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17 “Ephraim has joined his idols, so leave him alone. 18 Ephraim has joined their drunkenness. Let them continue to be prostitutes. Let them be with their lovers.[a] 19 They went to those gods for safety, and they have lost their ability to think.[b] Their altars will bring them shame.

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  1. Hosea 4:18 lovers This means Israel’s false gods.
  2. Hosea 4:19 They … think Or “The wind has carried them away on its wings” or “The spirit held them tight in its wings.” The Hebrew text here is hard to understand.

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