of my people. They consult a wooden idol1 and are answered by a stick of wood.2 A spirit of prostitution3 leads them astray;4 they are unfaithful5 to their God.
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They sacrifice on the mountaintops and burn offerings on the hills, under oak,6 poplar and terebinth, where the shade is pleasant.7 Therefore your daughters turn to prostitution8 and your daughters-in-law to adultery.9
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"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 harlots10 and sacrifice with shrine prostitutes11-- a people without understanding12 will come to ruin!13
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"Though you commit adultery, O Israel, let not Judah become guilty. "Do not go to Gilgal;14 do not go up to Beth Aven.15 And do not swear, 'As surely as the LORD lives!'16
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The Israelites are stubborn,17 like a stubborn heifer.18 How then can the LORD pasture them like lambs19 in a meadow?
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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 whirlwind20 will sweep them away, and their sacrifices will bring them shame.21
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