The distress and captivity of Israel for their sins, especially their idolatry.
1Rejoice 1not, O Israel, for joy, as other people: for thou hast gone a whoring from thy God, thou hast loved a 2reward aupon every cornfloor.
2The 1floor and the awinepress shall not feed them, and the new wine shall fail in her.
3They shall not dwell in 1the Lord's land; but Ephraim 2shall return to Egypt, and 3they shall eat unclean things in Assyria.
41They shall not offer wine offerings to the Lord, 2neither shall they be pleasing unto him: their sacrifices shall be unto them as the 3bread of mourners; 4all that eat thereof shall be polluted: for their 5bread for their soul shall not come into the house of the Lord.
51What will ye do in the solemn day, and in the day of the feast of the Lord?
6For, lo, 1they are gone because of adestruction: Egypt shall gather them up, 2Memphis shall bury them: bthe pleasant places for their silver, nettles shall possess them: thorns shall be in their tabernacles.
71The days of visitation are come, the days of recompence are come; Israel shall know it: 2the prophet is a fool, the aspiritual man is mad, for the multitude of thine iniquity, and the great hatred.
8The 1watchman of Ephraim was with my God: but2the prophet is a snare of a fowler in all his ways, and hatred ain the house of his God.
9They have 1deeply corrupted themselves, as in the days of 2Gibeah: therefore3he will remember their iniquity, he will visit their sins.
101I found Israel like grapes in the wilderness; I saw your fathers as the firstripe in the fig tree at her first time: but they 2went to Baal-peor, and separated themselves unto that shame; and 3their abominations were according as they 4loved.
11as for Ephraim, 1their glory shall fly away like a bird, from the birth, and from the womb, and from the conception.
12Though they bring up their children, yet 1will I bereave them, that there shall not be a man left: yea, woe also to them 2when I depart from them!
13Ephraim, as I saw 1Tyrus, is planted in a pleasant place: but Ephraim 2shall bring forth his children to the murderer.
141Give them, O Lord: what wilt thou give? give them a amiscarrying womb and dry breasts.
15All their wickedness 1is in Gilgal: for there I hated them: 2for the wickedness of their doings I will drive them out of mine 3house, I will love them no more: 4all their princes are revolters.
161Ephraim is smitten, their root is dried up, they shall bear no fruit: yea, though they bring forth, yet will I slay evenathe beloved fruit of their womb.
17My God 1will cast them away, because they did not hearken unto him: and they shall be wanderers among the nations.