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Hosea 4:6-8 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

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[a] will change their honor[b] into disgrace.
They feed on the sin[c] of My people;
they have an appetite for their transgressions.


  1. Hosea 4:7 Alt Hb tradition, Syr, Tg read They
  2. Hosea 4:7 Ancient Jewish tradition reads My honor
  3. Hosea 4:8 Or sin offerings

Hosea 4:6-8 New International Version (NIV)

    my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.

“Because you have rejected knowledge,
    I also reject you as my priests;
because you have ignored the law of your God,
    I also will ignore your children.
The more priests there were,
    the more they sinned against me;
    they exchanged their glorious God[a] for something disgraceful.
They feed on the sins of my people
    and relish their wickedness.


  1. Hosea 4:7 Syriac (see also an ancient Hebrew scribal tradition); Masoretic Text me; / I will exchange their glory
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