4:1Hear 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.
4:2By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood.
4:3Therefore 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.
4:4Yet let no man strive, nor reprove another: for thy people are as they that strive with the priest.
4:5Therefore shalt thou fall in the day, and the prophet also shall fall with thee in the night, and I will destroy thy mother.
4:6My 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.
4:7As they were increased, so they sinned against me: therefore will I change their glory into shame.
4:8They eat up the sin of my people, and they set their heart on their iniquity.
4:9And there shall be, like people, like priest: and I will punish them for their ways, and reward them their doings.
4:10For 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.
4:11Whoredom and wine and new wine take away the heart.
6:8Gilead is a city of them that work iniquity, and is polluted with blood.
6:9And as troops of robbers wait for a man, so the company of priests murder in the way by consent: for they commit lewdness.
6:10I have seen an horrible thing in the house of Israel: there is the whoredom of Ephraim, Israel is defiled.
7:1When I would have healed Israel, then the iniquity of Ephraim was discovered, and the wickedness of Samaria: for they commit falsehood; and the thief cometh in, and the troop of robbers spoileth without.
7:2And they consider not in their hearts that I remember all their wickedness: now their own doings have beset them about; they are before my face.
7:3They make the king glad with their wickedness, and the princes with their lies.
7:4They are all adulterers, as an oven heated by the baker, who ceaseth from raising after he hath kneaded the dough, until it be leavened.
7:5In the day of our king the princes have made him sick with bottles of wine; he stretched out his hand with scorners.
7:6For they have made ready their heart like an oven, whiles they lie in wait: their baker sleepeth all the night; in the morning it burneth as a flaming fire.
7:7They are all hot as an oven, and have devoured their judges; all their kings are fallen: there is none among them that calleth unto me.