1 (A)Listen to the word of the Lord, O sons of Israel,For the Lord has a (B)case against the inhabitants of the land,Because there is (C)no (a)faithfulness or (b)kindnessOr (D)knowledge of God in the land.
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.
1 "Hear this message from the LORD, people of Israel. Indeed, the LORD brings a charge against the people who live in the land for there is no truth and no gracious love or knowledge of God in the land.
1 Hear the word of the Lord, you children of Israel,For the Lord has a [legal] case with the inhabitants of the land,Because there is no faithfulness [no steadfast love, no dependability] or loyalty or kindnessOr knowledge of God [from personal experience with Him] in the land.
2 By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood.
2 Swearing, lying, murder, theft, and adultery are rampant, and blood mingles with blood.
2 There is [false] swearing of oaths, deception (broken faith), murder, stealing, and adultery;They employ violence, so that one [act of] bloodshed follows closely on another.
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.
3 Therefore the land will mourn, and all who live there will languish, along with the wild animals of the field and the birds of the air. Even the fish in the sea will disappear.
3 Therefore the land [continually] mourns,And everyone who lives in it languishes [in tragic suffering]Together with the animals of the open country and the birds of the heavens;Even the fish of the sea disappear.
4 Yet let no man strive, nor reprove another: for thy people are as they that strive with the priest.
4 "Let no one fight or bring charges against another, for my dispute is with you, priest.
4 Yet let no one find fault, nor let any rebuke [others];For your people are like those who contend 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.
5 So you will stumble during the day, the prophet also will stumble with you at night, and I will destroy your mother.
6 (P)My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.Because you have (Q)rejected knowledge,I also will (R)reject you from being My priest.Since you have (S)forgotten the (T)law of your God,I also will forget your children.
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.
6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.(S)Because you have rejected knowledge,(T)I will reject you(U) from serving as My priest.Since you have forgotten the law of your God,(V)I will also forget your sons.
6 My people are destroyed because they lack knowledge of me. Because you rejected that knowledge, I will reject you as a priest for me. Since you forget the Law of your God, I will also forget your children.
6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge [of My law, where I reveal My will].Because you [the priestly nation] have rejected knowledge,I will also reject you from being My priest.Since you have forgotten the law of your God,I will also forget your children.
7 As they were increased, so they sinned against me: therefore will I change their glory into shame.
7 "The more they increased in number, the more they sinned against me, so I will change their glory into shame.
7 The more they multiplied [in numbers and increased in power], the more they sinned against Me;I will change their glory into shame.
8 They eat up the sin of my people, and they set their heart on their iniquity.
8 They feed on the sin of my people; they purpose in their heart to transgress.
9 And there shall be, like people, like priest: and I will punish them for their ways, and reward them their doings.
9 So it will be: like people, like priest. I will punish them for their lifestyles, rewarding them according to their behavior.
9 And it shall be: like people, like priest [both are wicked and both will be judged];So I will punish them for their waysAnd repay them for their deeds.
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.
10 They will eat, but will not be satisfied. They will engage in prostitution, but they won't increase, because they have stopped listening to the LORD.
10 They will eat, but not have enough;They will play the prostitute, but not increase [their descendants],Because they have stopped giving heed to the Lord.
11 Whoredom and wine and new wine take away the heart.
11 "Sexual immorality, wine, and fresh wine seduce the heart of my people.
11 Prostitution, wine, and new wine take away the mind and the [spiritual] understanding.
12 My people ask counsel at their stocks, and their staff declareth unto them: for the spirit of whoredoms hath caused them to err, and they have gone a whoring from under their God.
12 My people seek counsel from their piece of wood, and their diviner's rod speaks to them. For a spirit of prostitution causes them to go astray; in their immorality they desert their God.
12 My people consult their [lifeless] wooden idol, and their [diviner’s] wand gives them oracles.For a spirit of prostitution has led them astray [morally and spiritually],And they have played the prostitute, withdrawing themselves from their God.
13 They offer sacrifices on the (AF)tops of the mountainsAnd (j)(AG)burn incense on the hills,(AH)Under oak, poplar and terebinth,Because their shade is pleasant.Therefore your daughters play the harlotAnd your (k)brides commit adultery.
13 They sacrifice upon the tops of the mountains, and burn incense upon the hills, under oaks and poplars and elms, because the shadow thereof is good: therefore your daughters shall commit whoredom, and your spouses shall commit adultery.
13 They sacrifice on the mountaintops,(AK)and they burn offerings on the hills,(AL)and under oaks, poplars, and terebinths,(AM)because their shade is pleasant.And so your daughters act promiscuouslyand your daughters-in-law commit adultery.
13 They offer sacrifices on the mountain tops, burning offerings on the hills, under oaks, poplars, and terebinth trees, since their shade is very good. Therefore your daughters are prostitutes and your daughters-in-law commit adultery.
13 They sacrifice on the tops of the mountainsAnd burn incense on the hills,Under oaks, poplars, and terebinths,Because the shade is pleasant there.Therefore your daughters play the prostituteAnd your brides commit adultery.
14 I will not punish your daughters when they play the harlotOr your (l)brides when they commit adultery,For the men themselves go apart with harlotsAnd offer sacrifices with (AI)temple prostitutes;So the people without understanding are (m)ruined.
14 I will not punish your daughters when they commit whoredom, nor your spouses when they commit adultery: for themselves are separated with whores, and they sacrifice with harlots: therefore the people that doth not understand shall fall.
14 I will not punish your daughterswhen they act promiscuouslyor your daughters-in-lawwhen they commit adultery,for the men themselves go off with prostitutes(AN)and make sacrifices with cult prostitutes.(AO)People without discernment are doomed.(AP)
14 However, I'm not going to punish your daughters when they commit prostitution, nor your daughters-in-law when they commit adultery, because their men are themselves immoral they offer sacrifices with prostitutes. These people who aren't discerning will stumble.
14 I will not punish your daughters when they play the prostituteOr your brides when they commit adultery,For the men themselves slip away with prostitutes,And they offer sacrifices with temple prostitutes [who give their bodies in honor of the idol].So the people without understanding [stumble and fall and] come to ruin.
15 Though thou, Israel, play the harlot, yet let not Judah offend; and come not ye unto Gilgal, neither go ye up to Bethaven, nor swear, The LORD liveth.
15 "Even though you prostitute yourself, Israel let not Judah incur guilt don't go to Gilgal, or visit Beth-aven, or swear an oath using the LORD's name.
16 For Israel slideth back as a backsliding heifer: now the LORD will feed them as a lamb in a large place.
16 For Israel is as obstinate as a stubborn mule! Nevertheless, will not the LORD feed them like a lamb in a broad pasture?
16 For Israel is stubborn,Like a stubborn heifer.Can the Lord now pasture themLike a lamb in a large field?
18 Their drink is sour: they have committed whoredom continually: her rulers with shame do love, Give ye.
18 While drinking to excess, they prostitute themselves. They're in love with dishonor.
18 When their liquor is gone [and their drinking parties are over],They habitually go to play the prostitute;Ephraim’s rulers continue to dearly love shame [more than her glory which is the Lord, Israel’s God].
19 The wind hath bound her up in her wings, and they shall be ashamed because of their sacrifices.
19 A wind storm will carry them away in its embrace, and their sacrifices will bring them shame."
19 The wind [of God’s relentless wrath] has wrapped up Israel in its wings,And [in captivity] they will be ashamed because of their sacrifices [to calves, to sun, to moon, to stars, and to pagan gods].
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