Hos 4:4-5 Yet let no one contend, and let none accuse, for with you is my contention, O priest. You shall stumble by day; the prophet also shall stumble with you by night; and I will destroy your mother.
The order of priests and prophets formed base of the civil government as well as the day to day management of religious affairs in ancient Israel. They were structured as a primarily judiciary government. To “contend” means to bring up a legal case. When God says, “let no one contend and let none accuse,” He is saying there is no point in letting corrupt judges decide matters. It is the priestly order with which the Lord is bringing His case. Corruption causes stumbling because only the righteous can stand upright before God and men. The leaders will stumble and the nation will fall. Corruption has caused the collapse of many governments over the centuries. Modern countries that equivocate and surrender moral absolutes fall into corruption and collapse just as surely as ancient Israel or later Rome collapsed from internal decay.