Oséias 4

1 Hear the word of the LORD, you Israelites, ¶ because the LORD has a charge to bring ¶ against you who live in the land: ¶ "There is no faithfulness, no love, ¶ no acknowledgment of God in the land.

2 There is only cursing, [^1] lying and murder, stealing and adultery; ¶ they break all bounds, ¶ and bloodshed follows bloodshed.

3 Because of this the land dries up, and all who live in it waste away; ¶ the beasts of the field, the birds in the sky ¶ and the fish in the sea are swept away.

4 "But let no one bring a charge, ¶ let no one accuse another, ¶ for your people are like those ¶ who bring charges against a priest.

5 You stumble day and night, and the prophets stumble with you. ¶ So I will destroy your mother —

6 my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. ¶ "Because you have rejected knowledge, ¶ I also reject you as my priests; ¶ because you have ignored the law of your God, ¶ I also will ignore your children.

7 The more priests there were, the more they sinned against me; ¶ they exchanged their glorious God [^2] for something disgraceful.

8 They feed on the sins of my people and relish their wickedness.

9 And it will be: Like people, like priests. I will punish both of them for their ways ¶ and repay them for their deeds.

10 "They will eat but not have enough; ¶ they will engage in prostitution but not flourish, ¶ because they have deserted the LORD ¶ to give themselves

11 to prostitution; old wine and new wine ¶ take away their understanding.

12 My people consult a wooden idol, and a diviner's rod speaks to them. ¶ A spirit of prostitution leads them astray; ¶ they are unfaithful to their God.

13 They sacrifice on the mountaintops and burn offerings on the hills, ¶ under oak, poplar and terebinth, ¶ where the shade is pleasant. ¶ Therefore your daughters turn to prostitution ¶ and your daughters-in-law to adultery.

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 ¶ and sacrifice with shrine prostitutes — ¶ a people without understanding will come to ruin!

15 "Though you, Israel, commit adultery, ¶ do not let Judah become guilty. ¶ "Do not go to Gilgal; ¶ do not go up to Beth Aven. [^3] And do not swear, 'As surely as the LORD lives!'

16 The Israelites are stubborn, like a stubborn heifer. ¶ How then can the LORD pasture them ¶ like lambs 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 will sweep them away, and their sacrifices will bring them shame.