Hear the LORD's word, people of Israel; for the LORD has a dispute with the inhabitants of the land. There's no faithful love or loyalty, and no knowledge of God in the land.
Swearing, lying, murder, together with stealing and adultery are common; bloody crime followed by bloody crime.
Therefore, the earth itself becomes sick, and all who live on it grow weak; together with the wild animals and the birds in the sky, even the fish of the sea are dying.
Yet let no one protest, and let no one complain. Listen, priest, I am angry with your people.a5
You will stumble by day; and at nighttime so will your prophet, and I will destroy your mother.
My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. Since you have rejected knowledge, so I will reject you from serving me as a priest. Since you have forgotten the Instruction of your God, so also I will forget your children.
The more they increased, the more they sinned against me; they exchanged their glory for shame.
They feed on the sin of my people; they set their hearts on evil things.
The priest will be just like the people; I will punish them for their ways, and judge them for their deeds.
They will eat but not be satisfied; they will have sex like prostitutes, but they will not have children, because they have rejected the LORD to devote themselves to