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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 9

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Exile without Worship

1Rejoice not, O Israel, exult not like the nations! For you have been unfaithful to your God, loving a harlot's hire upon every threshing floor.* 2Threshing floor and wine press shall not nourish them, the new wine shall fail them. 3They shall not dwell in the LORD's land; Ephraim shall return to Egypt, and in Assyria they shall eat unclean food. 4They shall not pour libations of wine to the LORD or proffer their sacrifices before him. Theirs will be like mourners' bread,* that makes unclean all who eat of it; Such food as they have shall be for themselves; it cannot enter the house of the LORD.

5What will you do on the festival day, the day of the LORD's feast?* 6When they go from the ruins, Egypt shall gather them in, Memphis shall bury them. Weeds shall overgrow their silver treasures, and thorns invade their tents.

The Prophet Ridiculed

7They have come, the days of punishment! they have come, the days of recompense! Let Israel know it! “The prophet is a fool, the man of the spirit is mad!” Because your iniquity is great, great, too, is your hostility. 8A prophet is Ephraim's watchman with God, yet a fowler's snare is on all his ways, hostility in the house of his God. 9They have sunk to the depths of corruption, as in the days of Gibeah;* He shall remember their iniquity and punish their sins.

Crime of Baal‐peor

10Like grapes in the desert, I found Israel; Like the first fruits of the fig tree in its prime, I considered your fathers. When they came to Baal‐peor* and consecrated themselves to the Shame, they became as abhorrent as the thing they loved. 11The glory of Ephraim flies away like a bird: no birth, no carrying in the womb, no conception. Were they to bear children, I would slay the darlings of their womb. 12Even though they bring up their children, I will make them childless, till not one is left. Woe to them when I turn away from them! 13Ephraim, as I saw, was like Tyre, planted in a beauteous spot; But Ephraim shall bring out his children to the slayer. 14Give them, O LORD! give them what? Give them an unfruitful womb,* and dry breasts!

Crime of Gilgal

15All their wickedness is in Gilgal;* yes, there they incurred my hatred. Because of their wicked deeds I will drive them out of my house. I will love them no longer; all their princes are rebels. k 1 Sm 8, 5 . 16Ephraim is stricken, their root is dried up; they shall bear no fruit. 17My God will disown them because they have not listened to him; they shall be wanderers among the nations.

Notes:

k: 1 Sm 8, 5 .

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