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Hosea 4 :: New International Version (NIV)

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The Charge Against Israel

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 4:1 - Hear the word of the LORD, you Israelites, because the LORD has a charge to bring against you who live in the land: “There is no faithfulness, no love, no acknowledgment of God in the land.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 4:2 - There is only cursing,[fn] lying and murder, stealing and adultery; they break all bounds, and bloodshed follows bloodshed.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 4:3 - Because of this the land dries up, and all who live in it waste away; the beasts of the field, the birds in the sky and the fish in the sea are swept away.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 4:4 - “But let no one bring a charge, let no one accuse another, for your people are like those who bring charges against a priest.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 4:5 - You stumble day and night, and the prophets stumble with you. So I will destroy your mother—
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 4:6 - my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. “Because you have rejected knowledge, I also reject you as my priests; because you have ignored the law of your God, I also will ignore your children.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 4:7 - The more priests there were, the more they sinned against me; they exchanged their glorious God[fn] for something disgraceful.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 4:8 - They feed on the sins of my people and relish their wickedness.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 4:9 - And it will be: Like people, like priests. I will punish both of them for their ways and repay them for their deeds.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 4:10 - “They will eat but not have enough; they will engage in prostitution but not flourish, because they have deserted the LORD to give themselves
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 4:11 - to prostitution; old wine and new wine take away their understanding.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 4:12 - My people consult a wooden idol, and a diviner’s rod speaks to them. A spirit of prostitution leads them astray; they are unfaithful to their God.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 4:13 - They sacrifice on the mountaintops and burn offerings on the hills, under oak, poplar and terebinth, where the shade is pleasant. Therefore your daughters turn to prostitution and your daughters-in-law to adultery.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 4:14 - “I will not punish your daughters when they turn to prostitution, nor your daughters-in-law when they commit adultery, because the men themselves consort with harlots and sacrifice with shrine prostitutes— a people without understanding will come to ruin!
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 4:15 - “Though you, Israel, commit adultery, do not let Judah become guilty. “Do not go to Gilgal; do not go up to Beth Aven.[fn] And do not swear, ‘As surely as the LORD lives!’
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 4:16 - The Israelites are stubborn, like a stubborn heifer. How then can the LORD pasture them like lambs in a meadow?
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 4:17 - Ephraim is joined to idols; leave him alone!
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 4:18 - Even when their drinks are gone, they continue their prostitution; their rulers dearly love shameful ways.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 4:19 - A whirlwind will sweep them away, and their sacrifices will bring them shame.
NIV Footnotes
That is, to pronounce a curse on
Syriac (see also an ancient Hebrew scribal tradition); Masoretic Text me; / I will exchange their glory
Beth Aven means house of wickedness (a derogatory name for Bethel, which means house of God).
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