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Oséias 4

1 Hear the word of Yahweh, you{+} sons of Israel; for Yahweh has a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor goodness, nor knowledge of God in the land.

2 Swearing, lying, killing, stealing, and committing adultery are rampant; and blood is everywhere.

3 Therefore the land will mourn, and everyone who dwells in it will languish, with the beasts of the field and the birds of the heavens; yes, the fish of the sea also will be taken away.

4 Yet let no man strive, neither let any man reprove; for your people are as those who strive with the priest.

5 And you will stumble in the day, and the prophet also will stumble with you in the night; and I will destroy your mother.

6 My people are destroyed for lack of the knowledge [of God]: because you have rejected the knowledge [of God], I will also reject you, that you will be no priest to me: seeing you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your sons.

7 As they were multiplied, so they sinned against me: I will change their glory into shame.

8 They feed on the sin of my people, and set their heart on their iniquity.

9 And it will be, like people, like priest; and I will punish them for their ways, and will requite them their doings.

10 And they will eat, and not have enough; they will cause prostitution, and will not increase; because they have left off taking heed to Yahweh.

11 Prostitution and wine and new wine take away the understanding.

12 My people ask counsel at their stock, and their staff declares to them; for the spirit of prostitution has caused them to err, and they have prostituted, [departing] from under their God.

13 They sacrifice on the tops of the mountains, and burn incense on the hills, under oaks and poplars and terebinths, because their shadow is good: therefore your{+} daughters commit prostitution, and your{+} brides commit adultery.

14 I will not punish your{+} daughters when they commit prostitution, nor your{+} brides when they commit adultery; for [the men] themselves go apart with prostitutes, and they sacrifice with prostitutes; and the people that does not understand will be overthrown.

15 Though you, Israel, are prostituting, yet don't let Judah offend; and don't come{+} to Gilgal, neither go{+} up to Beth-aven, nor swear, As Yahweh lives.

16 For Israel has behaved himself stubbornly, like a stubborn heifer: now Yahweh will feed them as a lamb in a large place.

17 Ephraim is joined to idols; let him alone.

18 Their drink has become sour; they prostitute continually; her rulers dearly love shame.

19 The wind has wrapped her up in its wings; and they will be put to shame because of their altars.

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