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Hosea 4:4-19 (English Standard Version)

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4 1Yet let no one contend, and let none accuse, for with you is 2my contention, O priest.a 5 You shall stumble by day; the prophet also shall stumble with you by night; and I will destroy 3your mother. 6 My people are destroyed 4for lack of knowledge; 5because you have rejected knowledge, I reject you 6from being a priest to me. And since you have forgotten the law of your God, 7I also will forget your children. 7 8The more they increased, the more they sinned against me; 9I will change their glory into shame. 8 10They feed on the sinb of my people; they are greedy for their iniquity. 9 11And it shall be like people, like priest; I will punish them for their ways and repay them for their deeds. 10 12They shall eat, but not be satisfied; they shall play the whore, but not multiply, because they have forsaken the LORD to cherish 11 whoredom, wine, and new wine, which 13take away the understanding. 12 My people 14inquire of a piece of wood, and their walking staff gives them oracles. For 15a spirit of whoredom has led them astray, and they have left their God to play the whore. 13 16They sacrifice on the tops of the mountains and burn offerings on the hills, 17under oak, poplar, and terebinth, because their shade is good. Therefore your daughters play the whore, and your brides commit adultery. 14 I will not punish your daughters when they play the whore, nor your brides when they commit adultery; for 18the men themselves go aside with prostitutes and sacrifice with 19cult prostitutes, and a people 20without understanding shall come to ruin. 15 Though you play the whore, O 21Israel, let not 22Judah become guilty. 23Enter not into 24Gilgal, nor go up to 25Beth-aven, and swear not, "As the LORD lives." 16 Like a stubborn heifer, Israel is stubborn; can the LORD now feed them like a lamb in a broad pasture? 17 26Ephraim is joined to idols; 27leave him alone. 18 When their drink is gone, they give themselves to whoring; 28their rulersc dearly love shame. 19 29A wind has wrapped themd in its wings, and they shall 30be ashamed because of their sacrifices.
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