1 Hear the word of the Lord, O people of Israel!
The Lord has brought charges against you, saying:
“There is no faithfulness, no kindness,
no knowledge of God in your land.
you kill and steal and commit adultery.
There is violence everywhere—
one murder after another.
and everyone is wasting away.
Even the wild animals, the birds of the sky,
and the fish of the sea are disappearing.
and try to pass the blame!
My complaint, you priests,
is with you.*
and your false prophets will fall with you in the night.
And I will destroy Israel, your mother.
because they don’t know me.
Since you priests refuse to know me,
I refuse to recognize you as my priests.
Since you have forgotten the laws of your God,
I will forget to bless your children.
the more they sin against me.
They have exchanged the glory of God
for the shame of idols.*
So the priests are glad when the people sin!
So now I will punish both priests and people
for their wicked deeds.
They will play the prostitute and gain nothing from it,
for they have deserted the Lord
“Wine has robbed my people
of their understanding.
They think a stick can tell them the future!
Longing after idols
has made them foolish.
They have played the prostitute,
serving other gods and deserting their God.
They go up into the hills to burn incense
in the pleasant shade of oaks, poplars, and terebinth trees.
“That is why your daughters turn to prostitution,
and your daughters-in-law commit adultery.
for their prostitution and adultery?
For your men are doing the same thing,
sinning with whores and shrine prostitutes.
O foolish people! You refuse to understand,
so you will be destroyed.
may Judah not be guilty of such things.
Do not join the false worship at Gilgal or Beth-aven,*
and do not take oaths there in the Lord’s name.
like a stubborn heifer.
So should the Lord feed her
like a lamb in a lush pasture?
17 Leave Israel* alone,
because she is married to idolatry.
off they go to find some prostitutes.
They love shame more than honor.*
Their sacrifices to idols will bring them shame.