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Hosea 4 Names of God Bible (NOG)

The Lord’s Legal Case against Israel

Listen to the word of Yahweh, you Israelites. Yahweh has brought these charges against those who live in the land:

“There is no faith, no love, and no knowledge of Elohim in the land.
There is cursing, lying, murdering, stealing, and adultery.
    People break my laws, and there is one murder after another.
That is why the land is drying up,
    and everyone who lives in it is passing away.
        Wild animals, birds, and fish are dying.

“No one should accuse other people or bring charges against them.
    My case is against you priests.
        During the day you stumble,
            and during the night the prophets stumble with you.
                So I will destroy your mother, the nation of Israel.
I will destroy my people because they are ignorant.
    You have refused to learn,
        so I will refuse to let you be my priests.
    You have forgotten the teachings of your Elohim,
        so I will forget your children.
The more priests there are,
    the more they sin against me.
        So I will turn their glory into shame.
They feed on the sins of my people,
    and they want them to do wicked things.
        So the priests will be punished like the people.
            I will punish them for their wicked ways
                and pay them back for what they have done.

10 “They will eat, but they’ll never be full.
    They will have sex with prostitutes, but they’ll never have children.
    They have abandoned Yahweh.
11 Prostitutes, old wine, and new wine have robbed them of their senses.
12 My people ask their wooden idols for help.
    A piece of wood tells them what to do.
        A spirit of prostitution leads them astray.
            They commit adultery
                by giving themselves to other gods.
13 They offer sacrifices on mountaintops,
    and they burn incense on the hills
        under oaks, poplars, and other trees.
            They think that these trees provide good shade.

“That is why your daughters become prostitutes,
    and your daughters-in-law commit adultery.
14 Yet, I will not punish your daughters when they become prostitutes
    or your daughters-in-law when they commit adultery.
        The men go to prostitutes
            and offer sacrifices with temple prostitutes.
                These foolish people will be trampled.

15 “Israel, you act like a prostitute.
    Don’t let Judah become guilty too.
        Don’t go to Gilgal.
            Don’t go to Beth Aven.
                Don’t take the oath, ‘As Yahweh lives. . . .’

16 “The people of Israel are as stubborn as a bull.
    How can Yahweh feed them like lambs in an open pasture?
17 The people of Ephraim have chosen to worship idols. Leave them alone!
18 When they’re done drinking their wine,
    they continue to have sex with the prostitutes.
        Their rulers dearly love to act shamefully.
19 The wind will carry them away in its wings,
    and their sacrifices will bring them shame.

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Hosea 4 New International Version (NIV)

The Charge Against Israel

Hear the word of the Lord, you Israelites,
    because the Lord has a charge to bring
    against you who live in the land:
“There is no faithfulness, no love,
    no acknowledgment of God in the land.
There is only cursing,[a] lying and murder,
    stealing and adultery;
they break all bounds,
    and bloodshed follows bloodshed.
Because of this the land dries up,
    and all who live in it waste away;
the beasts of the field, the birds in the sky
    and the fish in the sea are swept away.

“But let no one bring a charge,
    let no one accuse another,
for your people are like those
    who bring charges against a priest.
You stumble day and night,
    and the prophets stumble with you.
So I will destroy your mother
    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[b] for something disgraceful.
They feed on the sins of my people
    and relish their wickedness.
And it will be: Like people, like priests.
    I will punish both of them for their ways
    and repay them for their deeds.

10 “They will eat but not have enough;
    they will engage in prostitution but not flourish,
because they have deserted the Lord
    to give themselves 11 to prostitution;
old wine and new wine
    take away their understanding.
12 My people consult a wooden idol,
    and a diviner’s rod speaks to them.
A spirit of prostitution leads them astray;
    they are unfaithful to their God.
13 They sacrifice on the mountaintops
    and burn offerings on the hills,
under oak, poplar and terebinth,
    where the shade is pleasant.
Therefore your daughters turn to prostitution
    and your daughters-in-law to adultery.

14 “I will not punish your daughters
    when they turn to prostitution,
nor your daughters-in-law
    when they commit adultery,
because the men themselves consort with harlots
    and sacrifice with shrine prostitutes
    a people without understanding will come to ruin!

15 “Though you, Israel, commit adultery,
    do not let Judah become guilty.

“Do not go to Gilgal;
    do not go up to Beth Aven.[c]
    And do not swear, ‘As surely as the Lord lives!’
16 The Israelites are stubborn,
    like a stubborn heifer.
How then can the Lord pasture them
    like lambs in a meadow?
17 Ephraim is joined to idols;
    leave him alone!
18 Even when their drinks are gone,
    they continue their prostitution;
    their rulers dearly love shameful ways.
19 A whirlwind will sweep them away,
    and their sacrifices will bring them shame.


  1. Hosea 4:2 That is, to pronounce a curse on
  2. Hosea 4:7 Syriac (see also an ancient Hebrew scribal tradition); Masoretic Text me; / I will exchange their glory
  3. Hosea 4:15 Beth Aven means house of wickedness (a derogatory name for Bethel, which means house of God).
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