|1||Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.|
|2||By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood.|
|3||Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away.|
|4||Yet let no man strive, nor reprove another: for thy people are as they that strive with the priest.|
Therefore shalt thou fall
in the day, and the prophet also shall fall with thee in the night, and I
will destroy thy mother.
|6||My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.||lack of knowledge|
|7||As they were increased, so they sinned against me: therefore will I change their glory into shame.|
|8||They eat up the sin of my people, and they set their heart on their iniquity.|
|9||And there shall be, like people, like priest: and I will punish them for their ways, and reward them their doings.||like people, like priest|
|10||For they shall eat, and not have enough: they shall commit whoredom, and shall not increase: because they have left off to take heed to the LORD.|
Whoredom and wine and new wine
take away the heart.
|12||My people ask counsel at their stocks, and their staff declareth unto them: for the spirit of whoredoms hath caused them to err, and they have gone a whoring from under their God.||their stocks, and their staff spirit of whoredoms|
|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.|
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.
|15||Though thou, Israel, play the harlot, yet let not Judah offend; and come not ye unto Gilgal, neither go ye up to Beth-aven, nor swear, The LORD liveth.||Beth-aven|
|16||For Israel slideth back as a backsliding heifer: now the LORD will feed them as a lamb in a large place.|
|17||Ephraim is joined to idols: let him alone.||Ephraim|
|18||Their drink is sour: they have committed whoredom continually: her rulers with shame do love, Give ye.|
The wind hath bound
her up in her wings, and they shall be ashamed because of their sacrifices.
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