Hosea 4

God’s Controversy with Israel

a Listen to the word of the  Lord, O sons of Israel,
For the  Lord has a b case against the inhabitants of the land,
Because there is c no
Or truth
faithfulness or
Or loyalty
Or f knowledge of God in the land.
There is g swearing h deception i murder j stealing and k adultery.
They employ violence, so that l bloodshed
Lit touches
follows bloodshed.
Therefore the land n mourns,
And everyone who lives in it languishes
Along with the beasts of the field and the birds of the sky,
And also the fish of the sea
Lit are taken away

Yet let no one
Lit contend
q find fault, and let none offer reproof;
For your people are like those who r contend with the priest.
So you will s stumble by day,
And the prophet also will stumble with you by night;
And I will destroy your t mother.
u My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.
Because you have v rejected knowledge,
I also will w reject you from being My priest.
Since you have x forgotten the y law of your God,
I also will forget your children.

The more they z multiplied, the more they sinned against Me;
I will aa change their glory into shame.
They ab feed on the
Or sin offering
sin of My people
And ad direct their desire toward their iniquity.
And it will be, like people ae like priest;
So I will af punish them for their ways
And repay them for their deeds.
10  ag They will eat, but not have enough;
They will ah play the harlot, but not increase,
Because they have
Lit forsaken giving heed; or forsaken the  Lord to practice (v 11) harlotry
aj stopped giving heed to the  Lord.

11 Harlotry ak wine and new wine take away the
Lit heart
12 My people am consult their wooden idol, and their diviner’s wand informs them;
For a spirit of harlotry has led them astray,
And they have played the harlot, departing
Lit from under
from their God.
13 They offer sacrifices on the ao tops of the mountains
Or offer sacrifices
aq burn incense on the hills,
ar Under oak, poplar and terebinth,
Because their shade is pleasant.
Therefore your daughters play the harlot
And your
Or daughters-in-law
brides commit adultery.
14 I will not punish your daughters when they play the harlot
Or your
Or daughters-in-law
brides when they commit adultery,
For the men themselves go apart with harlots
And offer sacrifices with au temple prostitutes;
So the people without understanding are
Lit thrust down

15 Though you, Israel, play the harlot,
Do not let Judah become guilty;
Also do not go to aw Gilgal,
Or go up to Beth-aven
ax And take the oath:
“As the  Lord lives!”
16 Since Israel is ay stubborn
Like a stubborn heifer,
Or Now the  Lord will pasture...field
Can the  Lord now ba pasture them
Like a lamb in a large field?
17 Ephraim is joined to bb idols;
bc Let him alone.
18 Their liquor gone,
They play the harlot continually;
bd Their
Lit shields
rulers dearly love shame.
19  bf The wind wraps them in its wings,
And they will be ashamed because of their sacrifices.

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