Hosea

Hosea 4 ©

1God's judgments against the sins of the people, 6and of the priests, 12and against their idolatry. 15Judah is exhorted to take warning by Israel's calamity.

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HEAR athe word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for bthe LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because cthere is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.

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dBy swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and 1blood etoucheth blood.

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Therefore fshall 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.

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Yet glet no man strive, nor reprove another: for thy people are has they that strive with the priest.

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Therefore ishalt thou fall in the day, and the prophet also shall fall with thee in the night, and I will 2destroy thy jmother.

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¶My people are 3destroyed kfor lack of knowledge: because lthou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that mthou shalt be no priest to me: seeing nthou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also oforget thy children.

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pAs they were increased, so they sinned against me: therefore qwill I change their glory into shame.

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They reat up the sin of my people, and they 4set their sheart on their iniquity.

r Le. 6.25,26; 7.6,7; 10.17.
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And there shall be, tlike people, like priest: and I will 5punish them for their ways, and 6reward them their doings.

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For uthey shall eat, and not have enough: they shall commit vwhoredom, and shall not increase: because they whave left off to take heed to the LORD.

v v.14. ch. 9.11-17.
w De. 32.15-21. Ps. 89.7. De. 28.12,32. 2Pe. 2.20,22.
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xWhoredom and wine and new wine ytake away the heart.

x Is. 28.7. Pr. 23.31-35; 31.3. v.10,12. Ec. 7.7. Is. 5.12. ch. 13.6.
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zMy people ask counsel at their stocks, and their staff declareth unto them: for athe spirit of whoredoms hath caused them to err, and they have gone ba whoring from under their God.

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They csacrifice upon the tops of the mountains, and burn incense upon the hills, under doaks and poplars and elms, because the shadow thereof is good: therefore eyour daughters shall commit whoredom, and your spouses shall commit adultery.

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7I will not fpunish your daughters when they commit whoredom, nor your spouses when they commit adultery: for gthemselves are separated with whores, and they sacrifice with harlots: htherefore the people that doth not understand shall 8fall.

h v.1,5,6.
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¶Though thou, Israel, iplay the harlot, yet jlet not Judah offend; and come not ye unto kGilgal, neither go ye up to lBeth-aven, mnor swear, The LORD liveth.

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For Israel nslideth back oas a backsliding heifer: now the LORD pwill feed them as a lamb in a large place.

o Je. 3.6.
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qEphraim is joined to idols: rlet him alone.

q ch. 5.3.
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sTheir drink is 9sour: they have committed whoredom tcontinually: her 10rulers with shame udo love, Give ye.

t v.2,10,12-14. 2Ki. 17.7-17.
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vThe wind hath bound her up in her wings, and they shall be washamed because of their sacrifices.