Hosea 4 NIV

The Charge Against Israel

1 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

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2 There is only cursing,a lying6 and murder,7 stealing8 and adultery;9 they break all bounds, and bloodshed follows bloodshed.10

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    • a 4:2 - That is, to pronounce a curse upon
      3 Because of this the land mourns,b11 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

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        • b 4:3 - Or "dries up"
          4 "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

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          5 You stumble15 day and night, and the prophets stumble with you. So I will destroy your mother16--

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          6 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.

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          7 The more the priests increased, the more they sinned against me; they exchangedc theird Glory19 for something disgraceful.20

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            • c 4:7 - Syriac and an ancient Hebrew scribal tradition; Masoretic Text "I will exchange"
            • d 4:7 - Masoretic Text; an ancient Hebrew scribal tradition "my"
              8 They feed on the sins of my people and relish their wickedness.21

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              9 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

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              10 "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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              11 to prostitution,27 to old wine28 and new, which take away the understanding29

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                  12 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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                  13 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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                  14 "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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                      15 "Though you commit adultery, O Israel, let not Judah become guilty. "Do not go to Gilgal;43 do not go up to Beth Aven.e44 And do not swear, 'As surely as the LORD lives!'45

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                        • e 4:15 - "Beth Aven" means "house of wickedness" (a name for Bethel, which means "house of God").
                          16 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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                          17 Ephraim is joined to idols; leave him alone!
                          18 Even when their drinks are gone, they continue their prostitution; their rulers dearly love shameful ways.
                          19 A whirlwind49 will sweep them away, and their sacrifices will bring them shame.50

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