Yahweh Has an Indictment

1 Hear the word of Yahweh, [O] children of Israel, for Yahweh has an indictment against the inhabitants of the land. There is no faithfulness or loyalty, there is no knowledge of God in the land.

References for Hosea 4:1

      2 Swearing and lying, murdering and stealing, and adultery break out, and bloodshed follows bloodshed.

      References for Hosea 4:2

        • a 4:2 - The LXX adds "and adultery breaks out in the land"
          3 Therefore the land mourns, and all [those] living in it languish with the animals of the field, and the birds of the heaven, and even the fish of the sea are being swept away.
          4 Yet, let no one contend, and let no one accuse, for with you, O priest, [is my] contention.

          References for Hosea 4:4

            • b 4:4 - The Hebrew is unclear; the NASB translates "For your people are like those who contend with the priest"
              5 You will stumble [by] day, and the priest also will stumble with you at night. And I will destroy your mother;
              6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you have rejected knowledge, I reject you from acting as a priest for me. And since you have forgotten the law of your God, I will also forget your children.

              References for Hosea 4:6

                • c 4:6 - Or "to me"
                • d 4:6 - Hebrew "sons"
                  7 When they became many, their sin increased against me; they changed their glory into shame.

                  References for Hosea 4:7

                    • e 4:7 - Hebrew uncertain; MT "I will exchange"
                      8 {They feed on the sin of my people}, {they are greedy} for their iniquity.

                      References for Hosea 4:8

                        • f 4:8 - Literally "They eat the sins of my people"
                        • g 4:8 - Literally "they lift up their throat"
                          9 And it will be like people, like priest; I will punish them [for] their ways, and I will requite them for their deeds.

                          References for Hosea 4:9

                            • h 4:9 - Hebrew "him"
                            • i 4:9 - Hebrew "his"
                            • j 4:9 - Hebrew "him"
                            • k 4:9 - Hebrew "his"
                              10 They will eat and not be satisfied; they will play the whore and not multiply, because they have forsaken Yahweh {to devote themselves to
                              11 whoredom}. Wine and new wine {take away the understanding}.

                              References for Hosea 4:11

                                • l 4:11 - Literally "to watch over whoredom"
                                • m 4:11 - Literally "take away heart"
                                  12 My people, consult {their wooden idols}, and their divining rod gives them oracles; because a spirit of whoredom led [them] astray, and they played the whore from under their God.

                                  References for Hosea 4:12

                                    • n 4:12 - Literally "their wood"
                                    • o 4:12 - That is, "they played the whore forsaking their God"; See Ezek 23:5
                                      13 On the tops of the mountains they sacrifice, and on the hills they make offerings, under oak, poplar, and terebinth, because their shade is good. Therefore your daughters play the whore, and all your daughters-in-law commit adultery.

                                      References for Hosea 4:13

                                        • p 4:13 - Hebrew "its"
                                        • q 4:13 - Or "brides"
                                          14 {I will not punish your daughters} when they play the whore, or your daughters-in-law when they commit adultery; because they go aside with whores, and they sacrifice with temple prostitutes, a people that does not understand comes to ruin.

                                          References for Hosea 4:14

                                            • r 4:14 - Literally "I will not visit sins upon your daughters"
                                            • s 4:14 - Or "brides"
                                              15 Even though you, [O] Israel, [are] playing the whore, do not let Judah become guilty; do not enter Gilgal, or go up [to] Beth-aven; and do not swear, "{As Yahweh lives}!"

                                              References for Hosea 4:15

                                                • t 4:15 - Literally "the life of Yahweh"
                                                  16 Indeed, like a stubborn heifer, Israel is stubborn; Now Yahweh will feed them, like a lamb in broad pasture.

                                                  References for Hosea 4:16

                                                    • u 4:16 - Or "Can Yahweh feed them, like a lamb in broad pasture?"
                                                      17 Ephraim is joined to idols; let him alone.
                                                      18 When their drinking has ended, they surely indulge in sexual orgies. They love lewdness more than their glory.

                                                      References for Hosea 4:18

                                                        • v 4:18 - Hebrew "her"
                                                          19 A wind has wrapped them in its wings, and they will be ashamed because of their altars.

                                                          References for Hosea 4:19

                                                            • w 4:19 - Hebrew "her"