including the shedding of innocent blood.(A) For he had filled Jerusalem with innocent blood, and the Lord was not willing to forgive.(B)

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14 Thick clouds(A) veil him, so he does not see us(B)
    as he goes about in the vaulted heavens.’(C)

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11 He says to himself, “God will never notice;(A)
    he covers his face and never sees.”(B)

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They say, “The Lord does not see;(A)
    the God of Jacob(B) takes no notice.”

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38 They shed innocent blood,
    the blood of their sons(A) and daughters,
whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan,
    and the land was desecrated by their blood.

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15 Woe to those who go to great depths
    to hide(A) their plans from the Lord,
who do their work in darkness and think,
    “Who sees us?(B) Who will know?”(C)

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10 You have trusted(A) in your wickedness
    and have said, ‘No one sees me.’(B)
Your wisdom(C) and knowledge mislead(D) you
    when you say to yourself,
    ‘I am, and there is none besides me.’

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For your hands are stained with blood,(A)
    your fingers with guilt.(B)
Your lips have spoken falsely,(C)
    and your tongue mutters wicked things.

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Their feet rush into sin;
    they are swift to shed innocent blood.(A)
They pursue evil schemes;(B)
    acts of violence mark their ways.(C)

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34 On your clothes is found
    the lifeblood(A) of the innocent poor,
    though you did not catch them breaking in.(B)
Yet in spite of all this

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if you do not oppress(A) the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow and do not shed innocent blood(B) in this place, and if you do not follow other gods(C) to your own harm,

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For they have forsaken(A) me and made this a place of foreign gods(B); they have burned incense(C) in it to gods that neither they nor their ancestors nor the kings of Judah ever knew, and they have filled this place with the blood of the innocent.(D)

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17 “But your eyes and your heart
    are set only on dishonest gain,(A)
on shedding innocent blood(B)
    and on oppression and extortion.”(C)

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13 But it happened because of the sins of her prophets
    and the iniquities of her priests,(A)
who shed within her
    the blood(B) of the righteous.

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23 “‘Prepare chains!
    For the land is full of bloodshed,(A)
    and the city is full of violence.(B)

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12 He said to me, “Son of man, have you seen what the elders of Israel are doing in the darkness,(A) each at the shrine of his own idol? They say, ‘The Lord does not see(B) us; the Lord has forsaken the land.’”

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He answered me, “The sin of the people of Israel and Judah is exceedingly great; the land is full of bloodshed and the city is full of injustice.(A) They say, ‘The Lord has forsaken the land; the Lord does not see.’(B)

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and say: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: You city that brings on herself doom by shedding blood(A) in her midst and defiles herself by making idols, you have become guilty because of the blood you have shed(B) and have become defiled by the idols you have made. You have brought your days to a close, and the end of your years has come.(C) Therefore I will make you an object of scorn(D) to the nations and a laughingstock to all the countries.(E)

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There is only cursing,[a] lying(A) and murder,(B)
    stealing(C) and adultery;(D)
they break all bounds,
    and bloodshed follows bloodshed.(E)

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Footnotes

  1. Hosea 4:2 That is, to pronounce a curse on
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12 At that time I will search Jerusalem with lamps
    and punish those who are complacent,(A)
    who are like wine left on its dregs,(B)
who think, ‘The Lord will do nothing,(C)
    either good or bad.’(D)

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