Destroyed For Lack of Knowledge
1Hear the word of Adonai, Bnei-Yisrael! For Adonai has a dispute with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, no covenant loyalty, and no knowledge of God in the land.
2Curse, deceive, murder, steal, commit adultery! They practice violence, and bloodshed follows bloodshed.
3Therefore the land will mourn, and everyone dwelling in it will languish along with the beasts of the field and the flying creatures of the sky— even the fish of the sea will be removed.
4Yet let no one dispute and let no one argue. Your people are like a kohen who makes quarrels.
5So you will stumble by day. Also a prophet will stumble with you by night, when I destroy your mother.
6My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Since you rejected knowledge, I will also reject you from being My kohen. Since you forgot the Torah of your God, just so I will forget your children.
7The more they multiplied, the more they sinned against Me. I will change their glory into disgrace.
8They feed on the sin of My people and relish their iniquity.
9But it will be like people, like kohen. So I will punish them for their ways, and repay them for their deeds.
10They have eaten but will not be satisfied. They have fornicated but will not increase. For they stopped giving heed to Adonai.
11Prostitution and wine—even new wine— it takes away understanding.
12My people consult their wooden idol and their divining rod informs them. For a spirit of prostitution leads them astray and they have been a prostitute— out from under their God.
13They sacrifice on the mountaintops and on the high places they burn incense under oak poplar, and terebinth— for its shade is good. Therefore your daughters are prostitutes and your daughters-in-law commit adultery.
14Will I not punish your daughters for prostitution or your daughters-in-law for adultery? For they consort with prostitutes, and they sacrifice with cult prostitutes. A people without understanding will be thrust down.
15Though you, Israel, are a prostitute, let Judah not become guilty. But do not come to Gilgal or go up to Beth-aven, and do not swear: ‘As Adonai lives!’
16For Israel is stubborn like a stubborn cow. Now Adonai will pasture them like a lamb in the open field.
17Ephraim is joined to idols; let him alone!
18Their liquor has come to an end. They surely have practiced prostitution. Her rulers have deeply loved disgrace.
19A wind will wrap her up in its wings. They will be ashamed of their sacrifices.