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Jehovah’s Witnesses


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Hosea 9:1-17

9  “Do not rejoice, O Israel.+ Do not act joyful like the peoples.+ For by fornication you have gone from alongside your God.+ You have loved gifts of hire on all the threshing floors of grain.+  Threshing floor and winepress do not feed them,+ and sweet wine itself proves disappointing to her.+  They will not continue dwelling in the land of Jehovah,+ and E′phra·im must return to Egypt,+ and in As·syr′i·a they will eat what is unclean.+  They will not continue pouring out wine to Jehovah.+ And their sacrifices will not be gratifying to him;+ they are like the bread of times of mourning+ to them; all those eating it will defile themselves. For their bread is for their own soul;* it will not come into the house of Jehovah.+  What will YOU people do in the day of meeting and in the day of the festival of Jehovah?+  For, look! they will have to go because of despoiling.+ Egypt itself will collect them together;+ Mem′phis,*+ for its part, will bury them. As for their desirable things of silver, nettles themselves will take possession of them;+ thorny bushes will be in their tents.+  “The days of being given attention must come;+ the days of the due payment must come.+ Those of Israel will know [it].+ The prophet will be foolish,+ the man of inspired expression* will be maddened on account of the abundance of your error,+ even animosity being abundant.”  The watchman+ of E′phra·im was with my God.*+ As regards a prophet,+ there is the trap of a birdcatcher on all his ways;+ there is an animosity in the house of his God.  They have gone down deep in bringing ruin,*+ as in the days of Gib′e·ah.+ He will remember their error;+ he will give attention to their sins. 10  “Like grapes in the wilderness I found Israel.+ Like the early fig on a fig tree in its beginning I saw the forefathers of YOU people.+ They themselves went in to Ba′al of Pe′or,*+ and they proceeded to dedicate themselves to* the shameful thing,+ and they came to be disgusting like [the thing of] their love.+ 11  As regards E′phra·im, like a flying creature their glory flies away,+ so that there is no giving birth, and no [pregnant] belly and no conception.+ 12  For although they bring up their sons, I will also bereave them of children so that there will be no man;+ because—woe also to them when I turn away from them!+ 13  E′phra·im, whom I have seen like Tyre planted in a pasture ground,+ even E′phra·im is destined to a bringing out of his sons even to a killer.”+ 14  Give to them, O Jehovah, what you should give.+ Give them a miscarrying womb+ and breasts shriveling up. 15  “All their badness was in Gil′gal,+ for there I had to hate them.+ On account of the evil of their dealings I shall drive them away from my own house.+ I will not continue on loving them.+ All their princes are acting stubborn.+ 16  E′phra·im must be struck down.+ Their very root must dry up.+ There will be no fruit that they produce.+ Also, in case they bring to birth, I will even put to death the desirable things of their belly.”+ 17  My God*+ will reject them, for they have not listened to him,+ and they will become fugitives among the nations.+


Or, “for their own selves.” Heb., lenaph·sham′; Gr., tais psy·khais′ au·ton′; Lat., a′ni·mae i·pso′rum. See App 4A.
“Memphis.” Gr. and Lat., Mem′phis; Heb., Moph; T(Aram.), leMa·phehs′; Syr., u·Ma·phes.
Or, “man of inspiration.” Lit., “man of the spirit.” Heb., ʼish ha·ru′ach; Gr., an′thro·pos ho pneu·ma·to·pho′ros, “man bearing the spirit; man inspired”; Vgc(Lat.), vi′rum spi·ri·tu·a′lem.
“My God.” Heb., ʼElo·hai′.
Lit., “They have made [it] deep, they have brought [it] to ruin,” M; possibly, by a correction, “They have made his pit deep.”
Or, “Baal-peor.”
Or, “to withdraw themselves to; to hold themselves separate for.”
“My God.” Heb., ʼElo·hai′.