Hosea 4:6

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

My people are destroyed for lacke of knowledge: because thou hast reiected knowledge, I will also reiect thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the lawe of thy God, I wil also forget thy children.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being My priest. Since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I also will forget thy children.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Destruction has overtaken my people because they have no knowledge; because you have given up knowledge, I will give you up, so that you will be no priest to me, because you have not kept in mind the law of your God, I will not keep your children in my memory.
- Basic English Bible

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; for thou hast rejected knowledge, and I will reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me; seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I also will forget thy children.
- Darby Bible

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.
- Webster's Bible

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you, that you may be no priest to me. Because you have forgotten your God's law, I will also forget your children.
- World English Bible

Cut off have been My people for lack of knowledge, Because thou knowledge hast rejected, I reject thee from being priest to Me, And thou forgettest the law of thy God, I forget thy sons, I also!
- Youngs Literal Bible

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to Me; seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I also will forget thy children.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Hosea 4:6


4:6 Destroyed - Many were already cut off by Pul king of Assyria, and many destroyed by the bloody tyranny of Menahem. Of knowledge - Of God, his law, his providence, his holy nature, his hatred of sin and power to punish it. Because thou - The prophet now turns from the people to the priests, to whom he speaks as to one person. Rejected knowledge - Art and wilt be ignorant. Seeing thou - O Israel, and you O priests, you have broken all the precepts of it. Thy children - The people of Israel, the whole kingdom of the ten tribes.


Discussion for Hosea 4

  • Norm
    Holy Father, let America turn from their stocks and embrace You most High God as the day draweth near for the godly to cease in the land! Amen. Proverbs 7:22 He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks Jeremiah 3:9 And it came to pass through the lightness of her whoredom, that she defiled the land, and committed adultery with stones and with stocks. 10:8 But they are altogether brutish and foolish: the stock is a doctrine of vanities. Hosea 4:12 My people ask counsel at their stocks, and their staff declareth unto them: for the spirit of whoredoms hath caused them to err, and they have gone a whoring from under their God.
  • Chuck
    america is under gods judgement like israel was we have aborted countless
    number of unborn children and sold body parts, we have legalized sodomy
    we have the cult of islam wanting to take over america in a subtle way like
    satan, we have a leader who is one himself america repent and turn to the real
    jesus christ for salvation before it is too late a great falling away is here. 1tim4-1
  • David young
    Israel in the days of hosea sound like Amereica today.The total disrespect for the Ten Commandments is what destroyed them as a nation and a people.And with the invention of the ACLU they have successfuly remove god from the voices in our students mouths to the removal of the Ten Commandments from ours court rooms.This is why god said my people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.
  • Terkesha Harrison for verse 6
    Yes just as I thought his people knowing him but there hearts are far from him
  • Kenneth Zimba for verse 6
    Lacking of knowledge is a deliberate thing, because God has revealed Himself to man Ignorance has no defence Acts 14:16-17 ' ' Who in bygone generations allowed all Nations to walk in their own ways. Nevertheless He did not leave Himself without witness in that He did good, gave us rain from heaven and fruitful seasons, filing our hearts with food and gladness ' '. Our maker has to all generations shown Himself to man in a language he understands, lacking of knowledge is not a defense.
  • Munashe Nzenze
    The scripture may refer to you and me today the same sins commited by the Israelites at that time may be similar to today 's sin when God says my people we are included as the gospel according to John clearly states we are now God 's sons by grace not birth nor bloodline

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