My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being My priest. Since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.
They offer sacrifices on the tops of the mountains And burn incense on the hills, Under oak, poplar and terebinth, Because their shade is pleasant. Therefore your daughters play the harlot And your brides commit adultery.
I will not punish your daughters when they play the harlot Or your brides when they commit adultery, For the men themselves go apart with harlots And offer sacrifices with temple prostitutes ; So the people without understanding are ruined.
Even though they hire allies among the nations, Now I will gather them up; And they will begin to diminish Because of the burden of the king of princes.
Since Ephraim has multiplied altars for sin, They have become altars of sinning for him.
All their evil is at Gilgal ; Indeed, I came to hate them there ! Because of the wickedness of their deeds I will drive them out of My house ! I will love them no more ; All their princes are rebels.
Ephraim is stricken, their root is dried up, They will bear no fruit. Even though they bear children, I will slay the precious ones of their womb.
My God will cast them away Because they have not listened to Him; And they will be wanderers among the nations.