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Hosea 4 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Attention all Israelites! God's Message! God indicts the whole population: "No one is faithful. No one loves. No one knows the first thing about God. 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 All this cussing and lying and killing, theft and loose sex, sheer anarchy, one murder after another! 2 There is only cursing, lying and murder, stealing and adultery; they break all bounds, and bloodshed follows bloodshed.
3 And because of all this, the very land itself weeps and everything in it is grief-stricken - animals in the fields and birds on the wing, even the fish in the sea are listless, lifeless. 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 "But don't look for someone to blame. No finger pointing! You, priest, are the one in the dock. 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 stumble around in broad daylight, And then the prophets take over and stumble all night. Your mother is as bad as you. 5 You stumble day and night, and the prophets stumble with you. So I will destroy your mother--
6 My people are ruined because they don't know what's right or true. Because you've turned your back on knowledge, I've turned my back on you priests. Because you refuse to recognize the revelation of God, I'm no longer recognizing your children. 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 The more priests, the more sin. They traded in their glory for shame. 7 The more the priests increased, the more they sinned against me; they exchanged their Glory for something disgraceful.
8 They pig out on my people's sins. They can't wait for the latest in evil. 8 They feed on the sins of my people and relish their wickedness.
9 The result: You can't tell the people from the priests, the priests from the people. I'm on my way to make them both pay and take the consequences of the bad lives they've lived. 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'll eat and be as hungry as ever, have sex and get no satisfaction. They walked out on me, their God, for a life of rutting with whores. They Make a Picnic Out of Religion 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 "Wine and whiskey leave my people in a stupor. 11 to prostitution, to old wine and new, which take away the understanding
12 They ask questions of a dead tree, expect answers from a sturdy walking stick. Drunk on sex, they can't find their way home. They've replaced their God with their genitals. 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 worship on the tops of mountains, make a picnic out of religion. Under the oaks and elms on the hills they stretch out and take it easy. Before you know it, your daughters are whores and the wives of your sons are sleeping around. 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 But I'm not going after your whoring daughters or the adulterous wives of your sons. It's the men who pick up the whores that I'm after, the men who worship at the holy whorehouses - a stupid people, ruined by whores! 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 "You've ruined your own life, Israel - but don't drag Judah down with you! Don't go to the sex shrine at Gilgal, don't go to that sin city Bethel, Don't go around saying 'God bless you' and not mean it, taking God's name in vain. 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 Israel is stubborn as a mule. How can God lead him like a lamb to open pasture? 16 The Israelites are stubborn, like a stubborn heifer. How then can the LORD pasture them like lambs in a meadow?
17 Ephraim is addicted to idols. Let him go. 17 Ephraim is joined to idols; leave him alone!
18 When the beer runs out, it's sex, sex, and more sex. Bold and sordid debauchery - how they love it! 18 Even when their drinks are gone, they continue their prostitution; their rulers dearly love shameful ways.
19 The whirlwind has them in its clutches. Their sex-worship leaves them finally impotent. 19 A whirlwind will sweep them away, and their sacrifices will bring them shame.