Hosea 4:4-19 NLT

4 “Don’t point your finger at someone else and try to pass the blame! My complaint, you priests, is with you.a

References for Hosea 4:4

    • 4:4 - Hebrew Your people are like those with a complaint against the priests.
      5 So you will stumble in broad daylight, and your false prophets will fall with you in the night. And I will destroy Israel, your mother.
      6 My people are being destroyed because they don’t know me. Since you priests refuse to know me, I refuse to recognize you as my priests. Since you have forgotten the laws of your God, I will forget to bless your children.
      7 The more priests there are, the more they sin against me. They have exchanged the glory of God for the shame of idols.b

      References for Hosea 4:7

        • 4:7 - As in Syriac version and an ancient Hebrew tradition; Masoretic Text reads I will turn their glory into shame.
          8 “When the people bring their sin offerings, the priests get fed. So the priests are glad when the people sin!
          9 ‘And what the priests do, the people also do.’ So now I will punish both priests and people for their wicked deeds.
          10 They will eat and still be hungry. They will play the prostitute and gain nothing from it, for they have deserted the
          11 to worship other gods. “Wine has robbed my people of their understanding.
          12 They ask a piece of wood for advice! They think a stick can tell them the future! Longing after idols has made them foolish. They have played the prostitute, serving other gods and deserting their God.
          13 They offer sacrifices to idols on the mountaintops. They go up into the hills to burn incense in the pleasant shade of oaks, poplars, and terebinth trees. “That is why your daughters turn to prostitution, and your daughters-in-law commit adultery.
          14 But why should I punish them for their prostitution and adultery? For your men are doing the same thing, sinning with whores and shrine prostitutes. O foolish people! You refuse to understand, so you will be destroyed.
          15 “Though you, Israel, are a prostitute, may Judah not be guilty of such things. Do not join the false worship at Gilgal or Beth-aven,c and do not take oaths there in the ’s name.

          References for Hosea 4:15

            • 4:15 - Beth-aven means “house of wickedness”; it is being used as another name for Bethel, which means “house of God.”
              16 Israel is stubborn, like a stubborn heifer. So should the feed her like a lamb in a lush pasture?
              17 Leave Israeld alone, because she is married to idolatry.

              References for Hosea 4:17

                • 4:17 - Hebrew Ephraim, referring to the northern kingdom of Israel.
                  18 When the rulers of Israel finish their drinking, off they go to find some prostitutes. They love shame more than honor.e

                  References for Hosea 4:18

                    • 4:18 - As in Greek version; the meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain.
                      19 So a mighty wind will sweep them away. Their sacrifices to idols will bring them shame.