1Israelites, hear what Yahweh says, for Yahweh indicts the citizens of the country: there is no loyalty, nofaithful love, no knowledge of God in the country, 2only perjury and lying, murder, theft, adultery and violence, bloodshed after bloodshed. 3This is why the country is in mourning and al its citizens pining away, the wild animals also and birds ofthe sky, even the fish in the sea wil disappear. 4But let no one denounce, no one rebuke; it is you, priest, that I denounce. 5Priest, you wil stumble in broad daylight, and the prophet will stumble with you in the dark, and I wilmake your mother perish. 6My people perish for want of knowledge. Since you yourself have rejected knowledge, so I shall rejectyou from my priesthood; since you have forgotten the teaching of your God, I in my turn shal forget yourchildren. 7The more of them there have been, the more they have sinned against me; they have bartered theirGlory for Shame. 8They feed on the sin of my people, they are greedy for their iniquity. 9But as with the people, so with the priest, I shal punish them for their conduct, I shal pay them back fortheir deeds. 10They will eat but never be satisfied, they wil play the whore but not grow more prolific, since they havedeserted Yahweh to give themselves up 11to whoring. Old wine and new wine addle my people's wits, 12they consult their block of wood, and their stick explains what they should do. For an urge to gowhoring has led them astray and whoring they go and desert their God; 13they offer sacrifice on the mountain tops, they burn incense on the hil s, under oak and poplar andterebinth, for pleasant is their shade. So, although your daughters play the whore and your daughters-in-lawcommit adultery, 14I shal not punish your daughters for playing the whore nor your daughters-in-law for committingadultery, when the men themselves are wandering off with whores and offering sacrifice with sacred prostitutes,for a people with no understanding is doomed. 15Though you, Israel, play the whore, there is no need for Judah to sin too. Do not go to Gilgal, do notgo up to Beth-Aven, do not swear oaths 'by Yahweh's life', 16for Israel is as stubborn as a stubborn heifer; so is Yahweh likely to pasture him like a lamb in a broadmeadow? 17Ephraim has made a pact with idols- let him alone! 18Their drunken orgy over, they do nothing but play the whore, preferring Shame to their Pride; 19the wind with its wings wil carry them off and their sacrifices wil bring them nothing but disgrace.
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