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The evil that the people have done keeps them from returning to their God. Idolatry has a powerful hold on them, and they do not acknowledge the LORD.
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They will not set their thoughts to return to their God: for the spirit of fornication is in the midst of them, and they have not known the Lord.
They will not frame their doings.
Psalm 36:1-4 Unto the end, for the servant of God, David himself.  The unjust hath said within himself, that he would sin: there is no fear of God before his eyes. . . .
Psalm 78:8 That they may not become like their fathers, a perverse and exasperating generation. A generation that set not their heart aright: and whose spirit was not faithful to God.
John 3:19,20 And this is the judgment: Because the light is come into the world and men loved darkness rather than the light: for their works were evil. . . .
2 Thessalonians 2:11,12 That all may be judged who have not believed the truth but have consented to iniquity. . . .
Hosea 4:12 My people have consulted their stocks, and their staff hath declared unto them: for the spirit of fornication hath deceived them, and they have committed fornication against their God.
Jeremiah 50:38 A drought upon her waters, and they shall be dried up: because it is a land of idols, and they glory in monstrous things.
Hosea 4:1 Hear the word of the Lord, ye children of Israel, for the Lord shall enter into judgment with the inhabitants of the land: for there is no truth, and there is no mercy, and there is no knowledge of God in the land.
1 Samuel 2:12 Now the sons of Heli were children of Belial, not knowing the Lord,
Psalm 9:10 And let them trust in thee who know thy name: for thou hast not forsaken them that seek thee, O Lord.
Jeremiah 9:6,24 Thy habitation is in the midst of deceit: through deceit they have refused to know me, saith the Lord. . . .
Jeremiah 22:15,16 Shalt thou reign, because thou comparest thyself to the cedar? did not thy father eat and drink, and do judgment and justice, and it was then well with him? . . .
Jeremiah 24:7 And I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the Lord: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: because they shall return to me with their whole heart.
John 8:55 And you have not known him: but I know him. And if I shall say that I know him not, I shall be like to you, a liar. But I do know him and do keep his word.
John 16:3 And these things will they do to you; because they have not known the Father nor me.
1 John 2:3,4 And by this we know that we have known him, if we keep his commandments. . . .
ContextGod's Judgment on Israel and Judah
…3I know Ephraim, and Israel is not hid from me for now Ephraim hath committed fornication, Israel is defiled. 4They will not set their thoughts to return to their God: for the spirit of fornication is in the midst of them, and they have not known the Lord.5And the pride of Israel shall answer in his face: and Israel, and Ephraim shall fall in their iniquity, Juda also shall fall with them.…
My people have been silent, because they had no knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will reject thee, that thou shalt not do the office of priesthood to me: and thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I also will forget thy children.
My people have consulted their stocks, and their staff hath declared unto them: for the spirit of fornication hath deceived them, and they have committed fornication against their God.
I will not visit upon your daughters, when they shall commit fornication, and upon your spouses when they shall commit adultery: because themselves conversed with harlots, and offered sacrifice with the effeminate, and the people that doth not understand shall be beaten.
And Ephraim is become as a dove that is decoyed, not having a heart: they called upon Egypt, they went to the Assyrians.
The sorrows of a woman in labour shall come upon him, he is an unwise son: for now he shall not stand in the breach of the children.
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