Hosea 4:8-18 NIV

8 They feed on the sins of my people and relish their wickedness.1

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9 And it will be: Like people, like priests.2 I will punish both of them for their ways and repay them for their deeds.3

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10 "They will eat but not have enough;4 they will engage in prostitution5 but not increase, because they have deserted6 the LORD to give themselves

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11 to prostitution,7 to old wine8 and new, which take away the understanding9

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      12 of my people. They consult a wooden idol10 and are answered by a stick of wood.11 A spirit of prostitution12 leads them astray;13 they are unfaithful14 to their God.

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      13 They sacrifice on the mountaintops and burn offerings on the hills, under oak,15 poplar and terebinth, where the shade is pleasant.16 Therefore your daughters turn to prostitution17 and your daughters-in-law to adultery.18

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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 harlots19 and sacrifice with shrine prostitutes20-- a people without understanding21 will come to ruin!22

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          15 "Though you commit adultery, O Israel, let not Judah become guilty. "Do not go to Gilgal;23 do not go up to Beth Aven.a24 And do not swear, 'As surely as the LORD lives!'25

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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,26 like a stubborn heifer.27 How then can the LORD pasture them like lambs28 in a meadow?

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              17 Ephraim is joined to idols; leave him alone!
              18 Even when their drinks are gone, they continue their prostitution; their rulers dearly love shameful ways.