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4 Hear the word of the Lord,
You children of Israel,
“There is no truth or mercy
Or bknowledge of God in the land.
Killing and stealing and committing adultery,
They break all restraint,
With bloodshed 2upon bloodshed.
3 Therefore cthe land will mourn;
And deveryone who dwells there will waste away
With the beasts of the field
And the birds of the air;
Even the fish of the sea will be taken away.
For your people are like those ewho contend with the priest.
5 Therefore you shall stumble fin the day;
The prophet also shall stumble with you in the night;
And I will destroy your mother.
6 gMy people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.
Because you have rejected knowledge,
I also will reject you from being priest for Me;
hBecause you have forgotten the law of your God,
I also will forget your children.
The more they sinned against Me;
They set their 5heart on their iniquity.
9 And it shall be: jlike people, like priest.
So I will punish them for their ways,
And 6reward them for their deeds.
10 For kthey shall eat, but not have enough;
They shall commit harlotry, but not increase;
Because they have ceased obeying the Lord.
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