Hosea 4:1-11 NIV

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

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2 There is only cursing,a lying6 and murder,7 stealing8 and adultery;9 they break all bounds, and bloodshed follows bloodshed.10

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    • a 4:2 - That is, to pronounce a curse upon
      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

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        • b 4:3 - Or "dries up"
          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

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          5 You stumble15 day and night, and the prophets stumble with you. So I will destroy your mother16--

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          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.

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          7 The more the priests increased, the more they sinned against me; they exchangedc theird Glory19 for something disgraceful.20

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            • c 4:7 - Syriac and an ancient Hebrew scribal tradition; Masoretic Text "I will exchange"
            • d 4:7 - Masoretic Text; an ancient Hebrew scribal tradition "my"
              8 They feed on the sins of my people and relish their wickedness.21

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              9 And it will be: Like people, like priests.22 I will punish both of them for their ways and repay them for their deeds.23

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              10 "They will eat but not have enough;24 they will engage in prostitution25 but not increase, because they have deserted26 the LORD to give themselves

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              11 to prostitution,27 to old wine28 and new, which take away the understanding29

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