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Hosea 4 BBE/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Give ear to the word of the Lord, O children of Israel; for the Lord has a cause against the people of this land, because there is no good faith in it, and no mercy and no knowledge of God in the land. 1 Hear the word of the LORD, you Israelites, because the LORD has a charge to bring against you who live in the land: "There is no faithfulness, no love, no acknowledgment of God in the land.
2 There is cursing and broken faith, violent death and attacks on property, men are untrue in married life, houses are broken into, and there is blood touching blood. 2 There is only cursing, lying and murder, stealing and adultery; they break all bounds, and bloodshed follows bloodshed.
3 Because of this the land will be dry, and everyone living in it will be wasted away, with the beasts of the field and the birds of heaven; even the fishes of the sea will be taken away. 3 Because of this the land mourns, and all who live in it waste away; the beasts of the field and the birds of the air and the fish of the sea are dying.
4 Let no man go to law or make protests, for your people are like those who go to law with a priest. 4 "But let no man bring a charge, let no man accuse another, for your people are like those who bring charges against a priest.
5 You will not be able to keep on your feet by day, and by night the prophet will be falling down with you, and I will give your mother to destruction. 5 You stumble day and night, and the prophets stumble with you. So I will destroy your mother--
6 Destruction has overtaken my people because they have no knowledge; because you have given up knowledge, I will give you up, so that you will be no priest to me, because you have not kept in mind the law of your God, I will not keep your children in my memory. 6 my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. "Because you have rejected knowledge, I also reject you as my priests; because you have ignored the law of your God, I also will ignore your children.
7 Even while they were increasing in number they were sinning against me; I will let their glory be changed into shame. 7 The more the priests increased, the more they sinned against me; they exchanged their Glory for something disgraceful.
8 The sin of my people is like food to them; and their desire is for their wrongdoing. 8 They feed on the sins of my people and relish their wickedness.
9 And the priest will be like the people; I will give them punishment for their evil ways, and the reward of their acts. 9 And it will be: Like people, like priests. I will punish both of them for their ways and repay them for their deeds.
10 They will have food, but they will not be full; they will be false to me, but they will not be increased, because they no longer give thought to the Lord. 10 "They will eat but not have enough; they will engage in prostitution but not increase, because they have deserted the LORD to give themselves
11 Loose ways and new wine take away wisdom. 11 to prostitution, to old wine and new, which take away the understanding
12 My people get knowledge from their tree, and their rod gives them news; for a false spirit is the cause of their wandering, and they have been false to their God. 12 of my people. They consult a wooden idol and are answered by a stick of wood. A spirit of prostitution leads them astray; they are unfaithful to their God.
13 They make offerings on the tops of mountains, burning perfumes in high places, under trees of every sort, because their shade is good: and so your daughters are given up to loose ways and your brides are false to their husbands. 13 They sacrifice on the mountaintops and burn offerings on the hills, under oak, poplar and terebinth, where the shade is pleasant. Therefore your daughters turn to prostitution and your daughters-in-law to adultery.
14 I will not give punishment to your daughters or your brides for their evil behaviour; for they make themselves separate with loose women, and make offerings with those who are used for sex purposes in the worship of the gods: the people who have no wisdom will be sent away. 14 "I will not punish your daughters when they turn to prostitution, nor your daughters-in-law when they commit adultery, because the men themselves consort with harlots and sacrifice with shrine prostitutes-- a people without understanding will come to ruin!
15 Do not you, O Israel, come into error; do not you, O Judah, come to Gilgal, or go up to Beth-aven, or take an oath, By the living Lord. 15 "Though you commit adultery, O Israel, let not Judah become guilty. "Do not go to Gilgal; do not go up to Beth Aven. And do not swear, 'As surely as the LORD lives!'
16 For Israel is uncontrolled, like a cow which may not be controlled; now will the Lord give them food like a lamb in a wide place. 16 The Israelites are stubborn, like a stubborn heifer. How then can the LORD pasture them like lambs in a meadow?
17 Ephraim is joined to false gods; let him be. 17 Ephraim is joined to idols; leave him alone!
18 Their drink has become bitter; they are completely false; her rulers take pleasure in shame. 18 Even when their drinks are gone, they continue their prostitution; their rulers dearly love shameful ways.
19 They are folded in the skirts of the wind; they will be shamed because of their offerings. 19 A whirlwind will sweep them away, and their sacrifices will bring them shame.