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Hosea 9:12-16

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9:12 Even if they raise their children,

I will take away every last one of them. 1 

Woe to them!

For I will turn away from them.

9:13 Just as lion cubs are born predators, 2 

so Ephraim will bear his sons for slaughter.

9:14 Give them, O Lord

what will you give them?

Give them wombs that miscarry,

and breasts that cannot nurse! 3 

9:15 Because of all their evil in Gilgal,

I hate them there.

On account of their evil deeds,

I will drive them out of my land. 4 

I will no longer love them;

all their rulers are rebels.

9:16 Ephraim will be struck down 5 

their root will be dried up;

they will not yield any fruit.

Even if they do bear children,

I will kill their precious offspring.

1 tn Heb “I will bereave them from a man”; NRSV “I will bereave them until no one is left.”

2 tc The MT is corrupt in 9:13. The BHS editors suggest emending the text to follow the LXX reading. See D. Barthélemy, ed., Preliminary and Interim Report on the Hebrew Old Testament Text Project, 5:250-51.

3 tn Heb “breasts that shrivel up dry”; cf. KJV, NAB, NASB, NRSV “dry breasts.”

4 tn Heb “out of my house” (so NAB, NASB, NIV, NRSV); TEV, NCV, NLT “my land.”

5 tn Or perhaps, following the plant metaphor, “will be blighted” (NIV similar).



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