The people were wicked and unbelieving, but the priests had played a role in leading them into it. Pray for your pastors that they would guide you faithfully.

The people were wicked and unbelieving, but the priests had played a role in leading them into it. Pray for your pastors that they would guide you faithfully.

BibleGateway: Hosea 4:1-11

ESV Text: Hosea 4:1-11

Hosea 4:1–11 (Listen)

The Lord Accuses Israel


4:1   Hear the word of the LORD, O children of Israel,
    for the LORD has a controversy with the inhabitants of the land.
  There is no faithfulness or steadfast love,
    and no knowledge of God in the land;
  there is swearing, lying, murder, stealing, and committing adultery;
    they break all bounds, and bloodshed follows bloodshed.
  Therefore the land mourns,
    and all who dwell in it languish,
  and also the beasts of the field
    and the birds of the heavens,
    and even the fish of the sea are taken away.


  Yet let no one contend,
    and let none accuse,
    for with you is my contention, O priest.1
  You shall stumble by day;
    the prophet also shall stumble with you by night;
    and I will destroy your mother.
  My 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.


  The more they increased,
    the more they sinned against me;
    I will change their glory into shame.
  They feed on the sin2 of my people;
    they are greedy for their iniquity.
  And it shall be like people, like priest;
    I will punish them for their ways
    and repay them for their deeds.
10   They shall eat, but not be satisfied;
    they shall play the whore, but not multiply,
  because they have forsaken the LORD
    to cherish 11 whoredom, wine, and new wine,
    which take away the understanding.

Footnotes

[1] 4:4 Or for your people are like those who contend with the priest

[2] 4:8 Or sin offering

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KJV Text: Hosea 4:1-11

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     1 Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land. 2 By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood. 3 Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away. 4 Yet let no man strive, nor reprove another: for thy people are as they that strive with the priest. 5 Therefore shalt thou fall in the day, and the prophet also shall fall with thee in the night, and I will destroy thy mother.

     6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children. 7 As they were increased, so they sinned against me: therefore will I change their glory into shame. 8 They eat up the sin of my people, and they set their heart on their iniquity. 9 And there shall be, like people, like priest: and I will punish them for their ways, and reward them their doings. 10 For they shall eat, and not have enough: they shall commit whoredom, and shall not increase: because they have left off to take heed to the LORD. 11 Whoredom and wine and new wine take away the heart.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 486 :
O Thou Whose Feet Have Climbed Life’s Hill

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1. O Thou whose feet have climbed life’s hill
And trod the path of youth,
Our Savior and our Brother still,
Now lead us into truth.

2. The call is Thine; be Thou the Way,
And give us men, to guide.
Let wisdom broaden with the day;
Let human faith abide.

3. Who learn of Thee the truth shall find;
Who follow, gain the goal.
With reverence crown the earnest mind
And speak within the soul.

4. Awake the purpose high which strives
And, falling, stands again;
Conform the will of eager lives
To quit themselves like men.

5. Thy life the bond of fellowship,
Thy love the law that rules,
Thy name, proclaimed by every lip,
The Master of our schools.


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