1Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.2
By swearing , and lying , and killing , and stealing , and committing adultery , they break out , and bloodatouchethblood.3
Therefore shall the landmourn , and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish , with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away .
Yet let no manstrive , nor reproveanother: for thy people are as they that strive with the priest.5
Therefore shalt thou fall in the day, and the prophet also shall fall with thee in the night, and I will destroyb thy mother.6
My people are destroyedc for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejectedknowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.7
As they were increased, so they sinned against me: therefore will I change their glory into shame.8
They eat up the sin of my people, and they setd their heart on their iniquity.9
And there shall be, like people, like priest: and I will punishe them for their ways, and reward them their doings.10
For they shall eat , and not have enough : they shall commit whoredom , and shall not increase : because they have left off to take heed to the LORD.11Whoredom and wine and new wine take away the heart.12
My peopleask counsel at their stocks, and their staffdeclareth unto them: for the spirit of whoredoms hath caused them to err , and they have gone a whoring from under their God.13
They sacrifice upon the tops of the mountains, and burn incense upon the hills, under oaks and poplars and elms, because the shadow thereof is good: therefore your daughters shall commit whoredom , and your spouses shall commit adultery .
I will not punish your daughters when they commit whoredom , nor your spouses when they commit adultery : for themselves are separated with whores , and they sacrifice with harlots: therefore the people that doth not understand shall fall .
Though thou, Israel, play the harlot , yet let not Judahoffend ; and come not ye unto Gilgal, neither go ye up to Bethaven, nor swear , The LORDliveth.16
For Israel slideth back as a backslidingheifer: now the LORD will feed them as a lamb in a large place.17Ephraim is joined to idols: let him alone .
Their drink is sour :f they have committed whoredomcontinually : her rulers with shame do love , Give ye.
The wind hath bound her up in her wings, and they shall be ashamed because of their sacrifices.