Hosea 4 ©
God's judgments against the sins of the people, and of the priests, and against their idolatry. Judah is exhorted to take warning by Israel's calamity.
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.
¶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.
¶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.
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.
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.
¶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.