Hosea 4:3-13 NIV

3 Because of this the land mourns,a1 and all who live in it waste away;2 the beasts of the field and the birds of the air and the fish of the sea are dying.3

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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.4

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      5 You stumble5 day and night, and the prophets stumble with you. So I will destroy your mother6--

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      6 my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.7 "Because you have rejected knowledge, I also reject you as my priests; because you have ignored the law8 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 exchangedb theirc Glory9 for something disgraceful.10

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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.11

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          9 And it will be: Like people, like priests.12 I will punish both of them for their ways and repay them for their deeds.13

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          10 "They will eat but not have enough;14 they will engage in prostitution15 but not increase, because they have deserted16 the LORD to give themselves

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          11 to prostitution,17 to old wine18 and new, which take away the understanding19

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              12 of my people. They consult a wooden idol20 and are answered by a stick of wood.21 A spirit of prostitution22 leads them astray;23 they are unfaithful24 to their God.

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              13 They sacrifice on the mountaintops and burn offerings on the hills, under oak,25 poplar and terebinth, where the shade is pleasant.26 Therefore your daughters turn to prostitution27 and your daughters-in-law to adultery.28

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