You have loved the wages of a prostitute on every threshing floor of grain.+
Instead, Eʹphra·im will return to Egypt,
And in As·syrʹi·a they will eat what is unclean.+
They are like the bread of mourning;
All those eating it will defile themselves.
For their bread is for themselves alone;*
It will not come into the house of Jehovah.
Nettles will take possession of their precious things of silver,
And thornbushes will be in their tents.
Their prophet will be a fool, and the man of inspiration will go mad;
Because your error is abundant, the animosity against you is abundant.”
But now all the ways of his prophets+ are as the traps of a birdcatcher;
There is animosity in the house of his God.
He will remember their error and punish their sins.+
Like the first of the early figs on a fig tree I saw your forefathers.
But they went to Baʹal of Peʹor;+
And they became disgusting like the object of their love.
11 Eʹphra·im’s glory flies away like a bird;
There is no giving birth, no pregnancy, and no conception.+
12 Even if they raise children,
I will bereave them until no man is left;+
Yes, woe to them when I turn away from them!+
Now Eʹphra·im must bring his sons out to the slaughter.”
I will drive them away from my house because of their evil deeds.+
I will no longer love them;+
All their princes are stubborn.
Their root will dry up, and they will produce no fruit.
Even if they give birth, I will put to death their cherished offspring.”