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Unchecked Copy BoxHos 4:1 - Hear the word of the LORD, O people of Israel; for the LORD has a controversy with the inhabitants of the land. There is no faithfulness or kindness, and no knowledge of God in the land;

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 4:2 - there is swearing, lying, killing, stealing, and committing adultery; they break all bounds and murder follows murder.

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 4:3 - Therefore the land mourns, and all who dwell in it languish, and also the beasts of the field, and the birds of the air; and even the fish of the sea are taken away.

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 4:4 - Yet let no one contend, and let none accuse, for with you is my contention, O priest.

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 4:5 - You shall stumble by day, the prophet also shall 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 reject you from being a priest to me. And since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 4:7 - The more they increased, the more they sinned against me; I will change their glory into shame.

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 4:8 - They feed on the sin of my people; they are greedy for their iniquity.

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 4:9 - And it shall be like people, like priest; I will punish them for their ways, and requite them for their deeds.

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 4:10 - They shall eat, but not be satisfied; they shall play the harlot, but not multiply; because they have forsaken the LORD to cherish harlotry.

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 4:11 - Wine and new wine take away the understanding.

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 4:12 - My people inquire of a thing of wood, and their staff gives them oracles. For a spirit of harlotry has led them astray, and they have left their God to play the harlot.

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 4:13 - They sacrifice on the tops of the mountains, and make offerings upon the hills, under oak, poplar, and terebinth, because their shade is good. Therefore your daughters play the harlot, and your brides commit adultery.

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 4:14 - I will not punish your daughters when they play the harlot, nor your brides when they commit adultery; for the men themselves go aside with harlots, and sacrifice with cult prostitutes, and a people without understanding shall come to ruin.

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 4:15 - Though you play the harlot, O Israel, let not Judah become guilty. Enter not into Gilgal, nor go up to Beth-a'ven, and swear not, "As the LORD lives."

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 4:16 - Like a stubborn heifer, Israel is stubborn; can the LORD now feed them like a lamb in a broad pasture?

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 4:17 - E'phraim is joined to idols, let him alone.

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 4:18 - A band of drunkards, they give themselves to harlotry; they love shame more than their glory.

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 4:19 - A wind has wrapped them in its wings, and they shall be ashamed because of their altars.

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