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God's Controversy with Israel

1 Listen R89 to the word of the LORD, O sons of Israel,

For the LORD has a case R90 against the inhabitants of the land,

Because there is no R91 faithfulness F33 or kindness F34

Or knowledge R92 of God in the land.

2 There is swearing, R93 deception, R94 murder, R95 stealing R96 and adultery. R97

They employ violence, so that bloodshed R98 follows F35 bloodshed.

3 Therefore the land mourns, R99

And everyone who lives in it languishes

Along with the beasts of the field and the birds of the sky,

And also the fish of the sea disappear. F36

4 Yet let no one find R100 F37 fault, and let none offer reproof;

For your people are like those who contend R101 with the priest.

5 So you will stumble R102 by day,

And the prophet also will stumble with you by night;

And I will destroy your mother. R103

6 My R104 people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.

Because you have rejected R105 knowledge,

I also will reject R106 you from being My priest.

Since you have forgotten R107 the law R108 of your God,

I also will forget your children.

7 The more they multiplied, R109 the more they sinned against Me;

I will change R110 their glory into shame.

8 They feed R111 on the sin F38 of My people

And direct R112 their desire toward their iniquity.

9 And it will be, like people, like R113 priest;

So I will punish R114 them for their ways

And repay them for their deeds.

10 They R115 will eat, but not have enough;

They will play R116 the harlot, but not increase,

Because they have stopped R117 F39 giving heed to the LORD.

11 Harlotry, wine R118 and new wine take away the understanding. F40

12 My people consult R119 their wooden idol, and their diviner's wand informs them;

For a spirit of harlotry has led them astray,

And they have played the harlot, departing from F41 their God.

13 They offer sacrifices on the tops R120 of the mountains

And burn R121 F42 incense on the hills,

Under R122 oak, poplar and terebinth,

Because their shade is pleasant.

Therefore your daughters play the harlot

And your brides F43 commit adultery.

14 I will not punish your daughters when they play the harlot

Or your brides F44 when they commit adultery,

For the men themselves go apart with harlots

And offer sacrifices with temple R123 prostitutes;

So the people without understanding are ruined. F45

15 Though you, Israel, play the harlot,

Do not let Judah become guilty;

Also do not go to Gilgal, R124

Or go up to Beth-aven

And R125 take the oath:

"As the LORD lives!"

16 Since Israel is stubborn R126

Like a stubborn heifer,

Can F46 the LORD now pasture R127 them

Like a lamb in a large field?

17 Ephraim is joined to idols; R128

Let R129 him alone.

18 Their liquor gone,

They play the harlot continually;

Their R130 rulers F47 dearly love shame.

19 The R131 wind wraps them in its wings,

And they will be ashamed because of their sacrifices.

F33: Or truth
F34: Or loyalty
F35: Lit touches
F36: Lit are taken away
F37: Lit contend
F38: Or sin offering
F39: Lit forsaken giving heed; or forsaken the L\ORD/ to practice (v 11) harlotry
F40: Lit heart
F41: Lit from under
F42: Or offer sacrifices
F43: Or daughters-in-law
F44: Or daughters-in-law
F45: Lit thrust down
F46: Or Now the L\ORD/ will pasture...field
F47: Lit shields

R89: Hosea 5:1
R90: Hosea 12:2; Micah 6:2
R91: Isaiah 59:4; Jeremiah 7:28
R92: Jeremiah 4:22
R93: Deuteronomy 5:11; Hosea 10:4
R94: Hosea 7:3; 10:13; 11:12
R95: Genesis 4:8; Hosea 6:9
R96: Deuteronomy 5:19; Hosea 7:1
R97: Deuteronomy 5:18; Hosea 7:4
R98: Hosea 6:8; 12:14
R99: Isaiah 24:4; 33:9; Amos 5:16; Zephaniah 1:3
R100: Ezekiel 3:26; Amos 5:10,13
R101: Deuteronomy 17:12
R102: Ezekiel 14:3,7; Hosea 5:5
R103: Jeremiah 15:8; Hosea 2:2,5
R104: Isaiah 5:13
R105: Hosea 4:14; Malachi 2:7,8
R106: Zechariah 11:8,9,15-17
R107: Hosea 2:13; 8:14; 13:6
R108: Hosea 8:1,12
R109: Hosea 10:1; 13:6
R110: Habakkuk 2:16
R111: Hosea 10:13
R112: Isaiah 56:11; Micah 3:11
R113: Isaiah 24:2; Jeremiah 5:31
R114: Hosea 8:13; 9:9
R115: Leviticus 26:26; Isaiah 65:13; Micah 6:14
R116: Hosea 7:4
R117: Hosea 9:17
R118: Proverbs 20:1; Isaiah 5:12; 28:7
R119: Isaiah 44:19; Jeremiah 2:27
R120: Jeremiah 3:6
R121: Hosea 2:13; 11:2
R122: Isaiah 1:29; Jeremiah 2:20
R123: Deuteronomy 23:17
R124: Hosea 9:15; 12:11
R125: Jeremiah 5:2; 44:26; Amos 8:14
R126: Psalms 78:8
R127: Isaiah 5:17; 7:25
R128: Hosea 13:2
R129: Psalms 81:12; Hosea 4:4
R130: Micah 3:11
R131: Hosea 12:1; 13:15


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