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The distress and captivity of Israel for their sins and idolatry.

[1] Rejoice not, O Israel: rejoice not as the nations do: for thou hast committed fornication against thy God, thou hast loved a reward upon every cornfloor. [2] The floor and the winepress shall not feed them, and the wine shall deceive them. [3] They shall not dwell in the Lord' s land: Ephraim is returned to Egypt, and hath eaten unclean things among the Assyrians. [4] They shall not offer wine to the Lord, neither shall they please him: their sacrifices shall be like the bread of mourners: all that shall eat it shall be defiled: for their bread is life for their soul, it shall not enter into the house of the Lord. [5] What will you do in the solemn day, in the day of the feast of the Lord?

[6] For behold they are gone because of destruction: Egypt shall gather them together, Memphis shall bury them: nettles shall inherit their beloved silver, the bur shall be in their tabernacles. [7] The days of visitation are come, the days of repaying are come: know ye, O Israel, that the prophet was foolish, the spiritual man was mad, for the multitude of thy iniquity, and the multitude of thy madness. [8] The watchman of Ephraim was with my God: the prophet is become a snare of ruin upon all his ways, madness is in the house of his God. [9] They have sinned deeply, as in the days of Gabaa: he will remember their iniquity, and will visit their sin. [10] I found Israel like grapes in the desert, I saw their fathers like the firstfruits of the fig tree in the top thereof: but they went in to Beelphegor, and alienated themselves to that confusion, and became abominable, as those things were, which they loved.

[11] As for Ephraim, their glory hath flown away like a bird from the birth, and from the womb, and from the conception. [12] And though they should bring up their children, I will make them without children among men: yea, and woe to them, when I shall depart from them. [13] Ephraim, as I saw, was a Tyre founded in beauty: and Ephraim shall bring out his children to the murderer. [14] Give them, O Lord. What wilt thou give them? Give them a womb without children, and dry breasts. [15] All their wickedness is in Galgal, for there I hated them: for the wickedness of their devices I will cast them forth out of my house: I will love them no more, all their princes are revolters.

[16] Ephraim is struck, their root is dried up, they shall yield no fruit. And if they should have issue, I will slay the best beloved fruit of their womb. [17] My God will cast them away, because they hearkened not to him: and they shall be wanderers among the nations.

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