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God is Speaking to You

Hosea 4:1-6:3

1Listen to the word of the LORD, O sons of Israel, For the LORD has a case against the inhabitants of the land, Because there is no faithfulness or kindness Or knowledge of God in the land.
2There is swearing, deception, murder, stealing and adultery. They employ violence, so that bloodshed follows bloodshed.
3Therefore the land mourns, And everyone who lives in it languishes Along with the beasts of the field and the birds of the sky, And also the fish of the sea disappear.
4Yet let no one find fault, and let none offer reproof; For your people are like those who contend with the priest.
5So you will stumble by day, And the prophet also will 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 also will reject you from being My priest. Since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.
7The more they multiplied, the more they sinned against Me; I will change their glory into shame.
8They feed on the sin of My people And direct their desire toward their iniquity.
9And it will be, like people, like priest; So I will punish them for their ways And repay them for their deeds.
10They will eat, but not have enough; They will play the harlot, but not increase, Because they have stopped giving heed to the LORD.
11Harlotry, wine and new wine take away the understanding.
12My people consult their wooden idol, and their diviner’s wand informs them; For a spirit of harlotry has led them astray, And they have played the harlot, departing from their God.
13They offer sacrifices on the tops of the mountains And burn incense on the hills, Under oak, poplar and terebinth, Because their shade is pleasant. Therefore your daughters play the harlot And your brides commit adultery.
14I will not punish your daughters when they play the harlot Or your brides when they commit adultery, For the men themselves go apart with harlots And offer sacrifices with temple prostitutes; So the people without understanding are ruined.
15Though you, Israel, play the harlot, Do not let Judah become guilty; Also do not go to Gilgal, Or go up to Beth-aven And take the oath: “As the LORD lives!”
16Since Israel is stubborn Like a stubborn heifer, Can the LORD now pasture them Like a lamb in a large field?
17Ephraim is joined to idols; Let him alone.
18Their liquor gone, They play the harlot continually; Their rulers dearly love shame.
19The wind wraps them in its wings, And they will be ashamed because of their sacrifices.
1Hear this, O priests! Give heed, O house of Israel! Listen, O house of the king! For the judgment applies to you, For you have been a snare at Mizpah And a net spread out on Tabor.
2The revolters have gone deep in depravity, But I will chastise all of them.
3I know Ephraim, and Israel is not hidden from Me; For now, O Ephraim, you have played the harlot, Israel has defiled itself.
4Their deeds will not allow them To return to their God. For a spirit of harlotry is within them, And they do not know the LORD.
5Moreover, the pride of Israel testifies against him, And Israel and Ephraim stumble in their iniquity; Judah also has stumbled with them.
6They will go with their flocks and herds To seek the LORD, but they will not find Him; He has withdrawn from them.
7They have dealt treacherously against the LORD, For they have borne illegitimate children. Now the new moon will devour them with their land.
8Blow the horn in Gibeah, The trumpet in Ramah. Sound an alarm at Beth-aven: “Behind you, Benjamin!”
9Ephraim will become a desolation in the day of rebuke; Among the tribes of Israel I declare what is sure.
10The princes of Judah have become like those who move a boundary; On them I will pour out My wrath like water.
11Ephraim is oppressed, crushed in judgment, Because he was determined to follow man’s command.
12Therefore I am like a moth to Ephraim And like rottenness to the house of Judah.
13When Ephraim saw his sickness, And Judah his wound, Then Ephraim went to Assyria And sent to King Jareb. But he is unable to heal you, Or to cure you of your wound.
14For I will be like a lion to Ephraim And like a young lion to the house of Judah. I, even I, will tear to pieces and go away, I will carry away, and there will be none to deliver.
15I will go away and return to My place Until they acknowledge their guilt and seek My face; In their affliction they will earnestly seek Me.
1“Come, let us return to the LORD. For He has torn us, but He will heal us; He has wounded us, but He will bandage us.
2“He will revive us after two days; He will raise us up on the third day, That we may live before Him.
3“So let us know, let us press on to know the LORD. His going forth is as certain as the dawn; And He will come to us like the rain, Like the spring rain watering the earth.”