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 1 Hear the word of Yahweh, you children of Israel,

 because Yahweh has a lawsuit

 against the inhabitants of the land.

 Indeed there is no truth, nor covenant faithfulness,

 nor knowledge of God in the land.


 2 There is cursing, lying, murder, stealing,

 and committing adultery;

 they break all boundaries,

 and bloodshed causes bloodshed.


 3 Therefore the land will mourn,

 and everyone who lives in it will waste away,

 along with the animals of the field and the birds of the heavens,

 yes, the fish of the sea will also die.


 4 Yet let no one bring a charge, nor let anyone accuse;

 for your people are like those who bring charges against a priest.


 5 You will stumble in the day,

 and the prophet will also stumble with you in the night,

 and I will destroy your mother.


 6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.

 Because you have rejected knowledge,

 I will also reject you so that you will not be a priest to me.

 Because you have forgotten the law of your God,

 I will also forget your children.


As they were multiplied,

 so they sinned against me.

 I will change their glory into shame.


 8 They feed on the sin of my people

 and set their heart on their iniquity.


 9 It will be,

 like people, like priest;

 and I will punish them for their ways

 and will repay them for their deeds.


 10 They will eat, and not have enough;

 they will prostitute themselves

 but will not multiply;

 all because they have abandoned Yahweh to give themselves


 11 to prostitution; wine, and new wine,

 which take away their understanding.


My people consult with their wooden idol

 and answer to a stick of wood.

 Indeed a spirit of prostitution has led them astray,

 and they have been unfaithful to their God.


 13 They sacrifice on the tops of the mountains

 and turn incense into smoke-perfume on the hills,

 under oaks and poplars and terebinths,

 because its shade is good.

 Therefore your daughters prostitute themselves

 and your brides commit adultery.


 14 I will not punish your daughters

 when they prostitute themselves,

 nor your brides

 when they commit adultery;

 because the men consort with prostitutes

 and they sacrifice with the shrine prostitutes.

 So the people without understanding will come to ruin.


Though you, Israel, prostitute yourself

 do not let Judah become guilty!;

 And do not go to Gilgal,

 nor go up to Beth-aven,

 and do not swear an oath, saying, “As Yahweh lives.”


 16 For Israel has behaved extremely stubbornly,

 like a stubborn heifer.

 Then how will Yahweh feed them

 like a lamb in a meadow.


 17 Ephraim is joined to idols.

 Leave him alone!


 18 Their drink has become sour.

 They prostitute themselves continually.

 Her rulers dearly love their shameful way.


 19 The wind has wrapped her up in its wings,

 and they will be disappointed because of their sacrifices.


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