REJOICE not, O Israel, leap not for joy, as others do;
because you have gone astray from your God, you have loved gifts from every threshing floor.
But the threshing floor and the winepress shall not satisfy them, and the oil shall fail them.
They shall not dwell in the LORD’S land;
but Ephraim shall return to Egypt, and they shall eat unclean things in Assyria.
They shall not offer wine offerings to the LORD, neither shall their sacrifices please him;
their sacrifices shall be to them as the bread of affliction;
all who eat of it shall be polluted;
for their own bread shall not come into the house of the LORD.
What will you do on the solemn feast day, and on the day of the feast of the LORD?
For, lo, they are gone in the prey: Egypt shall gather them up, Memphis shall bury them;
their valuable things of silver, strangers shall inherit them;
thorns shall grow in their tents.
¶ The days of vengeance have come, the days of recompense are near;
then Israel shall know it;
the prophet is a fool, a dull man possessed by a spirit of stupidity;
because of the multitude of your iniquity, your lasciviousness has been increased.
The watchman of Ephraim was with my God;
but the prophet is a snare and a stumbling block in all his ways, and wantonness in the house of God.
They have deeply corrupted themselves, as in the days of Ramtha;
therefore he will remember their iniquity, and he will punish them for their sins.
I found Israel like grapes in the wilderness;
I saw their fathers like the first fruit of the fig tree, but they went to Baal-peor, and separated themselves to that shameful thing, and became abominable like the things they loved.
¶ As for Ephraim, their glory has flown away like a bird, they are cut off from the birth, from the womb, and from the conception.
Though they bring up their children, yet I will bereave them, that there shall not be a man left;
yea, woe to them, for I will take vengeance upon them!
Ephraim’s fate shall be like that of Tyre, as you have seen, though planted in a pleasant place with buildings;
likewise Ephraim shall bring out his children to the slaughter.
Give them, O LORD: what wilt thou give?
Give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts.
All their wickedness is in Gilgal: for there I hated them;
because of the wickedness of their doings, I will drive them out of my house, I will love them no more;
all their princes are rebels.
Ephraim is smitten, their root is dried up, they shall bear no fruit: yea, though they bear children, I will cause them to die, even those who are tenderly beloved.
My God will reject them because they did not hearken to him;
and they shall be wanderers among the nations.