Hosea 9
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1  Rejoice not, O Yisrael, As other peoples exult; For you have strayed Away from your God: You have loved a harlot’s fee By every threshing floor of new grain.

א  אַל־תִּשְׂמַח יִשְׂרָאֵל אֶל־גִּיל כָּעַמִּים כִּי זָנִיתָ מֵעַל אֱלֹהֶיךָ אָהַבְתָּ אֶתְנָן עַל כָּל־גָּרְנוֹת דָּגָן׃

2  Threshing floor and winepress Shall not join them, And the new wine shall betray her.

ב  גֹּרֶן וָיֶקֶב לֹא יִרְעֵם וְתִירוֹשׁ יְכַחֶשׁ בָּהּ׃

3  They shall not be able to remainIn the land of Hashem.But Efraim shall return to EgyptAnd shall eat unclean food in Assyria.

ג  לֹא יֵשְׁבוּ בְּאֶרֶץ יְהוָה וְשָׁב אֶפְרַיִם מִצְרַיִם וּבְאַשּׁוּר טָמֵא יֹאכֵלוּ׃

4  It shall be for them like the food of mourners, All who partake of which are defiled. They will offer no libations of wine to Hashem, And no sacrifices of theirs will be pleasing to Him; But their food will be only for their hunger, It shall not come into the House of Hashem.

ד  לֹא־יִסְּכוּ לַיהוָה יַיִן וְלֹא יֶעֶרְבוּ־לוֹ זִבְחֵיהֶם כְּלֶחֶם אוֹנִים לָהֶם כָּל־אֹכְלָיו יִטַמָּאוּ כִּי־לַחְמָם לְנַפְשָׁם לֹא יָבוֹא בֵּית יְהוָה׃

5  What will you do about feast days, About the festivals of Hashem?

ה  מַה־תַּעֲשׂוּ לְיוֹם מוֹעֵד וּלְיוֹם חַג־יְהוָה׃

6  Behold, they have gone from destruction [With] the silver they treasure. Egypt shall hold them fast, Moph shall receive them in burial. Weeds are their heirs; Prickly shrubs occupy their [old] homes.

ו  כִּי־הִנֵּה הָלְכוּ מִשֹּׁד מִצְרַיִם תְּקַבְּצֵם מֹף תְּקַבְּרֵם מַחְמַד לְכַסְפָּם קִמּוֹשׂ יִירָשֵׁם חוֹחַ בְּאָהֳלֵיהֶם׃

7  The days of punishment have come For your heavy guilt; The days of requital have come— Let Yisrael know it! The navi was distraught, The inspired man driven mad By constant harassment.

ז  בָּאוּ יְמֵי הַפְּקֻדָּה בָּאוּ יְמֵי הַשִׁלֻּם יֵדְעוּ יִשְׂרָאֵל אֱוִיל הַנָּבִיא מְשֻׁגָּע אִישׁ הָרוּחַ עַל רֹב עֲוֺנְךָ וְרַבָּה מַשְׂטֵמָה׃

8  Efraim watches for my God. As for the navi, Fowlers’ snares are on all his paths, Harassment in the House of his God.

ח  צֹפֶה אֶפְרַיִם עִם־אֱלֹהָי נָבִיא פַּח יָקוֹשׁ עַל־כָּל־דְּרָכָיו מַשְׂטֵמָה בְּבֵית אֱלֹהָיו׃

9  They have been as grievously corrupt As in the days of Giva; He will remember their iniquity, He will punish their sins.

ט  הֶעְמִיקוּ־שִׁחֵתוּ כִּימֵי הַגִּבְעָה יִזְכּוֹר עֲוֺנָם יִפְקוֹד חַטֹּאותָם׃

10  I found Yisrael [as pleasing] As grapes in the wilderness; Your fathers seemed to Me Like the first fig to ripen on a fig tree. But when they came to Baal-peor, They turned aside to shamefulness; Then they became as detested As they had been loved.

ka-a-na-VEEM ba-mid-BAR ma-TZA-tee yis-ra-AYL k’-vi-ku-RAH vit-ay-NAH b’-ray-shee-TAH ra-EE-tee a-vo-tay-KHEM HAY-mah BA-u va-al p’-OR va-yi-na-z’-RU la-BO-shet va-yih-YU shi-ku-TZEEM k’-a-ho-VAM

י  כַּעֲנָבִים בַּמִּדְבָּר מָצָאתִי יִשְׂרָאֵל כְּבִכּוּרָה בִתְאֵנָה בְּרֵאשִׁיתָהּ רָאִיתִי אֲבוֹתֵיכֶם הֵמָּה בָּאוּ בַעַל־פְּעוֹר וַיִּנָּזְרוּ לַבֹּשֶׁת וַיִּהְיוּ שִׁקּוּצִים כְּאָהֳבָם׃

9:10  Then they became as detested as they had been loved

Hoshea’s rebukes increasingly draw upon the history of Israel to emphasize their message. The prophet mentions the tragedy of Giva (verse 9), when the licentiousness of members of the tribe of Binyamin led to a deadly civil war (Judges 20), and their behavior in the desert at Baal Pe’or (Numbers 25), where the people succumbed to the charms of the Moabite and Midianite women and brought a plague upon themselves. Though they are God’s first fruits, the tastiest on the vine, Israel forgot the clear warning of Sefer Vayikra 18, that sexual immorality and inappropriate behavior will inevitably lead to their expulsion from the Land of Israel.Comment

11  From birth, from the womb, from conception Efraim’s glory shall be Like birds that fly away.

יא  אֶפְרַיִם כָּעוֹף יִתְעוֹפֵף כְּבוֹדָם מִלֵּדָה וּמִבֶּטֶן וּמֵהֵרָיוֹן׃

12  Even if they rear their infants, I will bereave them of men. Woe to them indeed When I turn away from them!

יב  כִּי אִם־יְגַדְּלוּ אֶת־בְּנֵיהֶם וְשִׁכַּלְתִּים מֵאָדָם כִּי־גַם־אוֹי לָהֶם בְּשׂוּרִי מֵהֶם׃

13  It shall go with Efraim As I have seen it go with Tyre, Which was planted in a meadow; Efraim too must bring out His children to slayers.

יג  אֶפְרַיִם כַּאֲשֶׁר־רָאִיתִי לְצוֹר שְׁתוּלָה בְנָוֶה וְאֶפְרַיִם לְהוֹצִיא אֶל־הֹרֵג בָּנָיו׃

14  Give them, Hashem—give them what? Give them a womb that miscarries, And shriveled breasts!

יד  תֵּן־לָהֶם יְהוָה מַה־תִּתֵּן תֵּן־לָהֶם רֶחֶם מַשְׁכִּיל וְשָׁדַיִם צֹמְקִים׃

15  All their misfortune [began] at Gilgal, For there I disowned them. For their evil deeds I will drive them out of My House. I will accept them no more; All their officials are disloyal.

טו  כָּל־רָעָתָם בַּגִּלְגָּל כִּי־שָׁם שְׂנֵאתִים עַל רֹעַ מַעַלְלֵיהֶם מִבֵּיתִי אֲגָרְשֵׁם לֹא אוֹסֵף אַהֲבָתָם כָּל־שָׂרֵיהֶם סֹרְרִים׃

16  Efraim is stricken, Their stock is withered; They can produce no fruit. Even if they do bear children, I will slay their cherished offspring.

טז  הֻכָּה אֶפְרַיִם שָׁרְשָׁם יָבֵשׁ פְּרִי בלי־[בַל־] יַעֲשׂוּן גַּם כִּי יֵלֵדוּן וְהֵמַתִּי מַחֲמַדֵּי בִטְנָם׃

17  My Hashem rejects them Because they have not obeyed Him, And they shall go wandering Among the nations.

 

יז  יִמְאָסֵם אֱלֹהַי כִּי לֹא שָׁמְעוּ לוֹ וְיִהְיוּ נֹדְדִים בַּגּוֹיִם׃

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