The distress and captivity of Israel for their sins and idolatry.
Hosea 9:1 'Rejoice not, O Israel, be not joyful like the peoples, For thou hast gone a-whoring from thy God, Thou hast loved a gift near all floors of corn. Hosea 9:2 Floor and wine-press do not delight them, And new wine doth fail in her, Hosea 9:3 They do not abide in the land of Jehovah, And turned back hath Ephraim [to] Egypt, And in Asshur an unclean thing they eat. Hosea 9:4 They pour not out wine to Jehovah, Nor are they sweet to Him, Their sacrifices [are] as bread of mourners to them, All eating it are unclean: For their bread [is] for themselves, It doth not come into the house of Jehovah. Hosea 9:5 What do ye at the day appointed? And at the day of Jehovah's festival? Hosea 9:6 For, lo, they have gone because of destruction, Egypt gathereth them, Moph burieth them, The desirable things of their silver, Nettles possess thema thorn [is] in their tents. Hosea 9:7 Come in have the days of inspection, Come in have the days of recompence, Israel doth know! a fool [is] the prophet, Mad [is] the man of the Spirit, Because of the abundance of thine iniquity, And great [is] the hatred. Hosea 9:8 Ephraim is looking [away] from My God, The prophet! a snare of a fowler [is] over all his ways, Hatred [is] in the house of his God. Hosea 9:9 They have gone deephave done corruptly, As [in] the days of Gibeah, He doth remember their iniquity, He doth inspect their sins. Hosea 9:10 As grapes in a wilderness I found Israel, As the first-fruit in a fig-tree, at its beginning, I have seen your fathers, Theythey have gone in [to] Baal-Peor, And are separated to a shameful thing, And are become abominable like their love. Hosea 9:11 Ephraim [is] as a fowl, Fly away doth their honour, without birth, And without womb, and without conception. Hosea 9:12 For though they nourish their sons, I have made them childlesswithout man, Surely also, woe to them, when I turn aside from them. Hosea 9:13 Ephraim! when I have looked to the rock, Is planted in comeliness, And Ephraim [is] to bring out unto a slayer his sons. Hosea 9:14 Give to them, Jehovahwhat dost Thou give? Give to them miscarrying womb, and dry breasts. Hosea 9:15 All their evil [is] in Gilgal, Surely there I have hated them, Because of the evil of their doings, Out of My house I do drive them, I add not to love them, all their heads [are] apostates. Hosea 9:16 Ephraim hath been smitten, Their root hath dried up, fruit they yield not, Yea, though they bring forth, I have put to death the desired of their womb. Hosea 9:17 Reject them doth my God, Because they have not hearkened to Him, And they are wanderers among nations!