Hos 4:9-11 And it shall be like people, like priest; I will punish them for their ways and repay them for their deeds. They shall eat, but not be satisfied; they shall play the whore, but not multiply, because they have forsaken the Lord to cherish whoredom, wine, and new wine, which take away the understanding.
Just as the priests were facing judgment for their sins, their followers were also to face God’s rejection and punishment. This would not be the first time God condemned an entire nation from leaders to citizens, but it would be the first time God’s wrath against sin within Israel would be poured out on the entire nation of Israel to this extent. They would not find contentment in their pleasure. They would not grow as a culture because their culture was corrupt. Turning from the righteousness of God, they sought the kinds of temporary worldly pleasures that cannot satisfy. Their priests directed the movement and the people followed. Jesus said when the blind lead the blind they both fall into the pit. Certainly he could have had Hosea’s prophecy in mind when he proclaimed that bit of wisdom. Sin leads to more sin, all of which leads us away from truth, away from wisdom, away from the relationship with our Lord that provides the contentment of security in eternal life.