The ox knows(A) its master,
    the donkey its owner’s manger,(B)
but Israel does not know,(C)
    my people do not understand.(D)

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11 When its twigs are dry, they are broken off(A)
    and women come and make fires(B) with them.
For this is a people without understanding;(C)
    so their Maker has no compassion on them,
    and their Creator(D) shows them no favor.(E)

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The priests did not ask,
    ‘Where is the Lord?’
Those who deal with the law did not know me;(A)
    the leaders(B) rebelled against me.
The prophets prophesied by Baal,(C)
    following worthless idols.(D)

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Even the stork in the sky
    knows her appointed seasons,
and the dove, the swift and the thrush
    observe the time of their migration.
But my people do not know(A)
    the requirements of the Lord.

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“Their deeds do not permit them
    to return(A) to their God.
A spirit of prostitution(B) is in their heart;
    they do not acknowledge(C) the Lord.

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For I desire mercy, not sacrifice,(A)
    and acknowledgment(B) of God rather than burnt offerings.(C)

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