Hear the word of the LORD, you Israelites, because the LORD has a charge1 to bring against you who live in the land:2 "There is no faithfulness,3 no love, no acknowledgment4 of God in the land.5
There is only cursing, lying6 and murder,7 stealing8 and adultery;9 they break all bounds, and bloodshed follows bloodshed.10
Because of this the land mourns,11 and all who live in it waste away;12 the beasts of the field and the birds of the air and the fish of the sea are dying.13
"But let no man bring a charge, let no man accuse another, for your people are like those who bring charges against a priest.14
You stumble15 day and night, and the prophets stumble with you. So I will destroy your mother16--
my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.17 "Because you have rejected knowledge, I also reject you as my priests; because you have ignored the law18 of your God, I also will ignore your children.
The more the priests increased, the more they sinned against me; they exchanged their Glory19 for something disgraceful.20
They feed on the sins of my people and relish their wickedness.21
And it will be: Like people, like priests.22 I will punish both of them for their ways and repay them for their deeds.23
"They will eat but not have enough;24 they will engage in prostitution25 but not increase, because they have deserted26 the LORD to give themselves
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to prostitution,27 to old wine28 and new, which take away the understanding29
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of my people. They consult a wooden idol30 and are answered by a stick of wood.31 A spirit of prostitution32 leads them astray;33 they are unfaithful34 to their God.
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They sacrifice on the mountaintops and burn offerings on the hills, under oak,35 poplar and terebinth, where the shade is pleasant.36 Therefore your daughters turn to prostitution37 and your daughters-in-law to adultery.38
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"I will not punish your daughters when they turn to prostitution, nor your daughters-in-law when they commit adultery, because the men themselves consort with harlots39 and sacrifice with shrine prostitutes40-- a people without understanding41 will come to ruin!42
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"Though you commit adultery, O Israel, let not Judah become guilty. "Do not go to Gilgal;43 do not go up to Beth Aven.44 And do not swear, 'As surely as the LORD lives!'45
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The Israelites are stubborn,46 like a stubborn heifer.47 How then can the LORD pasture them like lambs48 in a meadow?
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Ephraim is joined to idols; leave him alone!
Even when their drinks are gone, they continue their prostitution; their rulers dearly love shameful ways.
A whirlwind49 will sweep them away, and their sacrifices will bring them shame.50
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