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Hosea 4:11-13 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

11     to prostitution.
Aged wine and new wine
    take away understanding.
12 My people consult their piece of wood,[a]
    and their wand makes pronouncements for them,
For the spirit of prostitution has led them astray;
    they prostitute themselves, forsaking their God.
13 On the mountaintops they offer sacrifice
    and on the hills they burn incense,
Beneath oak and poplar and terebinth,
    because of their pleasant shade.[b]
Therefore your daughters prostitute themselves,
    and your daughters-in-law commit adultery.


  1. 4:12 Piece of wood: a derogatory term for an idol. Wand: a sacred wooden object, perhaps some kind of staff, used for divination.
  2. 4:13 The shrines on the “high places” typically had an altar, a grove of trees, and a stone pillar representing a god (Dt 12:2; Jer 2:20).
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