Though you, Israel, play the prostitute [by worshiping idols], Do not let Judah become guilty [of the same thing]; And do not go to Gilgal [where idols are worshiped], Or go up to Beth-aven (House of Wickedness), Nor swear [oaths in idolatrous worship, saying], “As the Lord lives!”
Though you, Israel, play the harlot and worship idols, let not Judah offend and become guilty; come not to Gilgal, neither go up to Beth-aven [contemptuous reference to Bethel, then noted for idolatry], nor swear [in idolatrous service, saying], As the Lord lives.
“Israel, just because you act like a prostitute doesn’t mean that Judah should feel guilty too. People, don’t go to Gilgal or Beth Aven. Don’t use the Lord’s name to make promises. Don’t say, ‘As the Lord lives …!’
“Israel, you ·act like a prostitute [or commit adultery], but do not let Judah be guilty toward the Lord. Don’t go to Gilgal [C a city where false worship was taking place] or go up to Beth Aven [C “house of wickedness,” a derogatory name for Bethel, “house of God”]. Don’t ·make promises [swear], saying, ‘As surely as the Lord lives…’
“Israel, you act like a prostitute. But don’t let Judah be guilty. Don’t go to sacrifice at Gilgal. Don’t go up to give offerings at Beth Aven. Don’t use the Lord’s name to make promises. Don’t say, ‘As surely as the Lord lives . . .’
“You’ve ruined your own life, Israel— but don’t drag Judah down with you! Don’t go to the sex shrine at Gilgal, don’t go to that sin city Bethel, Don’t go around saying ‘God bless you’ and not mean it, taking God’s name in vain. Israel is stubborn as a mule. How can God lead him like a lamb to open pasture? Ephraim is addicted to idols. Let him go. When the beer runs out, it’s sex, sex, and more sex. Bold and sordid debauchery— how they love it! The whirlwind has them in its clutches. Their sex-worship leaves them finally impotent.”
“Israel, you are not faithful to me. But I do not want Judah to become guilty too. “My people, do not go to Gilgal to offer sacrifices. Do not go up to Bethel to worship other gods. When you make a promise, do not say, ‘You can be sure that the Lord is alive.’
Though thou, Yisroel, play the zonah, yet let not Yehudah become guilty; and come not ye unto Gilgal, neither go ye up to Beit-Aven (House of Iniquity, pejorative name for Bethel), nor swear, Chai Hashem (As the L-rd lives).
But even though Israel is being so unfaithful, don’t you become guilty, too, Judah! Don’t go to Gilgal, and don’t go to that “house of wickedness,” Beth-aven. Don’t swear by My name while you’re worshiping other gods!
If thou, Israel, doest fornication, namely (thou) Judah, trespass not; and do not ye enter into Gilgal, and go ye not into Bethaven, neither swear ye, The Lord liveth. (Even if thou, Israel, doest adultery, or idolatry, do not thou, Judah, trespass; and do not ye go to Gilgal, and go ye not to Bethaven, nor swear ye, As the Lord liveth.)
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