6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge [of My law, where I reveal My will]. Because you [the priestly nation] have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you from being My priest. Since you have forgotten the law of your God, I will also forget your children.
7 The more they multiplied [in numbers and increased in power], the more they sinned against Me; I will change their glory into shame. 8 They (the priests) [a]feed on the sin offering of My people And set their heart on their wickedness. 9 And it shall be: like people, like priest [both are wicked and both will be judged]; So I will punish them for their ways And repay them for their deeds.
Hosea 4:8As the people increased their rebellious behavior, they offered more sacrifices to atone for their sins, implying a greater portion of food for the priests. See Lev 7:7, 8.
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