New International Version
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(A)
and sacrifice with shrine prostitutes(B)—
a people without understanding(C) will come to ruin!(D)
15 “Though you, Israel, commit adultery,
do not let Judah become guilty.
“Do not go to Gilgal;(E)
do not go up to Beth Aven.[a](F)
And do not swear, ‘As surely as the Lord lives!’(G)
16 The Israelites are stubborn,(H)
like a stubborn heifer.(I)
How then can the Lord pasture them
like lambs(J) 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(K) will sweep them away,
and their sacrifices will bring them shame.(L)
Judgment Against Israel
5 “Hear this, you priests!
Pay attention, you Israelites!
Listen, royal house!
This judgment(M) is against you:
You have been a snare(N) at Mizpah,
a net(O) spread out on Tabor.
2 The rebels are knee-deep in slaughter.(P)
I will discipline all of them.(Q)
3 I know all about Ephraim;
Israel is not hidden(R) from me.
Ephraim, you have now turned to prostitution;
Israel is corrupt.(S)
- Hosea 4:15 Beth Aven means house of wickedness (a derogatory name for Bethel, which means house of God).