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Hosea 4:1-10 Revised Standard Version (RSV)

God Accuses Israel

Hear the word of the Lord, O people of Israel;
    for the Lord has a controversy with the inhabitants of the land.
There is no faithfulness or kindness,
    and no knowledge of God in the land;
there is swearing, lying, killing, stealing, and committing adultery;
    they break all bounds and murder follows murder.
Therefore the land mourns,
    and all who dwell in it languish,
and also the beasts of the field,
    and the birds of the air;
    and even the fish of the sea are taken away.

Yet let no one contend,
    and let none accuse,
    for with you is my contention, O priest.[a]
You shall stumble by day,
    the prophet also shall stumble with you by night;
    and I will destroy your mother.
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge;
    because you have rejected knowledge,
    I reject you from being a priest to me.
And since you have forgotten the law of your God,
    I also will forget your children.

The more they increased,
    the more they sinned against me;
    I will change their glory into shame.
They feed on the sin of my people;
    they are greedy for their iniquity.
And it shall be like people, like priest;
    I will punish them for their ways,
    and requite them for their deeds.
10 They shall eat, but not be satisfied;
    they shall play the harlot, but not multiply;
because they have forsaken the Lord
    to cherish harlotry.

Footnotes:

  1. Hosea 4:4 Cn: Heb uncertain
Revised Standard Version (RSV)

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