They shall eat, but not be satisfied; they shall play the whore, but not multiply; because they have forsaken the Lord to devote themselves to
whoredom. Wine and new wine take away the understanding.
My people consult a piece of wood, and their divining rod gives them oracles. For a spirit of whoredom has led them astray, and they have played the whore, forsaking their God.
They sacrifice on the tops of the mountains, and make offerings upon the hills, under oak, poplar, and terebinth, because their shade is good. Therefore your daughters play the whore, and your daughters-in-law commit adultery.
I will not punish your daughters when they play the whore, nor your daughters-in-law when they commit adultery; for the men themselves go aside with whores, and sacrifice with temple prostitutes; thus a people without understanding comes to ruin.
Though you play the whore, O Israel, do not let Judah become guilty. Do not enter into Gilgal, or go up to Beth-aven, and do not swear, "As the Lord lives."
Like a stubborn heifer, Israel is stubborn; can the Lord now feed them like a lamb in a broad pasture?
Ephraim is joined to idols— let him alone.
When their drinking is ended, they indulge in sexual orgies; they love lewdness more than their glory. a19
A wind has wrapped them b in its wings, and they shall be ashamed because of their altars. c
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