For your hands are stained with blood,(A)
    your fingers with guilt.(B)
Your lips have spoken falsely,(C)
    and your tongue mutters wicked things.

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No one calls for justice;(A)
    no one pleads a case with integrity.
They rely(B) on empty arguments, they utter lies;(C)
    they conceive trouble and give birth to evil.(D)

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13 rebellion(A) and treachery against the Lord,
    turning our backs(B) on our God,
inciting revolt and oppression,(C)
    uttering lies(D) our hearts have conceived.

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“They make ready their tongue
    like a bow, to shoot lies;(A)
it is not by truth
    that they triumph[a] in the land.
They go from one sin to another;
    they do not acknowledge(B) me,”
declares the Lord.

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Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 9:3 Or lies; / they are not valiant for truth

14 Everyone is senseless and without knowledge;
    every goldsmith is shamed(A) by his idols.
The images he makes are a fraud;(B)
    they have no breath in them.

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17 “Everyone is senseless and without knowledge;
    every goldsmith is shamed by his idols.
The images he makes are a fraud;(A)
    they have no breath in them.

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The people who live in Samaria fear
    for the calf-idol(A) of Beth Aven.[a](B)
Its people will mourn over it,
    and so will its idolatrous priests,(C)
those who had rejoiced over its splendor,
    because it is taken from them into exile.(D)

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Footnotes

  1. Hosea 10:5 Beth Aven means house of wickedness (a derogatory name for Bethel, which means house of God).

Now they sin more and more;
    they make(A) idols for themselves from their silver,(B)
cleverly fashioned images,
    all of them the work of craftsmen.(C)
It is said of these people,
    “They offer human sacrifices!
    They kiss[a](D) calf-idols!(E)

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Footnotes

  1. Hosea 13:2 Or “Men who sacrifice / kiss

25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie,(A) and worshiped and served created things(B) rather than the Creator—who is forever praised.(C) Amen.(D)

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