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10 They will eat and not be satisfied;
    they will play the whore and not multiply,
because they have forsaken Yahweh to devote themselves to
11     whoredom.[a]
Wine and new wine take away the understanding.[b]
12     My people,
consult their wooden idols,[c]
    and their divining rod gives them oracles;
because a spirit of whoredom led them astray,
    and they played the whore from under their God.[d]

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Footnotes

  1. Hosea 4:11 Literally “to watch over whoredom”
  2. Hosea 4:11 Literally “take away heart”
  3. Hosea 4:12 Literally “their wood”
  4. Hosea 4:12 That is, “they played the whore forsaking their God”; See Ezek 23:5

10 “They will eat but not have enough;(A)
    they will engage in prostitution(B) but not flourish,
because they have deserted(C) the Lord
    to give themselves 11 to prostitution;(D)
old wine(E) and new wine
    take away their understanding.(F)
12 My people consult a wooden idol,(G)
    and a diviner’s rod speaks to them.(H)
A spirit of prostitution(I) leads them astray;(J)
    they are unfaithful(K) to their God.

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