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God’s Case against Israel
1Hear the word of the Lord, #Hs 5:1 people of Israel,
for the Lord has a case #Hs 12:2Mc 6:2
against the inhabitants of the land:
There is no truth, #Is 59:4Jr 7:28 no faithful love, #Hs 6:6
and no knowledge of God #Hs 5:4 in the land!
2Cursing, #Hs 10:4 lying, #Hs 7:3|NoBook| 10:13|NoBook| 11:12 murder, #Hs 6:9 stealing, #Hs 7:1
and adultery #Hs 7:4 are rampant;
one act of bloodshed follows another. #Hs 6:8|NoBook| 12:14
3For this reason the land mourns, #Is 24:4|NoBook| 33:9
and everyone who lives in it languishes,
along with the wild animals #Jr 4:25 and the birds of the sky;
even the fish of the sea disappear. #Gn 1:20-25
4But let no one dispute; #Ezk 3:26Am 5:10 let no one argue,
for My case is against you priests. # Text emended; MT reads argue, and your people are like those contending with a priest # Hb obscure #Dt 17:12-13
5You will stumble by day; #Ezk 14:3Hs 5:5
the prophet will also stumble with you by night.
And I will destroy your mother. #Hs 2:2
6My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. #Is 5:13
Because you have rejected knowledge, #Mal 2:7-8
I will reject you #Zch 11:8-9 from serving as My priest.
Since you have forgotten the law of your God, #Hs 2:13|NoBook| 8:14|NoBook| 13:6
I will also forget your sons.
7The more they multiplied, #Hs 10:1|NoBook| 13:6
the more they sinned against Me.
I # Alt Hb tradition, Syr, Tg read They will change their honor # Ancient Jewish tradition reads My honor into disgrace. #Hab 2:16
8They feed on the sin # Or sin offerings of My people; #Hs 10:13
they have an appetite for their transgressions. #Is 56:11Mc 3:11
9The same judgment will happen
to both people and priests. #Is 24:2Jr 5:31
I will punish them for their ways #Hs 8:13|NoBook| 9:9
and repay them for their deeds.
10They will eat but not be satisfied; #Lv 26:26Is 65:13Mc 6:14
they will be promiscuous #Hs 7:4 but not multiply.
For they have abandoned their devotion to the Lord. #Hs 9:17
11Promiscuity, #Hs 5:4 wine, and new wine
take away one’s understanding. #Is 5:12|NoBook| 28:7
12My people consult their wooden idols, #Is 44:19Jr 2:27
and their divining rods inform them.
For a spirit of promiscuity leads them astray; #Hs 5:4
they act promiscuously #Hs 9:1
in disobedience to # Lit promiscuously from under their God.
13They sacrifice on the mountaintops, #Jr 3:6
and they burn offerings on the hills, #Hs 2:13|NoBook| 11:2
and under oaks, poplars, and terebinths, #Jr 2:20
because their shade is pleasant.
And so your daughters act promiscuously
and your daughters-in-law commit adultery.
14I will not punish your daughters
when they act promiscuously
or your daughters-in-law
when they commit adultery,
for the men themselves go off with prostitutes #Hs 4:18|NoBook| 7:4
and make sacrifices with cult prostitutes. #Dt 23:17
People without discernment are doomed. #Hs 5:4
Warnings for Israel and Judah
15Israel, if you act promiscuously,
don’t let Judah become guilty!
Do not go to Gilgal #Hs 9:15|NoBook| 12:1
or make a pilgrimage to Beth-aven, # = House of Wickedness #1Kg 12:28-29Hs 5:8|NoBook| 10:5
and do not swear an oath: As the Lord lives! #Jr 5:2|NoBook| 44:26
16For Israel is as obstinate as a stubborn cow. #Ps 78:8
Can the Lord now shepherd them
like a lamb in an open meadow? #Is 5:17|NoBook| 7:25
17Ephraim is attached to idols; #Hs 13:2
leave him alone! #Ps 81:12Hs 4:4
18When their drinking is over,
they turn to promiscuity.
Israel’s leaders # Lit Her shields ; Ps 47:9; 89:18 fervently love disgrace. # Hb obscure
19A wind with its wings will carry them off, # Lit wind will bind it in its wings #Hs 12:1|NoBook| 13:5
and they will be ashamed of their sacrifices.
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