English Revised Version

Hosea 4

God's judgments against the sins of the people,

Hosea 4:1 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. Hosea 4:2 There is nought but swearing and breaking faith, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery; they break out, and blood toucheth blood. Hosea 4:3 Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field and the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away. Hosea 4:4 Yet let no man strive, neither let any man reprove; for thy people are as they that strive with the priest. Hosea 4:5 And thou shalt stumble in the day, and the prophet also shall stumble with thee in the night; and I will destroy thy mother.

and of the priests,

Hosea 4:6 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 also will forget thy children. Hosea 4:7 As they were multiplied, so they sinned against me: I will change their glory into shame. Hosea 4:8 They feed on the sin of my people, and set their heart on their iniquity. Hosea 4:9 And it shall be, like people, like priest: and I will punish them for their ways, and will reward them their doings. Hosea 4:10 And 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. Hosea 4:11 Whoredom and wine and new wine take away the understanding.

and against their idolatry.

Hosea 4:12 My people ask counsel at their stock, and their staff declareth unto them: for the spirit of whoredom hath caused them to err, and they have gone a whoring from under their God. Hosea 4:13 They sacrifice upon the tops of the mountains, and burn incense upon the hills, under oaks and poplars and terebinths, because the shadow thereof is good: therefore your daughters commit whoredom, and your brides commit adultery. Hosea 4:14 I will not punish your daughters when they commit whoredom, nor your brides when they commit adultery; for they themselves go apart with whores, and they sacrifice with the harlots: and the people that doth not understand shall be overthrown.

Judah is exhorted to take warning by Israel's calamity.

Hosea 4:15 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, As the LORD liveth. Hosea 4:16 For Israel hath behaved himself stubbornly, like a stubborn heifer: now will the LORD feed them as a lamb in a large place. Hosea 4:17 Ephraim is joined to idols; let him alone. Hosea 4:18 Their drink is become sour: they commit whoredom continually; her rulers dearly love shame. Hosea 4:19 The wind hath wrapped her up in its wings; and they shall be ashamed because of their sacrifices.

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