4 Hear the word of the Lord, you Israelites,
because the Lord has a chargeu to bring
against you who live in the land:v
“There is no faithfulness,w no love,
they break all bounds,
and bloodshed follows bloodshed.d
3 Because of this the land dries up,e
and all who live in it waste away;f
the beasts of the field, the birds in the sky
and the fish in the sea are swept away.g
let no one accuse another,
for your people are like those
who bring charges against a priest.h
5 You stumblei day and night,
and the prophets stumble with you.
So I will destroy your motherj—
6 my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.k
“Because you have rejected knowledge,
I also reject you as my priests;
because you have ignored the lawl of your God,
I also will ignore your children.
the more they sinned against me;
and relish their wickedness.o
9 And it will be: Like people, like priests.p
I will punish both of them for their ways
and repay them for their deeds.q
10 “They will eat but not have enough;r
they will engage in prostitutions but not flourish,
because they have desertedt the Lord
to give themselves 11 to prostitution;u
old winev and new wine
take away their understanding.w
12 My people consult a wooden idol,x
and a diviner’s rod speaks to them.y
they are unfaithfulb to their God.
and burn offerings on the hills,
under oak,c poplar and terebinth,
where the shade is pleasant.d
Therefore your daughters turn to prostitutione
and your daughters-in-law to adultery.f
when they turn to prostitution,
nor your daughters-in-law
when they commit adultery,
because the men themselves consort with harlotsg
and sacrifice with shrine prostitutesh—
do not let Judah become guilty.
“Do not go to Gilgal;k
And do not swear, ‘As surely as the Lord lives!’m
16 The Israelites are stubborn,n
like a stubborn heifer.o
How then can the Lord pasture them
like lambsp in a meadow?
leave him alone!
they continue their prostitution;
their rulers dearly love shameful ways.
19 A whirlwindq will sweep them away,
and their sacrifices will bring them shame.r
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