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4 Hear the word of the Lord,h people of Israel,
for the Lord has a casei
against the inhabitants of the land:
and no knowledge of Godl in the land!
and adulteryq are rampant;
one act of bloodshed follows another.r
3 For this reason the land mourns,s
and everyone who lives in it languishes,
along with the wild animalst and the birds of the sky;
even the fish of the sea disappear.u
4 But let no one dispute;v let no one argue,
5 You will stumble by day;x
the prophet will also stumble with you by night.
And I will destroy your mother.y
6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.z
Because you have rejected knowledge,aa
I will reject youab from serving as my priest.
Since you have forgotten the law of your God,ac
I will also forget your sons.
7 The more they multiplied,ad
the more they sinned against me.
they have an appetite for their iniquity.ag
to both people and priests.ah
I will punish them for their waysai
and repay them for their deeds.
10 They will eat but not be satisfied;aj
they will be promiscuousak but not multiply.
For they have abandoned their devotion to the Lord.al
11 Promiscuity,am wine, and new wine
take away one’s understanding.an
12 My people consult their wooden idols,ao
and their divining rods inform them.
For a spirit of promiscuity leads them astray;ap
they act promiscuouslyaq
in disobedience toF their God.
13 They sacrifice on the mountaintops,ar
and they burn offerings on the hills,as
and under oaks, poplars, and terebinths,at
because their shade is pleasant.
And so your daughters act promiscuously
and your daughters-in-law commit adultery.
when they act promiscuously
or your daughters-in-law
when they commit adultery,
for the men themselves go off with prostitutesau
and make sacrifices with cult prostitutes.av
People without discernment are doomed.aw
15 Israel, if you act promiscuously,
don’t let Judah become guilty!
Do not go to Gilgalax
and do not swear an oath: As the Lord lives!az
16 For Israel is as obstinate as a stubborn cow.ba
Can the Lord now shepherd them
like a lamb in an open meadow?bb
17 Ephraim is attached to idols;bc
leave him alone!bd
they turn to promiscuity.
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