1 O people of Israel,
do not rejoice as other nations do.
For you have been unfaithful to your God,
hiring yourselves out like prostitutes,
worshiping other gods on every threshing floor.
There will be no grapes for making new wine.
Instead, you will return to Egypt,
and in Assyria you will eat food
that is ceremonially unclean.
None of your sacrifices there will please him.
They will be unclean, like food touched by a person in mourning.
All who present such sacrifices will be defiled.
They may eat this food themselves,
but they may not offer it to the LORD.
How will you observe the LORD’s festivals?
Egypt will conquer you, and Memphisa will bury you.
Nettles will take over your treasures of silver;
thistles will invade your ruined homes.
the day of payment is here.
Soon Israel will know this all too well.
Because of your great sin and hostility,
you say, “The prophets are crazy
and the inspired men are fools!”
yet traps are laid for him wherever he goes.
He faces hostility even in the house of God.
as what they did in Gibeah long ago.
God will not forget.
He will surely punish them for their sins.
it was like finding fresh grapes in the desert.
When I saw your ancestors,
it was like seeing the first ripe figs of the season.
But then they deserted me for Baal-peor,
giving themselves to that shameful idol.
Soon they became vile,
as vile as the god they worshiped.
for your children will not be born
or grow in the womb
or even be conceived.
I will take them from you.
It will be a terrible day when I turn away
and leave you alone.
But now Israel will bring out her children for slaughter.”
I will ask for wombs that don’t give birth
and breasts that give no milk.
there I began to hate them.
I will drive them from my land
because of their evil actions.
I will love them no more
because all their leaders are rebels.
Their roots are dried up,
and they will bear no more fruit.
And if they give birth,
I will slaughter their beloved children.”
because they will not listen or obey.
They will be wanderers,
homeless among the nations.
Hosea, 9 chapter. New Living Translation.