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Hosea 4:6-16 (New International Version)

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6 my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.1 "Because you have rejected knowledge, I also reject you as my priests; because you have ignored the law2 of your God, I also will ignore your children. 7 The more the priests increased, the more they sinned against me; they exchangeda theirb Glory3 for something disgraceful.4 8 They feed on the sins of my people and relish their wickedness.5 9 And it will be: Like people, like priests.6 I will punish both of them for their ways and repay them for their deeds.7 10 "They will eat but not have enough;8 they will engage in prostitution9 but not increase, because they have deserted10 the LORD to give themselves 11 to prostitution,11 to old wine12 and new, which take away the understanding13 12 of my people. They consult a wooden idol14 and are answered by a stick of wood.15 A spirit of prostitution16 leads them astray;17 they are unfaithful18 to their God. 13 They sacrifice on the mountaintops and burn offerings on the hills, under oak,19 poplar and terebinth, where the shade is pleasant.20 Therefore your daughters turn to prostitution21 and your daughters-in-law to adultery.22 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 harlots23 and sacrifice with shrine prostitutes24-- a people without understanding25 will come to ruin!26 15 "Though you commit adultery, O Israel, let not Judah become guilty. "Do not go to Gilgal;27 do not go up to Beth Aven.c28 And do not swear, 'As surely as the LORD lives!'29 16 The Israelites are stubborn,30 like a stubborn heifer.31 How then can the LORD pasture them like lambs32 in a meadow?
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