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Hosea 4:1-8 (New International Version)

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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 2 There is only cursing,a lying6 and murder,7 stealing8 and adultery;9 they break all bounds, and bloodshed follows bloodshed.10 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 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 5 You stumble15 day and night, and the prophets stumble with you. So I will destroy your mother16-- 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. 7 The more the priests increased, the more they sinned against me; they exchangedc theird Glory19 for something disgraceful.20 8 They feed on the sins of my people and relish their wickedness.21
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