The Charge Against Israel

1 Hear the word of the LORD, you Israelites, because the LORD has a charge to bring against you who live in the land: “There is no faithfulness, no love, no acknowledgment of God in the land.

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2 There is only cursing,a lying and murder, stealing and adultery; they break all bounds, and bloodshed follows bloodshed.

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    • n 4:2 - That is, to pronounce a curse on
      3 Because of this the land dries up, and all who live in it waste away; the beasts of the field, the birds in the sky and the fish in the sea are swept away.

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      4 “But let no one bring a charge, let no one accuse another, for your people are like those who bring charges against a priest.

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      5 You stumble day and night, and the prophets stumble with you. So I will destroy your mother—

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      6 my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. “Because you have rejected knowledge, I also reject you as my priests; because you have ignored the law of your God, I also will ignore your children.

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      7 The more priests there were, the more they sinned against me; they exchanged their glorious Godb for something disgraceful.

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        • o 4:7 - Syriac (see also an ancient Hebrew scribal tradition); Masoretic Text "me;" / "I will exchange their glory"
          8 They feed on the sins of my people and relish their wickedness.

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          9 And it will be: Like people, like priests. I will punish both of them for their ways and repay them for their deeds.

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          10 “They will eat but not have enough; they will engage in prostitution but not flourish, because they have deserted the LORDto give themselves

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          11 to prostitution; old wine and new wine take away their understanding.

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              12 My people consult a wooden idol, and a diviner’s rod speaks to them. A spirit of prostitution leads them astray; they are unfaithful to their God.

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              13 They sacrifice on the mountaintops and burn offerings on the hills, under oak, poplar and terebinth, where the shade is pleasant. Therefore your daughters turn to prostitution and your daughters-in-law to adultery.

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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 harlots and sacrifice with shrine prostitutes— a people without understanding will come to ruin!

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                  15 “Though you, Israel, commit adultery, do not let Judah become guilty. “Do not go to Gilgal; do not go up to Beth Aven.cAnd do not swear, ‘As surely as the LORD lives!’

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                    • p 4:15 - "Beth Aven" means "house of wickedness" (a derogatory name for Bethel, which means "house of God" ).
                      16 The Israelites are stubborn, like a stubborn heifer. How then can the LORD pasture them like lambs 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 whirlwind will sweep them away, and their sacrifices will bring them shame.

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