Hosea 4
King James Bible: Purple Letter EditionERP 
1Hear 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. 2By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery they break out, and blood toucheth blood. 3Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of the heavens; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away. 4Yet let no man strive, nor reprove another; for thy people are as they who strive with the priest. 5Therefore shalt thou fall in the day, and the prophet also shall fall with thee in the night, and I will destroy thy mother. 6My 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. 7As they were increased, so they sinned against Me; therefore will I change their glory into shame. 8They eat up the sin of My people, and they set their heart on their iniquity. 9And there shall be, like people, like priest; and I will punish them for their ways, and reward them their doings. 10For they shall eat, and not have enough; they shall commit harlotry, and shall not increase; because they have ceased {left off} to take heed to the LORD.

11Harlotry and wine and new wine take away the heart. 12My people ask counsel of {at} their idols {stocks}, and their staff declareth unto them; for the spirit of harlotry hath caused them to err, and they have played the harlot, departing {gone a whoring} from under their God. 13They sacrifice upon the tops of the mountains, and burn incense upon the hills, under oaks and poplars and elms, because the shadow of them {thereof} is good; therefore your daughters shall commit harlotry, and your spouses shall commit adultery. 14I will not punish your daughters when they commit harlotry, nor your spouses when they commit adultery; for they themselves are separated with harlots, and they sacrifice with harlots; therefore, the people that doth not understand shall fall. 15Though thou, Israel, play the harlot, yet let not Judah offend; and come not ye unto Gilgal, neither go ye up to Beth-aven, nor swear, The LORD liveth.

16For Israel slideth back like {as} a backsliding heifer; now the LORD will feed them as a lamb in a large place. 17Ephraim is joined to idols; let him alone. 18Their drink is sour; they have committed harlotry continually; her rulers love {with} shame more than glory do love{, Give ye}. 19The wind hath bound her up in its {her} wings, and they shall be ashamed because of their sacrifices.

King James Bible: Purple Letter Edition
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