11Listen to the word of the LORD, O sons of Israel, For the LORD has a 2caseagainst the inhabitants of the land, Becausethere is 3noafaithfulness or bkindness Or 4knowledge of God in the land.
There is 5swearing, 6deception, 7murder, 8stealing and 9adultery. They employviolence, so that 10bloodshedcfollowsbloodshed.
3Therefore the land11mourns, And everyone who lives in it languishes Along with the beasts of the field and the birds of the sky, And also the fish of the seaddisappear.
4Yet let noonee12findfault, and let noneofferreproof ; For your people are like those who 13contend with the priest.
So you will 14stumble by day, And the prophetalso will stumble with you by night ; And I will destroy your 15mother.
616My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have 17rejectedknowledge, I also will 18reject you from being My priest. Since you have 19forgotten the 20law of your God, I also will forget your children.
The more they 21multiplied, the more they sinned against Me; I will 22change their glory into shame.
They 23feed on the fsin of My people And 24direct their desiretoward their iniquity.
And it will be, like people, 25like priest ; So I will 26punish them for their ways And repay them for their deeds.
1027They will eat, but not haveenough ; They will 28play the harlot, but not increase, Because they have g29stoppedgivingheed to the LORD.
11Harlotry, 30wine and newwinetake away the hunderstanding.
My people31consult their wooden idol, and their diviner's wandinforms them; For a spirit of harlotry has led them astray, And they have played the harlot, departing ifrom their God.
They offersacrifices on the 32tops of the mountains And j33burnincense on the hills, 34Underoak, poplar and terebinth, Because their shade is pleasant. Therefore your daughtersplay the harlot And your kbridescommitadultery.
I will not punish your daughterswhen they play the harlot Or your lbrideswhen they commitadultery, For the men themselvesgoapart with harlots And offersacrifices with 35templeprostitutes ; So the peoplewithoutunderstanding are mruined.
15Though you, Israel, play the harlot, Do not let Judahbecomeguilty ; Also do not go to 36Gilgal, Or go up to Beth-aven37And take the oath : "As the LORDlives !"
16SinceIsrael is 38stubborn Like a stubbornheifer, nCan the LORDnow39pasture them Like a lamb in a largefield ?
17Ephraim is joined to 40idols ; 41Let him alone.
Their liquorgone, They play the harlotcontinually ; 42Their orulersdearlyloveshame.
1943The windwraps them in its wings, And they will be ashamedbecause of their sacrifices.