Hosea 4:6-16 NIV

6 my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.1 "Because you have rejected knowledge, I also reject you as my priests; because you have ignored the law2 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 exchangeda theirb Glory3 for something disgraceful.4

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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.5

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      9 And it will be: Like people, like priests.6 I will punish both of them for their ways and repay them for their deeds.7

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      10 "They will eat but not have enough;8 they will engage in prostitution9 but not increase, because they have deserted10 the LORD to give themselves

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      11 to prostitution,11 to old wine12 and new, which take away the understanding13

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          12 of my people. They consult a wooden idol14 and are answered by a stick of wood.15 A spirit of prostitution16 leads them astray;17 they are unfaithful18 to their God.

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          13 They sacrifice on the mountaintops and burn offerings on the hills, under oak,19 poplar and terebinth, where the shade is pleasant.20 Therefore your daughters turn to prostitution21 and your daughters-in-law to adultery.22

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          14 "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 harlots23 and sacrifice with shrine prostitutes24-- a people without understanding25 will come to ruin!26

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              15 "Though you commit adultery, O Israel, let not Judah become guilty. "Do not go to Gilgal;27 do not go up to Beth Aven.c28 And do not swear, 'As surely as the LORD lives!'29

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                • e 4:15 - "Beth Aven" means "house of wickedness" (a name for Bethel, which means "house of God").
                  16 The Israelites are stubborn,30 like a stubborn heifer.31 How then can the LORD pasture them like lambs32 in a meadow?

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