Hosea 14:9
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New International Version
Who is wise? Let them realize these things. Who is discerning? Let them understand. The ways of the LORD are right; the righteous walk in them, but the rebellious stumble in them.

New Living Translation
Let those who are wise understand these things. Let those with discernment listen carefully. The paths of the LORD are true and right, and righteous people live by walking in them. But in those paths sinners stumble and fall.

English Standard Version
Whoever is wise, let him understand these things; whoever is discerning, let him know them; for the ways of the LORD are right, and the upright walk in them, but transgressors stumble in them.

New American Standard Bible
Whoever is wise, let him understand these things; Whoever is discerning, let him know them. For the ways of the LORD are right, And the righteous will walk in them, But transgressors will stumble in them.

King James Bible
Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? prudent, and he shall know them? for the ways of the LORD are right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall therein.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Let whoever is wise understand these things, and whoever is insightful recognize them. For the ways of the LORD are right, and the righteous walk in them, but the rebellious stumble in them.

International Standard Version
Whoever is wise, let him understand these things. Whoever is discerning, let him know them. For the ways of the LORD are right: the righteous follow his example, but the rebellious stumble in them.

NET Bible
Who is wise? Let him discern these things! Who is discerning? Let him understand them! For the ways of the LORD are right; the godly walk in them, but in them the rebellious stumble.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Wise people will understand these things. A person with insight will recognize them. The LORD's ways are right. Righteous people live by them. Rebellious people stumble over them.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Who is wise that he might understand this? and prudent that he might know this? for the ways of the LORD are right, and the just shall walk in them; but the rebellious shall fall therein.

King James 2000 Bible
Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? prudent, and he shall know them? for the ways of the LORD are right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall stumble in them.

American King James Version
Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? prudent, and he shall know them? for the ways of the LORD are right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall therein.

American Standard Version
Who is wise, that he may understand these things? prudent, that he may know them? for the ways of Jehovah are right, and the just shall walk in them; but transgressors shall fall therein.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? prudent, and he shall know these things? for the ways of the Lord are right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall in them.

Darby Bible Translation
Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? intelligent, and he shall know them? For the ways of Jehovah are right, and the just shall walk in them; but the transgressors shall fall therein.

English Revised Version
Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? prudent, and he shall know them? for the ways of the LORD are right, and the just shall walk in them; but transgressors shall fall therein.

Webster's Bible Translation
Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? prudent, and he shall know them? for the ways of the LORD are right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall in them.

World English Bible
Who is wise, that he may understand these things? Who is prudent, that he may know them? For the ways of Yahweh are right, and the righteous walk in them; But the rebellious stumble in them.

Young's Literal Translation
Who is wise, and doth understand these? Prudent, and knoweth them? For upright are the ways of Jehovah, And the righteous go on in them, And the transgressors stumble therein!
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

14:9 Who profit by the truths the prophet delivered? Such as set themselves to understand and know these things. The ways of God's providence towards us are right; all is well done. Christ is a Foundation Stone to some, to others a Stone of stumbling, and a Rock of offence. That which was ordained to life, becomes, through their abuse of it, death to them. The same sun softens wax and hardens clay. But those transgressors certainly have the most dangerous, fatal falls, who fall in the ways of God, who split on the Rock of Ages, and suck poison out of the Balm of Gilead. Let sinners in Zion fear this. May we learn to walk in the right ways of God, as his righteous servants, and may none of us be disobedient and unbelieving, and stumble at the word.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 9. - Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? prudent, and he shall know them? for the ways of the Lord are right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall far therein. This verse demands attention to all the prophet has written, whether for warning, or reproof, or correction in righteousness, or encouragement to piety and virtue, and evidently alludes to Deuteronomy 32:4. The ways of the Lord are those he prescribes for them to walk in, as also the ways he takes in guiding, guarding, and governing men. Like the dictates of the Word, so the dispensations of his providence are to some the savor of life, to others the savor of death; therefore it is added that, while the righteous walk therein, the wicked stumble in them (comp. Deuteronomy 30:19, 20).





Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? prudent,

and he shall know them?.... Contained in this book, and particularly in this chapter; which expresses so much of the goodness of God and grace of Christ to Israel; though it may be applied to the whole Scripture, and to all the mysteries and doctrines of the Gospel, respecting Christ and his grace; and be a recommendation of these to the consideration of every wise and prudent man; where he will find enough to exercise his wisdom and understanding; though he need not be discouraged in his search and inquiry into them. It suggests as if there were but few such wise persons, and that they are the only wise men that do know and understand these things; and all others are but fools, let them be thought as wise as they will:

for the ways of the Lord are right; straight, plain, even, according to the rules of, justice and equity; there is no unrighteousness in them; none in the ways in which he himself walks; either in his ways and methods of grace, his decrees and purposes, his counsels and covenant; or in his providential dispensations; nor in those he directs others to walk in, the paths of faith and doctrine; or the ways of his commandments:

and the just shall walk in them; such as are, justified by the righteousness of Christ, and have ills grace wrought in them, and live righteously; these walk, and continue to walk, in the ways of God; which shows that the doctrine of justification by Christ's implored righteousness is no licentious doctrine:

but the transgressors shall fall therein; the transgressors of the law of God, not being used to his ways, as Kimchi's father observes, stumble in them and fall; or rather, as Jarchi and the Targum, they fall into hell, into ruin and destruction, because they walk not in them; though the sense seems to be, that as Christ himself, so his ways and his word, his doctrines and his ordinances, are stumbling blocks to wicked men, at which they stumble, and fall, and perish; see Luke 2:34 Romans 9:33.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

9. Epilogue, summing up the whole previous teaching. Here alone Hosea uses the term "righteous," so rare were such characters in his day. There is enough of saving truth clear in God's Word to guide those humbly seeking salvation, and enough of difficulties to confound those who curiously seek them out, rather than practically seek salvation.

fall—stumble and are offended at difficulties opposed to their prejudices and lusts, or above their self-wise understanding (compare Pr 10:29; Mic 2:7; Mt 11:19; Lu 2:34; Joh 7:17; 1Pe 2:7, 8). To him who sincerely seeks the agenda, God will make plain the credenda. Christ is the foundation-stone to some: a stone of stumbling and rock of offense to others. The same sun softens wax and hardens clay. But their fall is the most fatal who fall in the ways of God, split on the Rock of ages, and suck poison out of the Balm of Gilead.

Hosea 14:9 Additional Commentaries
Context
A Promise of God's Blessing
8O Ephraim, what more have I to do with idols? It is I who answer and look after you. I am like a luxuriant cypress; From Me comes your fruit. 9Whoever is wise, let him understand these things; Whoever is discerning, let him know them. For the ways of the LORD are right, And the righteous will walk in them, But transgressors will stumble in them.
Cross References
Acts 13:10
"You are a child of the devil and an enemy of everything that is right! You are full of all kinds of deceit and trickery. Will you never stop perverting the right ways of the Lord?

Revelation 15:3
and sang the song of God's servant Moses and of the Lamb: "Great and marvelous are your deeds, Lord God Almighty. Just and true are your ways, King of the nations.

Psalm 107:43
Let the one who is wise heed these things and ponder the loving deeds of the LORD.

Psalm 111:7
The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy.

Psalm 111:8
They are established for ever and ever, enacted in faithfulness and uprightness.

Proverbs 10:29
The way of the LORD is a refuge for the blameless, but it is the ruin of those who do evil.

Proverbs 16:21
The wise in heart are called discerning, and gracious words promote instruction.

Isaiah 1:28
But rebels and sinners will both be broken, and those who forsake the LORD will perish.

Isaiah 26:7
The path of the righteous is level; you, the Upright One, make the way of the righteous smooth.

Jeremiah 9:12
Who is wise enough to understand this? Who has been instructed by the LORD and can explain it? Why has the land been ruined and laid waste like a desert that no one can cross?

Daniel 12:10
Many will be purified, made spotless and refined, but the wicked will continue to be wicked. None of the wicked will understand, but those who are wise will understand.

Zephaniah 3:5
The LORD within her is righteous; he does no wrong. Morning by morning he dispenses his justice, and every new day he does not fail, yet the unrighteous know no shame.
Treasury of Scripture

Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? prudent, and he shall know them? for the ways of the LORD are right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall therein.

wise.

Psalm 107:43 Whoever is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand …

Proverbs 1:5,6 A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding …

Proverbs 4:18 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shines more …

Jeremiah 9:12 Who is the wise man, that may understand this? and who is he to whom …

Daniel 12:10 Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked …

Matthew 13:11,12 He answered and said to them, Because it is given to you to know …

John 8:47 He that is of God hears God's words: you therefore hear them not, …

John 18:37 Pilate therefore said to him, Are you a king then? Jesus answered, …

for.

Genesis 18:25 That be far from you to do after this manner, to slay the righteous …

Deuteronomy 32:4 He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: …

Job 34:10-12,18,19 Therefore listen to me you men of understanding: far be it from God, …

Psalm 19:7,8 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony …

Psalm 119:75,128 I know, O LORD, that your judgments are right, and that you in faithfulness …

Ezekiel 18:25 Yet you say, The way of the LORD is not equal. Hear now, O house …

Ezekiel 33:17-20 Yet the children of your people say, The way of the Lord is not equal: …

Zephaniah 3:5 The just LORD is in the middle thereof; he will not do iniquity: …

Romans 7:12 Why the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.

and the.

Job 17:9 The righteous also shall hold on his way, and he that has clean hands …

Psalm 84:5,7 Blessed is the man whose strength is in you; in whose heart are the …

Proverbs 10:29 The way of the LORD is strength to the upright: but destruction shall …

Isaiah 8:13-15 Sanctify the LORD of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and …

Matthew 11:19 The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man …

but.

Luke 2:34 And Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary his mother, Behold, this …

Luke 4:28,29 And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were …

Luke 7:23 And blessed is he, whoever shall not be offended in me.

John 3:19,20 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, …

John 9:39 And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they …

John 15:24 If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, …

Romans 9:32,33 Why? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works …

2 Corinthians 2:15,16 For we are to God a sweet smell of Christ, in them that are saved, …

2 Thessalonians 2:9-12 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power …

1 Peter 2:7,8 To you therefore which believe he is precious: but to them which …

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