The Prophet Hosea, by Duccio di Buoninsegna, in the Siena Cathedral (c. 1309–1311) (from here (en.wikipedia.org))
When someone quotes Hosea 4:6, it’s almost with the sound of sadness or sorrow:
My people perish for lack of knowledge.
Paraphrased, in that context the verse might read:
God’s people are done in because they don’t have enough information to do otherwise.
The quoters almost seem to blame God for not guiding His people closely enough to give them fair warning about something. God gets blamed for lots of things He doesn’t deserve and this is one of those places.
When Hosea penned his book, he didn’t end the thought where most quoters stop. He went on to finish the verse:
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.
That is how…
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