And it will be, like people, like priest; So I will punish them for their ways And repay them for their deeds.
They will eat, but not have enough; They will play the prostitute, but not increase, Because they gave up devoting themselves to the LORD.
Infidelity, wine, and new wine take away the understanding.
My people consult their wooden idol, and their diviner’s
wand informs them; For a spirit of infidelity has led them
astray, And they have been unfaithful, departing
from their God.
They offer sacrifices on the tops of the mountains And burn incense on the hills, Under oak, poplar, and terebinth, Because their shade is pleasant. Therefore your daughters play the prostitute, And your brides commit adultery.
I will not punish your daughters when they play the prostitute, Or your brides when they commit adultery, Because the men
themselves slip away with the prostitutes And offer sacrifices with temple prostitutes; So the people without understanding are ruined.
Though you, Israel, play the prostitute, Judah must not become guilty; Also you are not to go to Gilgal, Nor go up to Beth-aven And take the oath: 'As the LORD lives!'
Since Israel is stubborn Like a stubborn cow, Will the LORD now pasture them Like a lamb in a large field?
Ephraim is allied with idols; Leave him alone.