Hosea 4:4-19 NIV

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.1

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5 You stumble2 day and night, and the prophets stumble with you. So I will destroy your mother3--

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6 my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.4 "Because you have rejected knowledge, I also reject you as my priests; because you have ignored the law5 of your God, I also will ignore your children.

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7 The more the priests increased, the more they sinned against me; they exchangeda theirb Glory6 for something disgraceful.7

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    • c 4:7 - Syriac and an ancient Hebrew scribal tradition; Masoretic Text "I will exchange"
    • d 4:7 - Masoretic Text; an ancient Hebrew scribal tradition "my"
      8 They feed on the sins of my people and relish their wickedness.8

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      9 And it will be: Like people, like priests.9 I will punish both of them for their ways and repay them for their deeds.10

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      10 "They will eat but not have enough;11 they will engage in prostitution12 but not increase, because they have deserted13 the LORD to give themselves

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      11 to prostitution,14 to old wine15 and new, which take away the understanding16

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          12 of my people. They consult a wooden idol17 and are answered by a stick of wood.18 A spirit of prostitution19 leads them astray;20 they are unfaithful21 to their God.

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          13 They sacrifice on the mountaintops and burn offerings on the hills, under oak,22 poplar and terebinth, where the shade is pleasant.23 Therefore your daughters turn to prostitution24 and your daughters-in-law to adultery.25

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          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 harlots26 and sacrifice with shrine prostitutes27-- a people without understanding28 will come to ruin!29

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              15 "Though you commit adultery, O Israel, let not Judah become guilty. "Do not go to Gilgal;30 do not go up to Beth Aven.c31 And do not swear, 'As surely as the LORD lives!'32

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                • e 4:15 - "Beth Aven" means "house of wickedness" (a name for Bethel, which means "house of God").
                  16 The Israelites are stubborn,33 like a stubborn heifer.34 How then can the LORD pasture them like lambs35 in a meadow?

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                  17 Ephraim is joined to idols; leave him alone!
                  18 Even when their drinks are gone, they continue their prostitution; their rulers dearly love shameful ways.
                  19 A whirlwind36 will sweep them away, and their sacrifices will bring them shame.37

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