1 aListen to the word of the Lord, O sons of Israel,
For the Lord has a bcase against the inhabitants of the land,
Or dknowledge of God in the land.
3 Therefore the land amourns,
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 1disappear.
For your people are like those who bcontend with the priest.
5 So you will astumble by day,
And the prophet also will stumble with you by night;
And I will destroy your bmother.
6 aMy people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.
Because you have brejected knowledge,
I also will creject you from being My priest.
I also will forget your children.
7 The more they amultiplied, the more they sinned against Me;
I will bchange their glory into shame.
And bdirect their desire toward their iniquity.
9 And it will be, like people, alike priest;
So I will bpunish them for their ways
And repay them for their deeds.
10 aThey will eat, but not have enough;
They will bplay the harlot, but not increase,
12 My people aconsult 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 1from their God.
13 They offer sacrifices on the atops of the mountains
cUnder oak, poplar and terebinth,
Because their shade is pleasant.
Therefore your daughters play the harlot
And your 2brides commit adultery.
Or your 1brides when they commit adultery,
For the men themselves go apart with harlots
And offer sacrifices with atemple prostitutes;
So the people without understanding are 2ruined.
Do not let Judah become guilty;
Also do not go to aGilgal,
Or go up to Beth-aven
bAnd take the oath:
“As the Lord lives!”
16 Since Israel is astubborn
Like a stubborn heifer,
Like a lamb in a large field?
17 Ephraim is joined to aidols;
bLet him alone.
They play the harlot continually;
19 aThe wind wraps them in its wings,
And they will be ashamed because of their sacrifices.
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