My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge [of My law, where I reveal My will].
Because you [the priestly nation] have rejected knowledge,
I will also reject you from being My priest.
Since you have forgotten the law of your God,
I will also forget your children.
The more they multiplied [in numbers and increased in power], the more they sinned against Me;
I will change their glory into shame.
They (the priests) [a]feed on the sin offering of My people
And set their heart on their wickedness.(A)
- Hosea 4:8 As the people increased their rebellious behavior, they offered more sacrifices to atone for their sins, implying a greater portion of food for the priests. See Lev 7:7, 8.