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Hos 4:1 Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with [a charge to bring against ] the inhabitants of the land [the Israelites], because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.
Hos 4:2 By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out [all bounds], and blood [bloodshed] toucheth [follows] blood [bloodshed].
Hos 4:3 Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish [waste away], with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away.
Hos 4:4 Yet let no man strive [bring a charge], nor reprove [accuse] another: for thy people are as [like] they that strive with the [bring charges against a] priest.
Hos 4:5 Therefore shalt thou [the priest] fall [stumble] in the day, and the prophet also shall fall [stumble] with thee [the priest] in the night, and I will destroy thy [the priest's] mother.
Hos 4:6 My [the LORD's] people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou [the priest] hast rejected knowledge, I [the LORD] will also reject thee [the priest], that thou shalt be no priest to me [not be my priests]: seeing thou [the priest] hast forgotten [ignored] the law of thy God, I will also forget [ignore] thy children.
Hos 4:7 As they [the priests] were increased, so they sinned against me [the LORD]: therefore will I change their [the priests] glory into shame.
Hos 4:8 They [the priests] eat up [feed on] the sin of my [the LORD's] people, and they [the priests] set their heart on [relish] their iniquity [wickedness].
Hos 4:9 And there shall [it will] be, like people, like priest: and I will punish them for their ways, and reward them their doings.
Hos 4:10 For they [people & priests] shall eat, and not have enough: they shall commit whoredom, and shall not increase: because they have left off to take heed to [deserted] the LORD.
Hos 4:11 Whoredom and wine and new wine take away the heart [understanding of my people].
Hos 4:12 My [the LORD's] people ask counsel at their stocks [consult a wooden idol], and their staff [a stick of wood] declareth unto [answers] them: for the spirit of whoredoms hath caused them to err [be led astray], and they have gone a whoring from under their God.
Hos 4:13 They sacrifice upon the tops of the mountains, and burn incense upon the hills, under oaks and poplars and elms, because the shadow thereof is good: therefore your daughters shall commit whoredom, and your spouses shall commit adultery.
Hos 4:14 I will not punish your daughters when they commit whoredom, nor your spouses when they commit adultery: for themselves are separated with whores, and they sacrifice with harlots: therefore the people that doth not understand shall fall.
Hos 4:15 Though thou, Israel, play the harlot, yet let not Judah offend; and come not ye unto Gilgal, neither go ye up to Bethaven, nor swear, The LORD liveth.
Hos 4:16 For Israel slideth back as a backsliding heifer: now the LORD will feed them as a lamb in a large place.
Hos 4:17 Ephraim is joined to idols: let him alone.
Hos 4:18 Their drink is sour: they have committed whoredom continually: her rulers with shame do love, Give ye.
4:19 The wind hath bound her up in her wings, and they shall be ashamed
because of their sacrifices.
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