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Hosea 4 :: New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB95)

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God's Controversy with Israel

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 4:1 - Listen to the word of the LORD, O sons of Israel,
For the LORD has a case against the inhabitants of the land,
Because there is no [fn]faithfulness or [fn]kindness
Or knowledge of God in the land.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 4:2 - There is swearing, deception, murder, stealing and adultery.
They employ violence, so that bloodshed [fn]follows bloodshed.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 4:3 - Therefore the land mourns,
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 [fn]disappear.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 4:4 - Yet let no one [fn]find fault, and let none offer reproof;
For your people are like those who contend with the priest.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 4:5 - So you will stumble by day,
And the prophet also will stumble with you by night;
And I will destroy your mother.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 4:6 - My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.
Because you have rejected knowledge,
I also will reject you from being My priest.
Since you have forgotten the law of your God,
I also will forget your children.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 4:7 - The more they multiplied, the more they sinned against Me;
I will change their glory into shame.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 4:8 - They feed on the [fn]sin of My people
And direct their desire toward their iniquity.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 4:9 - And it will be, like people, like priest;
So I will punish them for their ways
And repay them for their deeds.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 4:10 - They will eat, but not have enough;
They will play the harlot, but not increase,
Because they have [fn]stopped giving heed to the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 4:11 - Harlotry, wine and new wine take away the [fn]understanding.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 4:12 - My people consult 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 [fn]from their God.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 4:13 - They offer sacrifices on the tops of the mountains
And [fn]burn incense on the hills,
Under oak, poplar and terebinth,
Because their shade is pleasant.
Therefore your daughters play the harlot
And your [fn]brides commit adultery.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 4:14 - I will not punish your daughters when they play the harlot
Or your [fn]brides when they commit adultery,
For the men themselves go apart with harlots
And offer sacrifices with temple prostitutes;
So the people without understanding are [fn]ruined.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 4:15 - Though you, Israel, play the harlot,
Do not let Judah become guilty;
Also do not go to Gilgal,
Or go up to Beth-aven
And take the oath:
“As the LORD lives!”
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 4:16 - Since Israel is stubborn
Like a stubborn heifer,
[fn]Can the LORD now pasture them
Like a lamb in a large field?
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 4:17 - Ephraim is joined to idols;
Let him alone.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 4:18 - Their liquor gone,
They play the harlot continually;
Their [fn]rulers dearly love shame.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 4:19 - The wind wraps them in its wings,
And they will be ashamed because of their sacrifices.
NASB95 Footnotes
Or, truth
Or, loyalty
Literally: touches
Literally: are taken away
Literally: contend
Or, sin offering
Literally: forsaken giving heed; or forsaken the LORD to practice (v 11) harlotry
Literally: heart
Literally: from under
Or, offer sacrifices
Or, daughters-in-law
Or, daughters-in-law
Literally: thrust down
Or, Now the LORD will pasture...field
Literally: shields

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