nowe must she bring her owne children forth to the manslayer. Hosea 9:14 O Lorde thou shalt geue them: what shalte thou geue them? geue them an vnfrutefull wombe and drye brestes. Hosea 9:15 All their wyckednesse is done at Galgal, there do I abhorre them. For the vngracyousnes of their owne inuencyons. I will driue them oute of my house. I will loue them no more, for all their princes are vnfaythfull. Hosea 9:16 Ephraim is hewen doune, their rote is dryed vp, so that they shal brynge no more frute: yea and thoughe they brynge forth any, yet will I slaye euen the best beloued frute of their body. Hosea 9:17 My god shal cast them awaye, for they haue not bene obedient vnto hym, therefore shal they go astray amonge the Heathen.