4Yet let no one contend,
and let none accuse,
for with you is my contention, O priest.
5You shall stumble by day,
the prophet also shall stumble with you by night;
and I will destroy your mother.
6My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge;
because you have rejected knowledge,
I reject you from being a priest to me.
And since you have forgotten the law of your God,
I also will forget your children.
7The more they increased,
the more they sinned against me;
I will change their glory into shame.
8They feed on the sin of my people;
they are greedy for their iniquity.
9And it shall be like people, like priest;
I will punish them for their ways,
and requite them for their deeds.
10They shall eat, but not be satisfied;
they shall play the harlot, but not multiply;
because they have forsaken Yahweh
to cherish harlotry.
11Wine and new wine
take away the understanding.
12My people inquire of a thing of wood,
and their staff gives them oracles.
For a spirit of harlotry has led them astray,
and they have left their God to play the harlot.
13They sacrifice on the tops of the mountains,
and make offerings upon the hills,
under oak, poplar, and terebinth,
because their shade is good.
Therefore your daughters play the harlot,
and your brides commit adultery.
14I will not punish your daughters when they play the harlot,
nor your brides when they commit adultery;
for the men themselves go aside with harlots,
and sacrifice with cult prostitutes,
and a people without understanding shall come to ruin.
15Though you play the harlot, O Israel,
let not Judah become guilty.
Enter not into Gilgal,
nor go up to Beth-aven,
and swear not, "As Yahweh lives."
16Like a stubborn heifer,
Israel is stubborn;
can Yahweh now feed them
like a lamb in a broad pasture?
17Ephraim is joined to idols,
let him alone.
18A band of drunkards, they give themselves to harlotry;
they love shame more than their glory.
19A wind has wrapped them in its wings,
and they shall be ashamed because of their alters.
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