Hosea 4:4
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New International Version
"But let no one bring a charge, let no one accuse another, for your people are like those who bring charges against a priest.

New Living Translation
"Don't point your finger at someone else and try to pass the blame! My complaint, you priests, is with you.

English Standard Version
Yet let no one contend, and let none accuse, for with you is my contention, O priest.

New American Standard Bible
Yet let no one find fault, and let none offer reproof; For your people are like those who contend with the priest.

King James Bible
Yet let no man strive, nor reprove another: for thy people are as they that strive with the priest.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But let no one dispute; let no one argue, for My case is against you priests.

International Standard Version
"Let no one fight or bring charges against another, for my dispute is with you, priest.

NET Bible
Do not let anyone accuse or contend against anyone else: for my case is against you priests!

New Heart English Bible
"Yet let no man bring a charge, neither let any man accuse; For your people are like those who bring charges against a priest.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"No one should accuse other people or bring charges against them. My case is against you priests.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Yet let no man strive, neither let any man reprove; For thy people are as they that strive with the priest.

New American Standard 1977
Yet let no one find fault, and let none offer reproof;
            For your people are like those who contend with the priest.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Certainly man does not contend with nor reprehend man; for thy people are as those that resist the priest.

King James 2000 Bible
Yet let no man strive, nor reprove another: for your people are as they that strive with the priest.

American King James Version
Yet let no man strive, nor reprove another: for your people are as they that strive with the priest.

American Standard Version
Yet let no man strive, neither let any man reprove; for thy people are as they that strive with the priest.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But yet let not any man judge: and let not a man be rebuked: for thy people are as they that contradict the priest.

Darby Bible Translation
Yet let no man strive, and let no man reprove; for thy people are as they that strive with the priest.

English Revised Version
Yet let no man strive, neither let any man reprove; for thy people are as they that strive with the priest.

Webster's Bible Translation
Yet let no man contend, nor reprove another: for thy people are as they that contend with the priest.

World English Bible
"Yet let no man bring a charge, neither let any man accuse; For your people are like those who bring charges against a priest.

Young's Literal Translation
Only, let no one strive, nor reprove a man, And thy people are as those striving with a priest.
Study Bible
God's Charges against Israel
3Therefore the land mourns, And everyone who lives in it languishes Along with the beasts of the field and the birds of the sky, And also the fish of the sea disappear. 4Yet let no one find fault, and let none offer reproof; For your people are like those who contend with the priest. 5So you will stumble by day, And the prophet also will stumble with you by night; And I will destroy your mother.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 17:12
"The man who acts presumptuously by not listening to the priest who stands there to serve the LORD your God, nor to the judge, that man shall die; thus you shall purge the evil from Israel.

Ezekiel 3:26
"Moreover, I will make your tongue stick to the roof of your mouth so that you will be mute and cannot be a man who rebukes them, for they are a rebellious house.

Hosea 4:17
Ephraim is joined to idols; Let him alone.

Amos 5:10
They hate him who reproves in the gate, And they abhor him who speaks with integrity.

Amos 5:13
Therefore at such a time the prudent person keeps silent, for it is an evil time.
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Yet let no man strive, nor reprove another: for your people are as they that strive with the priest.

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Hosea 4:17 Ephraim is joined to idols: let him alone.

Amos 5:13 Therefore the prudent shall keep silence in that time; for it is an evil time.

Amos 6:10 And a man's uncle shall take him up, and he that burns him, to bring …

Matthew 7:3-6 And why behold you the mote that is in your brother's eye, but consider …

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Deuteronomy 17:12 And the man that will do presumptuously, and will not listen to the …

Jeremiah 18:18 Then said they, Come and let us devise devices against Jeremiah; …

(4) Yet let no man strive, nor reprove another.--Better, Nevertheless, let no one contend, let no one reprove, for the voices of wise counsel, the warnings of the prophet, will be silenced. Ephraim will in his obstinate wrong-doing be left alone. The last clause of the verse is rendered by nearly all versions and commentators, Though thy people are as those who contend with a priest--i.e., are as guilty as those who transgress the teaching of the Torah by defying the injunctions of the priest (Deuteronomy 17:12-13; Numbers 15:33). But the Speaker's Commentary gives a different rendering, which is better adapted to the denunciations of the priest in the following verses (comp. Hosea 6:9). By a slight change in the punctuation of the Hebrew we obtain the interpretation, "And thy people, O priest, are as my adversaries." The position of the vocative in Hebrew, and the absence of the article, are, no doubt, objections to such a construction, but they are not insuperable, and the compensating advantage to exegesis is manifest.

Yet, let no man strive, nor reprove another,.... Or rather, "let no man strive, nor any man reprove us" (q); and are either the words of the people, forbidding the prophet, or any other man, to contend with them, or reprove them for their sins, though guilty of so many, and their land in so much danger on that account: so the Targum,

"but yet they say, let not the scribe teach, nor the prophet reprove:''

or else they are the words of God to the prophet, restraining him from striving with and reproving such a people, that were incorrigible, and despised all reproof; see Ezekiel 3:26 or of the prophet to other good men, to forbear anything of this kind, since it was all to no purpose; it was but casting pearls before swine; it was all labour lost, and in vain:

for thy people are as they that strive with the priest; they are so far from receiving correction and reproof kindly from any good men that they will rise up against, and strive with the priests, to whom not to hearken was a capital crime, Deuteronomy 17:12. Abarbinel interprets it, and some in Abendana, like the company of Korah, that contended with Aaron; suggesting that this people were as impudent and wicked as they, and there was no dealing with them. So the Targum,

"but thy people contend with their teachers;''

and will submit to no correction, and therefore it is in vain to give it them. Though some think the sense is, that all sorts of men were so corrupt, that there were none fit to be reprovers; the people were like the priests, and the priests like the people, Hosea 4:9, so that when the priests reproved them, they contended with them, and said, physician, heal thyself; take the beam out of your own eye; look to yourselves, and your own sins, and do not reprove us.

(q) "et ne reprehendito quisquam, scil. nos", Schmidt. 4. let no man … reprove—Great as is the sin of Israel, it is hopeless to reprove them; for their presumptuous guilt is as great as that of one who refuses to obey the priest when giving judgment in the name of Jehovah, and who therefore is to be put to death (De 17:12). They rush on to their own destruction as wilfully as such a one.

thy people—the ten tribes of Israel; distinct from Judah (Ho 4:1).4:1-5 Hosea reproves for immorality, as well as idolatry. There was no truth, mercy, or knowledge of God in the land: it was full of murders, 2Ki 21:16. Therefore calamities were near, which would desolate the country. Our sins, as separate persons, as a family, as a neighbourhood, as a nation, cause the Lord to have a controversy with us; let us submit and humble ourselves before Him, that he may not go on to destroy.
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