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Cursing, dishonesty, murder,
    robbery, unfaithfulness—
these happen all the time.
    Violence is everywhere.
And so your land is a desert.
Every living creature is dying—
    people and wild animals,
    birds and fish.

The Lord Warns the Priests

Don’t accuse just anyone!
    Not everyone is at fault.
My case is against you,
    the priests.[a]

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Footnotes

  1. 4.4 priests: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text of verse 4. Hosea may have had in mind only one priest, possibly the chief priest.

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