And it will be: Like people, like priests.1 I will punish both of them for their ways and repay them for their deeds.210
"They will eat but not have enough;3 they will engage in prostitution4 but not increase, because they have deserted5 the LORD to give themselves
to prostitution,6 to old wine7 and new, which take away the understanding812
of my people. They consult a wooden idol9 and are answered by a stick of wood.10 A spirit of prostitution11 leads them astray;12 they are unfaithful13 to their God.
They sacrifice on the mountaintops and burn offerings on the hills, under oak,14 poplar and terebinth, where the shade is pleasant.15 Therefore your daughters turn to prostitution16 and your daughters-in-law to adultery.1714
"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 harlots18 and sacrifice with shrine prostitutes19-- a people without understanding20 will come to ruin!2115
"Though you commit adultery, O Israel, let not Judah become guilty. "Do not go to Gilgal;22 do not go up to Beth Aven.a23 And do not swear, 'As surely as the LORD lives!'2416
The Israelites are stubborn,25 like a stubborn heifer.26 How then can the LORD pasture them like lambs27 in a meadow?
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 whirlwind28 will sweep them away, and their sacrifices will bring them shame.29