4 Hear the word of Jehovah, O people of Israel,
For Jehovah has a legal case against the inhabitants of the land,+
Because there is no truth nor loyal love nor knowledge of God in the land.+
And stealing and adultery+ are widespread,
And one act of bloodshed follows another act of bloodshed.+
And every inhabitant in it will waste away;
The wild animals of the field and the birds of the heavens,
Even the fish of the sea, will perish.
For your people are like those who contend against a priest.+
5 So you will stumble in broad daylight,
And the prophet will stumble with you, as if it were night.
And I will silence* your mother.
Because you have rejected knowledge,+
I will also reject you from serving as my priest;
I myself will forget your sons.
I will change their glory into disgrace.*
9 It will be the same for the people as for the priest;
I will call them to account for their ways,
And I will bring on them the consequences of their actions.+
Because they have shown no regard for Jehovah.
12 My people consult their wooden idols,
Doing what their staff* tells them;
Because the spirit of prostitution* causes them to go astray,
And by their prostitution* they refuse to submit to their God.
And on the hills they make sacrifices smoke,
Under oak trees and storax trees and every big tree,+
Because their shade is good.
That is why your daughters commit prostitution*
And your daughters-in-law commit adultery.
And against your daughters-in-law because of their adultery.
For the men go off with the harlots
And sacrifice with the temple prostitutes;
Such a people without understanding+ will come to ruin.
Will Jehovah now shepherd them like a young ram in an open pasture?*
Let him alone!