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Hosea 4-5 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

God’s Case against Israel

Hear the word of the Lord, people of Israel,
for the Lord has a case
against the inhabitants of the land:
There is no truth, no faithful love,
and no knowledge of God in the land!
Cursing, lying, murder, stealing,
and adultery are rampant;
one act of bloodshed follows another.
For this reason the land mourns,
and everyone who lives in it languishes,
along with the wild animals and the birds of the sky;
even the fish of the sea disappear.
But let no one dispute; let no one argue,
for My case is against you priests.[a][b]
You will stumble by day;
the prophet will also stumble with you by night.
And I will destroy your mother.
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.
Because you have rejected knowledge,
I will reject you from serving as My priest.
Since you have forgotten the law of your God,
I will also forget your sons.

The more they multiplied,
the more they sinned against Me.
I[c] will change their honor[d] into disgrace.
They feed on the sin[e] of My people;
they have an appetite for their transgressions.
The same judgment will happen
to both people and priests.
I will punish them for their ways
and repay them for their deeds.
10 They will eat but not be satisfied;
they will be promiscuous but not multiply.
For they have abandoned their devotion to the Lord.
11 Promiscuity, wine, and new wine
take away one’s understanding.

12 My people consult their wooden idols,
and their divining rods inform them.
For a spirit of promiscuity leads them astray;
they act promiscuously
in disobedience to[f] their God.
13 They sacrifice on the mountaintops,
and they burn offerings on the hills,
and under oaks, poplars, and terebinths,
because their shade is pleasant.
And so your daughters act promiscuously
and your daughters-in-law commit adultery.
14 I will not punish your daughters
when they act promiscuously
or your daughters-in-law
when they commit adultery,
for the men themselves go off with prostitutes
and make sacrifices with cult prostitutes.
People without discernment are doomed.

Warnings for Israel and Judah

15 Israel, if you act promiscuously,
don’t let Judah become guilty!
Do not go to Gilgal
or make a pilgrimage to Beth-aven,[g]
and do not swear an oath: As the Lord lives!
16 For Israel is as obstinate as a stubborn cow.
Can the Lord now shepherd them
like a lamb in an open meadow?
17 Ephraim is attached to idols;
leave him alone!
18 When their drinking is over,
they turn to promiscuity.
Israel’s leaders[h] fervently love disgrace.[i]
19 A wind with its wings will carry them off,[j]
and they will be ashamed of their sacrifices.

Hear this, priests!
Pay attention, house of Israel!
Listen, royal house!
For the judgment applies to you
because you have been a snare at Mizpah
and a net spread out on Tabor.
Rebels are deeply involved in slaughter;
I will be a punishment for all of them.[k]
I know Ephraim,
and Israel is not hidden from Me.
For now, Ephraim,
you have acted promiscuously;
Israel is defiled.
Their actions do not allow them
to return to their God,
for a spirit of promiscuity is among them,
and they do not know the Lord.
Israel’s arrogance testifies against them.[l]
Both Israel and Ephraim stumble
because of their wickedness;
even Judah will stumble with them.
They go with their flocks and herds
to seek the Lord
but do not find Him;
He has withdrawn from them.
They betrayed the Lord;
indeed, they gave birth to illegitimate children.
Now the New Moon will devour them
along with their fields.

Blow the horn in Gibeah,
the trumpet in Ramah;
raise the war cry in Beth-aven:
After you, Benjamin!
Ephraim will become a desolation
on the day of punishment;
I announce what is certain
among the tribes of Israel.
10 The princes of Judah are like those
who move boundary markers;
I will pour out My fury on them like water.
11 Ephraim is oppressed, crushed in judgment,
for he is determined to follow what is worthless.[m]
12 So I am like rot to Ephraim
and like decay to the house of Judah.
13 When Ephraim saw his sickness
and Judah his wound,
Ephraim went to Assyria
and sent a delegation to the great king.[n]
But he cannot cure you or heal your wound.
14 For I am like a lion to Ephraim
and like a young lion to the house of Judah.
Yes, I will tear them to pieces and depart.
I will carry them off,
and no one can rescue them.
15 I will depart and return to My place
until they recognize their guilt and seek My face;
they will search for Me in their distress.


  1. Hosea 4:4 Text emended; MT reads argue, and your people are like those contending with a priest
  2. Hosea 4:4 Hb obscure
  3. Hosea 4:7 Alt Hb tradition, Syr, Tg read They
  4. Hosea 4:7 Ancient Jewish tradition reads My honor
  5. Hosea 4:8 Or sin offerings
  6. Hosea 4:12 Lit promiscuously from under
  7. Hosea 4:15 = House of Wickedness
  8. Hosea 4:18 Lit Her shields; Ps 47:9; 89:18
  9. Hosea 4:18 Hb obscure
  10. Hosea 4:19 Lit wind will bind it in its wings
  11. Hosea 5:2 Hb obscure
  12. Hosea 5:5 Lit against his face
  13. Hosea 5:11 Or follow a command; Hb obscure
  14. Hosea 5:13 Or to King Yareb

2 John Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)


The Elder:[a]

To the elect lady[b] and her children: I love all of you in the truth—and not only I, but also all who have come to know the truth because of the truth that remains in us and will be with us forever.

Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.

Truth and Deception

I was very glad to find some of your children walking in the truth, in keeping with a command we have received from the Father. So now I urge you, dear lady—not as if I were writing you a new command, but one we have had from the beginning—that we love one another. And this is love: that we walk according to His commands. This is the command as you have heard it from the beginning: you must walk in love.[c]

Many deceivers have gone out into the world; they do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh.[d] This is the deceiver and the antichrist. Watch yourselves so you don’t lose what we[e] have worked for, but that you may receive a full reward. Anyone who does not remain in Christ’s teaching but goes beyond it, does not have God. The one who remains in that teaching, this one has both the Father and the Son. 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your home, and don’t say, “Welcome,” to him; 11 for the one who says, “Welcome,” to him shares in his evil works.


12 Though I have many things to write to you, I don’t want to do so with paper and ink. Instead, I hope to be with you and talk face to face[f] so that our joy may be complete.

13 The children of your elect sister send you greetings.


  1. 2 John 1:1 Or Presbyter
  2. 2 John 1:1 Or Kyria, a proper name; probably a literary figure for a local church known to John; the children would be its members.
  3. 2 John 1:6 Lit in it
  4. 2 John 1:7 Or confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh
  5. 2 John 1:8 Other mss read you
  6. 2 John 1:12 Lit mouth to mouth

Psalm 125 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Psalm 125

Israel’s Stability

A song of ascents.

Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion.
It cannot be shaken; it remains forever.
Jerusalem—the mountains surround her.
And the Lord surrounds His people,
both now and forever.

The scepter of the wicked will not remain
over the land allotted to the righteous,
so that the righteous will not apply their hands to injustice.
Do what is good, Lord, to the good,
to those whose hearts are upright.
But as for those who turn aside to crooked ways,
the Lord will banish them with the evildoers.

Peace be with Israel.

Proverbs 29:9-11 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

If a wise man goes to court with a fool,
there will be ranting and raving but no resolution.[a]

10 Bloodthirsty men hate an honest person,
but the upright care about him.[b]

11 A fool gives full vent to his anger,[c]
but a wise man holds it in check.


  1. Proverbs 29:9 Lit rest
  2. Proverbs 29:10 Or person, and seek the life of the upright
  3. Proverbs 29:11 Lit spirit

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