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

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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.
      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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