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17 You people of Israel[a]
are charmed by[b] idols.
    Leave them alone!
18 You get drunk, then sleep
    with prostitutes;
you would rather be vulgar
    than lead a decent life.[c]
19 And so you will be swept away
in a whirlwind
    for sacrificing to idols.

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Footnotes

  1. 4.17 Israel: The Hebrew text has “Ephraim,” the leading tribe of the northern kingdom of Israel, which sometimes stands for the whole kingdom.
  2. 4.17 charmed by: Or “joined to.”
  3. 4.18 life: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text of verse 18.

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