My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because [a]thou hast refused knowledge, I will also refuse thee that thou shalt be no Priest to me: and seeing [b]thou hast forgotten the Law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

As they were [c]increased, so they sinned against me: therefore will I change their glory into shame.

[d]They eat up the sins of my people, and lift up their minds in their iniquity.

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  1. Hosea 4:6 That is, the Priests shall be cast off, because that for lack of knowledge, they are not able to execute their charge, and instruct others, Deut. 33:3; Mal. 2:7.
  2. Hosea 4:6 Meaning, the whole body of the people, which were weary with hearing the word of God.
  3. Hosea 4:7 The more I was beneficial unto them.
  4. Hosea 4:8 To wit, the Priests seek to eat the people’s offerings, and flatter them in their sins.