11 Harlotry, wine and new wine take away the [a]understanding. 12 My people consult their wooden idol, and their diviner’s wand informs them; For a spirit of harlotry has led them astray, And they have played the harlot, departing[b]from their God. 13 They offer sacrifices on the tops of the mountains And [c]burn incense on the hills, Under oak, poplar and terebinth, Because their shade is pleasant. Therefore your daughters play the harlot And your [d]brides commit adultery. 14 I will not punish your daughters when they play the harlot Or your [e]brides when they commit adultery, For the men themselves go apart with harlots And offer sacrifices with temple prostitutes; So the people without understanding are [f]ruined.
15 Though you, Israel, play the harlot, Do not let Judah become guilty; Also do not go to Gilgal, Or go up to Beth-aven And take the oath: “As the Lord lives!” 16 Since Israel is stubborn Like a stubborn heifer, [g]Can the Lord now pasture them Like a lamb in a large field? 17 Ephraim is joined to idols; Let him alone. 18 Their liquor gone, They play the harlot continually; Their [h]rulers dearly love shame. 19 The wind wraps them in its wings, And they will be ashamed because of their sacrifices.
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