The days of punishment(A) are coming,
    the days of reckoning(B) are at hand.
    Let Israel know this.
Because your sins(C) are so many
    and your hostility so great,
the prophet is considered a fool,(D)
    the inspired person a maniac.(E)
The prophet, along with my God,
    is the watchman over Ephraim,[a]
yet snares(F) await him on all his paths,
    and hostility in the house of his God.(G)

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Footnotes

  1. Hosea 9:8 Or The prophet is the watchman over Ephraim, / the people of my God

Her prophets are unprincipled;
    they are treacherous people.(A)
Her priests profane the sanctuary
    and do violence to the law.(B)

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“For the lips of a priest(A) ought to preserve knowledge, because he is the messenger(B) of the Lord Almighty and people seek instruction from his mouth.(C) But you have turned from the way(D) and by your teaching have caused many to stumble;(E) you have violated the covenant(F) with Levi,”(G) says the Lord Almighty.

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