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Hosea 4 (Today's New International Version)

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The Charge Against Israel

1 Hear the word of the LORD, you Israelites, because the LORD has a charge1 to bring against you who live in the land:2 "There is no faithfulness,3 no love, no acknowledgment4 of God in the land.5 2 There is only cursing,a lying6 and murder,7 stealing8 and adultery;9 they break all bounds, and bloodshed follows bloodshed.10 3 Because of this the land dries up,11 and all who live in it waste away;12 the beasts of the field, the birds in the sky and the fish in the sea are swept away.13 4 "But let no one bring a charge, let no one accuse another, for your people are like those who bring charges against a priest.14 5 You stumble15 day and night, and the prophets stumble with you. So I will destroy your mother16-- 6 my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.17 "Because you have rejected knowledge, I also reject you as my priests; because you have ignored the law18 of your God, I also will ignore your children. 7 The more the priests increased, the more they sinned against me; they exchanged their glorious Godb19 for something disgraceful.20 8 They feed on the sins of my people and relish their wickedness.21 9 And it will be: Like people, like priests.22 I will punish both of them for their ways and repay them for their deeds.23 10 "They will eat but not have enough;24 they will engage in prostitution25 but not increase, because they have deserted26 the LORD to give themselves 11 to prostitution;27 old wine28 and new wine take away their understanding.29 12 My people consult a wooden idol30 and are answered by a stick of wood.31 A spirit of prostitution32 leads them astray;33 they are unfaithful34 to their God. 13 They sacrifice on the mountaintops and burn offerings on the hills, under oak,35 poplar and terebinth, where the shade is pleasant.36 Therefore your daughters turn to prostitution37 and your daughters-in-law to adultery.38 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 harlots39 and sacrifice with shrine prostitutes40-- a people without understanding41 will come to ruin!42 15 "Though you, Israel, commit adultery, do not let Judah become guilty. "Do not go to Gilgal;43 do not go up to Beth Aven.c44 And do not swear, 'As surely as the LORD lives!'45 16 The Israelites are stubborn,46 like a stubborn heifer.47 How then can the LORD pasture them like lambs48 in a meadow? 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 whirlwind49 will sweep them away, and their sacrifices will bring them shame.50
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