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The Idolatry of Israel

11 “Harlotry, wine, and new wine lenslave the heart.

12 My people ask counsel from their mwooden idols,

And their 7staff informs them.

For nthe spirit of harlotry has caused them to stray,

And they have played the harlot against their God.

13 oThey offer sacrifices on the mountaintops,

And burn incense on the hills,

Under oaks, poplars, and terebinths,

Because their shade is good.

pTherefore your daughters commit harlotry,

And your brides commit adultery.

14 “I will not punish your daughters when they commit harlotry,

Nor your brides when they commit adultery;

For the men themselves go apart with harlots,

And offer sacrifices with a qritual harlot.

Therefore people who do not understand will be trampled.

15 “Though you, Israel, play the harlot,

Let not Judah offend.

rDo not come up to Gilgal,

Nor go up to sBeth 8Aven,

tNor swear an oath, saying, ‘As the Lord lives’—

16 “For Israel uis stubborn

Like a stubborn calf;

Now the Lord will let them forage

Like a lamb in 9open country.

17 “Ephraim is joined to idols,

vLet him alone.

18 Their drink 1is rebellion,

They commit harlotry continually.

wHer 2rulers 3dearly love dishonor.

19 xThe wind has wrapped her up in its wings,

And ythey shall be ashamed because of their sacrifices.


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