The Lord Accuses Israel

kHear the word of the Lord, O children of Israel,

for lthe Lord has a controversy with the inhabitants of the land.

There is no faithfulness or steadfast love,

and mno knowledge of God in the land;

  nthere is swearing, lying, murder, stealing, and committing adultery;

they break all bounds, and obloodshed follows bloodshed.

  Therefore pthe land mourns,

and all who dwell in it languish,

qand also the beasts of the field

and the birds of the heavens,

rand even the fish of the sea are taken away.

  sYet let no one contend,

and let none accuse,

for with you is tmy contention, O priest.1

  You shall stumble by day;

the prophet also shall stumble with you by night;

and I will destroy uyour mother.

  My people are destroyed vfor lack of knowledge;

wbecause you have rejected knowledge,

I reject you xfrom being a priest to me.

And since you have forgotten the law of your God,

yI also will forget your children.

  zThe more they increased,

the more they sinned against me;

aI will change their glory into shame.

  bThey feed on the sin2 of my people;

they are greedy for their iniquity.

  cAnd it shall be like people, like priest;

I will punish them for their ways

and repay them for their deeds.

  10  dThey shall eat, but not be satisfied;

they shall play the whore, but not multiply,

because they have forsaken the Lord

to cherish  11 whoredom, wine, and new wine,

which etake away the understanding.

  12  My people finquire of a piece of wood,

and their walking staff gives them oracles.

For ga spirit of whoredom has led them astray,

and they have left their God to play the whore.

  13  hThey sacrifice on the tops of the mountains

and burn offerings on the hills,

iunder oak, poplar, and terebinth,

because their shade is good.

Therefore your daughters play the whore,

and your brides commit adultery.

  14  I will not punish your daughters when they play the whore,

nor your brides when they commit adultery;

for jthe men themselves go aside with prostitutes

and sacrifice with kcult prostitutes,

and a people lwithout understanding shall come to ruin.

  15  Though you play the whore, O mIsrael,

let not mJudah become guilty.

nEnter not into oGilgal,

nor go up to pBeth-aven,

and swear not, “As the Lord lives.”

  16  Like a stubborn heifer,

Israel is stubborn;

can the Lord now feed them

like a lamb in a broad pasture?

  17  qEphraim is joined to idols;

rleave him alone.

  18  When their drink is gone, they give themselves to whoring;

stheir rulers3 dearly love shame.

  19  tA wind has wrapped them4 in its wings,

and they shall ube ashamed because of their sacrifices.

k

See ch. 5:1

l
m

[ver. 6, 14; Jer. 4:22; 5:4]

n

[ch. 7:1]

o
p
q
r
s

[ver. 17]

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1

Or for your people are like those who contend with the priest

u

ch. 2:2

v

[ver. 1; Isa. 5:13]

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x
y
z

[ch. 13:6]

a
b
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Or sin offering

c
d
e
f
g

ch. 5:4; [ch. 2:2]

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i
j

[ch. 9:10]

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l

[ver. 1, 6]

m

See ch. 6:4

n
o

ch. 9:15; 12:11

p
q

[ver. 12; ch. 5:3]

r
s

[ch. 9:10]

3

Hebrew shields

t
4

Hebrew her

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