Hosea 10:3
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New International Version
Then they will say, "We have no king because we did not revere the LORD. But even if we had a king, what could he do for us?"

New Living Translation
Then they will say, "We have no king because we didn't fear the LORD. But even if we had a king, what could he do for us anyway?"

English Standard Version
For now they will say: “We have no king, for we do not fear the LORD; and a king—what could he do for us?”

New American Standard Bible
Surely now they will say, "We have no king, For we do not revere the LORD. As for the king, what can he do for us?"

King James Bible
For now they shall say, We have no king, because we feared not the LORD; what then should a king do to us?

Christian Standard Bible
In fact, they are now saying, "We have no king! For we do not fear the LORD. What can a king do for us?"

Contemporary English Version
"We don't have a king," you will say. "We don't fear the LORD. And what good are kings?"

Good News Translation
These people will soon be saying, "We have no king because we did not fear the LORD. But what could a king do for us anyway?"

Holman Christian Standard Bible
In fact, they are now saying," We have no king! For we do not fear the LORD. What can a king do for us?"

International Standard Version
From now on they will say, 'We have no king, because we did not fear the LORD— and what would a king do for us?'

NET Bible
Very soon they will say, "We have no king since we did not fear the LORD. But what can a king do for us anyway?"

New Heart English Bible
Surely now they will say, "We have no king; for we do not fear the LORD; and the king, what can he do for us?"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So they'll say, "We have no king because we didn't fear the LORD. Even if we had a king, he couldn't do anything for us."

JPS Tanakh 1917
Surely now shall they say: 'We have no king; For we feared not the LORD; And the king, what can he do for us?'

New American Standard 1977
Surely now they will say, “We have no king, For we do not revere the LORD. As for the king, what can he do for us?”

Jubilee Bible 2000
For now they shall say, We have no king, because we did not fear the LORD; what then should a king do to us?

King James 2000 Bible
For now they shall say, We have no king, because we feared not the LORD; what then could a king do for us?

American King James Version
For now they shall say, We have no king, because we feared not the LORD; what then should a king do to us?

American Standard Version
Surely now shall they say, We have no king; for we fear not Jehovah; and the king, what can he do for us?

Douay-Rheims Bible
For now they shall say: We have no king: because we fear not the Lord: and what shall a king do to us?

Darby Bible Translation
For now they will say, We have no king, for we feared not Jehovah; and a king, what can he do for us?

English Revised Version
Surely now shall they say, We have no king: for we fear not the LORD; and the king, what can he do for us?

Webster's Bible Translation
For now they shall say, We have no king, because we feared not the LORD; what then should a king do to us?

World English Bible
Surely now they will say, "We have no king; for we don't fear Yahweh; and the king, what can he do for us?"

Young's Literal Translation
For now they say: We have no king, Because we have not feared Jehovah, And the king -- what doth he for us?
Study Bible
Retribution for Israel's Sin
2Their heart is faithless; Now they must bear their guilt. The LORD will break down their altars And destroy their sacred pillars. 3Surely now they will say, "We have no king, For we do not revere the LORD. As for the king, what can he do for us?" 4They speak mere words, With worthless oaths they make covenants; And judgment sprouts like poisonous weeds in the furrows of the field.…
Cross References
1 Samuel 12:25
"But if you still do wickedly, both you and your king will be swept away."

Psalm 12:4
Who have said, "With our tongue we will prevail; Our lips are our own; who is lord over us?"

Isaiah 5:19
Who say, "Let Him make speed, let Him hasten His work, that we may see it; And let the purpose of the Holy One of Israel draw near And come to pass, that we may know it!"

Hosea 3:4
For the sons of Israel will remain for many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or sacred pillar and without ephod or household idols.
Treasury of Scripture

For now they shall say, We have no king, because we feared not the LORD; what then should a king do to us?

We have.

Hosea 10:7,15 As for Samaria, her king is cut off as the foam on the water…

Hosea 3:4 For the children of Israel shall abide many days without a king, …

Hosea 11:5 He shall not return into the land of Egypt, and the Assyrian shall …

Hosea 13:11 I gave you a king in my anger, and took him away in my wrath.

Genesis 49:10 The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between …

Micah 4:9 Now why do you cry out aloud? is there no king in you? is your counselor …

John 19:15 But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate …

(3) To us.--Better, as for a king, what will he do for us? The prophet having witnessed a succession of Israelite kings overthrown, and anarchy as its consequence, predicts yet another time of confusion and helplessness, a full vindication of the threatenings of the prophet Samuel. (Comp. 1Samuel 8:19.)

Verse 3. - For now they shall say, We have no king, because we feared not the Lord. In the day of their destruction Israel would be brought to see and even feel that the king appointed through their own self-will and fancied plenitude of power was unable to protect or help them, and that because they had rejected Jehovah and cast aside his fear. The point of time denoted by "now" is either when they see destruction before their eyes, or when Israel is already in captivity. Rashi explains it in the former sense: "When destruction shall come upon them, they shall say, 'We have no king,' that is, our king on whom we set our hopes when we said, 'Our king shall go out before us and light our battles,' affords us no help whatever." Kimchi explains similarly, but fixes the "now" in the time of the Captivity: "Now, when they shall be carried out of their land, they shall recognize and say, 'We have no king;' the explanation is, as it' we had no king among us, for there is no strength in him to deliver us out of the hand of our enemies, as we thought when we asked for a king who should march at our head and fight our battles. God - blessed be he! - was our King, and we needed no king, and he it was that delivered us out of the hand of our enemies when we did his will." Aben Ezra and others understand it as the expression of a wild licorice on the part of Israel, recklessly giving vent to an anarchical and atheistic spirit: "As soon as their heart was divided they had no wish to have a king over them, and had no fear of Jehovah; therefore they had no fear, and every one did what was right in his own eyes." This exposition neglects the note of time, as also the causal particle that follows. They bethought themselves that, as they had not feared Jehovah, but neglected his Law, the king which they had demanded could do them no good. "What," they asked, "can the king do for us? He has no power to deliver us, since God is angry with us, for we have sinned against him?" Such is the confession of Israel in captivity. Pusey remarks in reference to this: "In sin, all Israel had asked for a king, when the Lord was their King; in sin, Ephraim had made Jeroboam king; in sin, their subsequent kings were made, without the counsel and advice of God; and now, as the close of all, they reflect how fruitless it all was." For now they shall say, we have no king,.... This they would say, either when they had one; but by their conduct and behaviour said they had none; because they had no regard unto him, no affection for him, and reverence of him; but everyone did what was right in his own eyes: or during the interregnum, between the murder of Pekah, which was in the twentieth year of Jotham, and the settlement of Hoshea, which was in the twelfth of Ahaz; see 2 Kings 15:30; or when the land of Israel was invaded, and their king was shut up in prison, and Samaria besieged, so that it was as if they had no king; they had none to protect and defend them, to sally out at the head of them against the enemy, and fight their battles for them; or rather when the city was taken, the altars broke down, their images spoiled, and they and their king carried captive:

because we feared not the Lord: did not serve and worship him, but idols; and this sin, casting off the fear of the Lord, was the source and cause of all their troubles and sorrows; of the invasion of their land; of the besieging and taking their city, and having no king to rule over them, and protect them:

what then should a king do to us? if they had one, he could be of no service to them; for since they had offended God, the King of kings, and made him their enemy, what could an earthly king, a weak mortal man, do for them, or against him? it was now all over with them, and they could have no expectation of help and deliverance. 3. now, etc.—Soon they, deprived of their king, shall be reduced to say, We have no king (Ho 10:7, 15), for Jehovah deprived us of him, because of our not fearing God. What then (seeing God is against us) should a king be able to do for us, if we had one? As they rejected the heavenly King, they were deprived of their earthly king.10:1-8 A vine is only valuable for its fruit; but Israel now brought no fruit to perfection. Their hearts were divided. God is the Sovereign of the heart; he will have all, or none. Were the stream of the heart wholly after God, it would run strongly, and bear down all before it. Their pretences to covenant with God were false. Even the proceeding of justice was as poisonous hemlock. Alas, how empty a vine is the visible church even at this day! But all earthly prosperity is but a collection of bubbles, soon destroyed like foam upon the water. Sinners will in vain seek shelter from that Judge, whom they now despise as a Saviour.
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