A problem with intermarriages. “Have we not all one father?” How then are we faithless? Intermarriage oftentimes led to integration and acceptance of foreign gods. Some people were aware of God’s displeasure. Wept and wailed at the altar, wondered why they were not blessed. Many of them were divorcing (Israelites wives) and marrying foreigners. (Scholars think having two wives was still permissible at this point. So the problem might have been that Gentile fathers insisted they divorce the Israelite wife before allowing them to marry Gentile daughters. In a sense they were sinning twice…against the wife and against God). Hence, their sacrifices were no longer acceptable to God. The Lord says, “I hate divorce.” Divorce had become commonplace, symptom of society’s decline. Divorce was legal, but took its toll on human relationships (Some scholars think this whole section is a metaphor, not about human relationships but about separation from God). Faithful human relationships reflect faithfulness to God.