Bible: Hos 2:8-13

Agricultural Fertility Withdrawn from Israel

2:8 Yet 1  until now 2  she has refused to acknowledge 3  that I 4  was the one

who gave her the grain, the new wine, and the olive oil;

and that it was I who 5  lavished on her the silver and gold

which they 6  used in worshiping Baal! 7 

2:9 Therefore, I will take back 8  my grain during the harvest time 9 

and my new wine when it ripens; 10 

I will take away my wool and my flax

which I had provided 11  in order to clothe her. 12 

2:10 Soon 13  I will expose her lewd nakedness 14  in front of her lovers,

and no one will be able to rescue her from me! 15 

2:11 I will put an end to all her celebration:

her annual religious festivals,

monthly new moon celebrations,

and weekly Sabbath festivities –

all her appointed festivals.

2:12 I will destroy her vines and fig trees,

about which she said, “These are my wages for prostitution 16 

that my lovers gave to me!”

I will turn her cultivated vines and fig trees 17  into an uncultivated thicket,

so that wild animals 18  will devour them.

2:13I will punish her for the festival days

when she burned incense to the Baal idols; 19 

she adorned herself with earrings and jewelry,

and went after her lovers,

but 20  she forgot me!” 21  says the Lord.

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