Hosea 4:5
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New International Version
You stumble day and night, and the prophets stumble with you. So I will destroy your mother--

New Living Translation
So you will stumble in broad daylight, and your false prophets will fall with you in the night. And I will destroy Israel, your mother.

English Standard Version
You shall stumble by day; the prophet also shall stumble with you by night; and I will destroy your mother.

New American Standard Bible
So you will stumble by day, And the prophet also will stumble with you by night; And I will destroy your mother.

King James Bible
Therefore shalt thou fall in the day, and the prophet also shall fall with thee in the night, and I will destroy thy mother.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You will stumble by day; the prophet will also stumble with you by night. And I will destroy your mother.

International Standard Version
So you will stumble during the day, the prophet also will stumble with you at night, and I will destroy your mother.

NET Bible
You stumble day and night, and the false prophets stumble with you; You have destroyed your own people!

New Heart English Bible
You will stumble in the day, and the prophet will also stumble with you in the night; and I will destroy your mother.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
During the day you stumble, and during the night the prophets stumble with you. So I will destroy your mother, [the nation of Israel].

JPS Tanakh 1917
Therefore shalt thou stumble in the day, And the prophet also shall stumble with thee in the night; And I will destroy thy mother.

New American Standard 1977
So you will stumble by day,
            And the prophet also will stumble with you by night;
            And I will destroy your mother.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Therefore thou shalt fall in the day, and the prophet shall also fall with thee by night, and I will cut off thy mother.

King James 2000 Bible
Therefore shall you fall in the day, and the prophet also shall fall with you in the night, and I will destroy your mother.

American King James Version
Therefore shall you fall in the day, and the prophet also shall fall with you in the night, and I will destroy your mother.

American Standard Version
And thou shalt stumble in the day, and the prophet also shall stumble with thee in the night; and I will destroy thy mother.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And thou shalt fall to day, and the prophet also shall fall with thee: in the night I have made thy mother to be silent.

Darby Bible Translation
And thou shalt stumble by day; and the prophet also shall stumble with thee by night: and I will destroy thy mother.

English Revised Version
And thou shalt stumble in the day, and the prophet also shall stumble with thee in the night; and I will destroy thy mother.

Webster's Bible Translation
Therefore shalt thou fall in the day, and the prophet also shall fall with thee in the night, and I will destroy thy mother.

World English Bible
You will stumble in the day, and the prophet will also stumble with you in the night; and I will destroy your mother.

Young's Literal Translation
And thou hast stumbled in the day, And stumbled hath also a prophet with thee in the night, And I have cut off thy mother.
Study Bible
God's Charges against Israel
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. 6My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being My priest. Since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.…
Cross References
Jeremiah 8:12
"Were they ashamed because of the abomination they had done? They certainly were not ashamed, And they did not know how to blush; Therefore they shall fall among those who fall; At the time of their punishment they shall be brought down," Says the LORD.

Jeremiah 15:8
"Their widows will be more numerous before Me Than the sand of the seas; I will bring against them, against the mother of a young man, A destroyer at noonday; I will suddenly bring down on her Anguish and dismay.

Ezekiel 14:3
"Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their hearts and have put right before their faces the stumbling block of their iniquity. Should I be consulted by them at all?

Ezekiel 14:7
"For anyone of the house of Israel or of the immigrants who stay in Israel who separates himself from Me, sets up his idols in his heart, puts right before his face the stumbling block of his iniquity, and then comes to the prophet to inquire of Me for himself, I the LORD will be brought to answer him in My own person.

Hosea 2:2
"Contend with your mother, contend, For she is not my wife, and I am not her husband; And let her put away her harlotry from her face And her adultery from between her breasts,

Hosea 2:5
"For their mother has played the harlot; She who conceived them has acted shamefully. For she said, 'I will go after my lovers, Who give me my bread and my water, My wool and my flax, my oil and my drink.'

Hosea 5:5
Moreover, the pride of Israel testifies against him, And Israel and Ephraim stumble in their iniquity; Judah also has stumbled with them.
Treasury of Scripture

Therefore shall you fall in the day, and the prophet also shall fall with you in the night, and I will destroy your mother.

and the prophet.

Hosea 9:7,8 The days of visitation are come, the days of recompense are come; …

Isaiah 9:13-17 For the people turns not to him that smites them, neither do they …

Jeremiah 6:4,5,12-15 Prepare you war against her; arise, and let us go up at noon. Woe …

Jeremiah 8:10-12 Therefore will I give their wives to others, and their fields to …

Jeremiah 14:15,16 Therefore thus said the LORD concerning the prophets that prophesy …

Jeremiah 15:8 Their widows are increased to me above the sand of the seas…

Jeremiah 23:9 My heart within me is broken because of the prophets; all my bones …

Ezekiel 13:9-16 And my hand shall be on the prophets that see vanity, and that divine …

Ezekiel 14:8-10 And I will set my face against that man, and will make him a sign …

Micah 3:5-7 Thus said the LORD concerning the prophets that make my people err, …

Zechariah 11:8 Three shepherds also I cut off in one month; and my soul loathed …

Zechariah 13:2 And it shall come to pass in that day, said the LORD of hosts, that …

destroy. Heb. cut off. thy.

Hosea 2:2 Plead with your mother, plead: for she is not my wife, neither am …

Isaiah 50:1 Thus said the LORD, Where is the bill of your mother's divorce, whom …

Jeremiah 15:8 Their widows are increased to me above the sand of the seas…

Jeremiah 50:12 Your mother shall be sore confounded; she that bore you shall be …

Ezekiel 16:44,45 Behold, every one that uses proverbs shall use this proverb against …

Galatians 4:26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.

(5) The priest's function is discharged in the day, and the prophet dreams in the night. Both will totter to their fall.

Thy mother--i.e., thy nation.

Verse 5. - The parallelism of this verse is marked by the peculiarity of dividing between the two members what belongs to the sentence as one whole. Instead of saying that the people would fall (literally, stumble) in the day, and the prophet with them in the night, the meaning of the sentence, divested of its peculiar form of parallelism, is that people and prophet alike would fall together, at all times, both by day and by night, that is to say, there would be no time free from the coming calamities; and there would be no possibility of escape, either for the sinful people or their unfaithful priests; the darkness of the night would not hide them, the light of the day would not aid them; destruction was the doom of priests and people, inevitable and at all times. And I will destroy thy mother. Their mother was the whole nation as such - the kingdom of Israel. The expression is somewhat contemptuous, as though he said of the individual members that they were truly their mother's children - resembling her erewhile in sin and soon in sorrow.

(1) Though the verb דמה is seldom used in Qal to denote "likeness," Abarbanel, as quoted by Rosenmüller, translates, "I have been like thy mother," and explains of the people addressing priest and prophet as a mother reproving her petulant children in order to improve them. Besides the far-fetched nature of such a rendering, there is the formidable grammatical objection that, in the sense of "similitude," this verb requires to be constructed with le or el. so that it should be le immeka or el immeka. "This word, when derived from demuth, likewise has el with seghol after it; but without el, it has the meaning of destroy," is the statement of Aben Ezra. The LXX., assigning to the verb the sense of "similarity," renders the phrase by πυκτὶ ὀμοίωσα τὴν μητέρα σου, "I have compared thy mother to night."

(2) Jerome, connecting the verb with דוּם or דָמַם, understands it in the sense of "silence:" "I have made thy mother silent in the night; that is, "Israel is delivered up in the dark night of captivity, sorrow, and overwhelming distress." The Syriac likewise has: "And thy mother has become silent" (if shathketh be read). The Chaldee, though more periphrastic, brings out nearly the same sense: "I will overspread your assembly with stupefaction." To the same purport is the exposition of Rashi: "My people shall be stupefied as a man who sits and is overwhelmed with stupor, so that no answer is heard from his mouth." The meaning "destroy" is well supported by the cognate Arabic, and gives a good sense; thus Gesenius renders: "I destroy thy mother, that is, lay waste thy country." Rather, the nation, collectively, is the mother; while the members individually are the children. Nor shall private persons escape in the public catastrophe - root and branch are to perish. Kimchi's comment on דמיחי is: "I will cut off the whole congregation, so that no congregation shall remain in Israel; for they shall be scattered in the exile, the one here, the other there." Therefore shall thou fall in the day,.... Either, O ye people, everyone of you, being so refractory and incorrigible; or, O thou priest, being as bad as the people; for both, on account of their sins, should fall from their present prosperity and happiness into great evils and calamities; particularly into the hands of their enemies, and be carried captive into another land: and this should be "in the day", or "today" (r); immediately, quickly, in a very short time; or in the daytime, openly, publicly, in the sight of all, of all the nations round about, who shall rejoice at it; or in the day of prosperity, while things go well, amidst great plenty of all good things, and when such a fall was least expected:

and the prophet also shall fall with thee in the night: or the false prophets that are with you, as the Targum, and so Jarchi; either with you, O people, that dwell with you, teach you, and cause you to err; or with thee, O priest, being of the same family, as the prophets, many of them, were priests; now these should fall likewise into the same calamities, as it was but just they should, being the occasion of them: and this should be in the night; in the night of adversity and affliction, in the common calamity; or in the night of darkness, when they could not see at what they stumbled and fell, and so the more uncomfortable to them; or as the one falls in the day, the other falls in the night; as certainly as the one falls, so shall the other, and that very quickly, immediately, as the night follows the day:

and I will destroy thy mother; either Samaria, the metropolis of the nation; or the whole body of the people, the congregation, as the Targum, and Kimchi, and Ben Melech, being as a mother with respect to individuals; and are threatened with destruction because the corruption was general among prophets, priests, and people, and therefore none could hope to escape.

(r) "hodie", Munster, Montanus, Drusius, Tarnovius, Rivet; "hoc tempore", Pagninus. So Kimchi and Ben Melech. 5. fall in the day—in broad daylight, a time when an attack would not be expected (see on [1117]Jer 6:4, 5; [1118]Jer 15:8).

in … night—No time, night or day, shall be free from the slaughter of individuals of the people, as well as of the false prophets.

thy mother—the Israelitish state, of which the citizens are the children (Ho 2:2).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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