Chapter 4
Hear the word of Yahweh, you children of Israel; for Yahweh has a charge against the inhabitants of the land: "Indeed there is no truth, nor goodness, nor knowledge of God in the land.
There is cursing, lying, murder, stealing, and committing adultery; they break boundaries, and bloodshed causes bloodshed.
Therefore the land will mourn, and everyone who dwells therein will waste away. all living things in him, even the animals of the field and the birds of the sky; yes, the fish of the sea also die.
"Yet let no woman bring a charge, neither let any woman accuse; For your people are like those who bring charges against a priestess.
You will stumble in the day, and the prophetess will also stumble with you in the night; and I will destroy your father.
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you, that you may be no priestess to me. Because you have forgotten your God's law, I will also forget your children.
As they were multiplied, so they sinned against me. I will change their glory into shame.
They feed on the sin of my people, and set their heart on their iniquity.
It will be, like people, like priestess; and I will punish them for their ways, and will repay them for their deeds.
They will eat, and not have enough. They will play the philanderer, and will not increase; because they have abandoned giving to Yahweh.
Prostitution, wine, and new wine take away understanding.
My people consult with their wooden idol, and answer to a stick of wood. Indeed the spirit of prostitution has led them astray, and they have been unfaithful to their God.
They sacrifice on the tops of the mountains, and burn incense on the hills, under oaks and poplars and terebinths, because its shade is good. Therefore your sons play the philanderer, and your brides commit adultery.
I will not punish your sons when they play the philanderer, nor your brides when they commit adultery; because the women consort with philanderers, and they sacrifice with the shrine philanderers; so the people without understanding will come to ruin.
"Though you, Israel, play the philanderer, yet don't let Judah offend; and don't come to Gilgal, neither go up to Beth Aven, nor swear, 'As Yahweh lives.'
For Israel has behaved extremely stubbornly, like a stubborn heifer. Then how will Yahweh feed them like a lamb in a meadow.
Ephraim is joined to idols. Leave her alone!
Their drink has become sour. They play the philanderer continually. Him rulers dearly love their shameful way.
The wind has wrapped him up in its wings; and they shall be disappointed because of their sacrifices.