Ephraim refused to listen (Hos 9:16-9:17)

“Ephraim is stricken.

Their root is dried up.

They shall bear no fruit.

Even though they give birth,

I will kill

The cherished offspring

Of their womb.

Because they have not listened

To him.

My God will reject them.

They shall become wanderers

Among the nations.”

Hosea delivered the final blow against Ephraim. They would be stricken with dry roots. There would be no more fruit from Ephraim. Even if they gave birth, Yahweh was going to kill their children, the fruit of their womb. They had not listened to Yahweh. God now rejected them. They would become wanderers among the various countries.