A complaint against the people and the priests of Israel.

Hear the word of the Lord, ye children of Israel: for the Lord [a]hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.

By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and whoring, they break out, and [b]blood toucheth blood.

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  1. Hosea 4:1 Because the people would not obey the admonitions of the Prophet, he citeth them before the judgment seat of God, against whom they chiefly offended, Isa. 7:13; Zech. 12:10; Mic. 6:1, 2.
  2. Hosea 4:2 In every place appeareth a liberty to most heinous vices, so that one followeth in the neck of another.

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