Hosea 4:8
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New International Version
They feed on the sins of my people and relish their wickedness.

New Living Translation
"When the people bring their sin offerings, the priests get fed. So the priests are glad when the people sin!

English Standard Version
They feed on the sin of my people; they are greedy for their iniquity.

New American Standard Bible
They feed on the sin of My people And direct their desire toward their iniquity.

King James Bible
They eat up the sin of my people, and they set their heart on their iniquity.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They feed on the sin of My people; they have an appetite for their transgressions.

International Standard Version
They feed on the sin of my people; they purpose in their heart to transgress.

NET Bible
They feed on the sin offerings of my people; their appetites long for their iniquity!

New Heart English Bible
They feed on the sin of my people, and set their heart on their iniquity.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They feed on the sins of my people, and they want them to do wicked things.

JPS Tanakh 1917
They feed on the sin of My people, And set their heart on their iniquity.

New American Standard 1977
They feed on the sin of My people,
            And direct their desire toward their iniquity.

Jubilee Bible 2000
They eat up the sin of my people, and in their iniquity they raise up their soul.

King James 2000 Bible
They eat up the sin of my people, and they set their heart on their iniquity.

American King James Version
They eat up the sin of my people, and they set their heart on their iniquity.

American Standard Version
They feed on the sin of my people, and set their heart on their iniquity.

Douay-Rheims Bible
They shall eat the sins of my people, and shall lift up their souls to their iniquity.

Darby Bible Translation
They eat the sin of my people, and their soul longeth for their iniquity.

English Revised Version
They feed on the sin of my people, and set their heart on their iniquity.

Webster's Bible Translation
They eat up the sin of my people, and they set their heart on their iniquity.

World English Bible
They feed on the sin of my people, and set their heart on their iniquity.

Young's Literal Translation
The sin of My people they do eat, And unto their iniquity lift up their soul.
Study Bible
God's Charges against Israel
7The more they multiplied, the more they sinned against Me; I will change their glory into shame. 8They feed on the sin of My people And direct their desire toward their iniquity. 9And it will be, like people, like priest; So I will punish them for their ways And repay them for their deeds.…
Cross References
Isaiah 56:11
And the dogs are greedy, they are not satisfied. And they are shepherds who have no understanding; They have all turned to their own way, Each one to his unjust gain, to the last one.

Hosea 10:13
You have plowed wickedness, you have reaped injustice, You have eaten the fruit of lies. Because you have trusted in your way, in your numerous warriors,

Hosea 12:8
And Ephraim said, "Surely I have become rich, I have found wealth for myself; In all my labors they will find in me No iniquity, which would be sin."

Hosea 14:1
Return, O Israel, to the LORD your God, For you have stumbled because of your iniquity.

Micah 3:11
Her leaders pronounce judgment for a bribe, Her priests instruct for a price And her prophets divine for money. Yet they lean on the LORD saying, "Is not the LORD in our midst? Calamity will not come upon us."
Treasury of Scripture

They eat up the sin of my people, and they set their heart on their iniquity.

eat.

Leviticus 6:26 The priest that offers it for sin shall eat it: in the holy place …

Leviticus 7:6,7 Every male among the priests shall eat thereof: it shall be eaten …

set their heart on their iniquity. Heb. lift up their soul to their iniquity.

1 Samuel 2:29 Why kick you at my sacrifice and at my offering, which I have commanded …

Psalm 24:4 He that has clean hands, and a pure heart; who has not lifted up …

Psalm 25:1 To you, O LORD, do I lift up my soul.

Isaiah 56:11 Yes, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are …

Ezekiel 14:3,7 Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their heart, and …

Micah 3:11 The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach …

Malachi 1:10 Who is there even among you that would shut the doors for nothing? …

Romans 16:18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly…

Titus 1:11 Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching …

2 Peter 2:3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise …

They eat up the sin of my people,.... That is, the priests did so, as the Targum, the priests of Jeroboam; they ate up the sacrifices which the people brought for their sins: and their fault was, either that they ate that which belonged to the true priests of the Lord, so Jarchi; or they did that, and had no concern to instruct the people in the right way; all that they regarded were good eating and drinking, and living voluptuously; and were altogether careless about instructing the people in the nature of sacrifices, and in the way of their duty: or this may regard the Bacchanalian feasts, as some think, which the people made in the temples of idols, and so sinned; and of which the priests greatly partook, and encouraged them in, and so were partakers not only of their banquets, but of their sins.

They set their heart on their iniquity: either their offerings for their iniquity, or their iniquity itself: or, "lift up their soul" (u) to it; diligently looking after it, not caring how much they committed; since the more sin offerings would be brought which would be to their advantage. Though some think the sin of whoredom, frequently and impudently committed at these idol feasts, is meant, which the priests were much addicted to, and very greedy of; they committed cleanness with greediness, Ephesians 4:19.

(u) "et ad iniquitatem eorum levaverunt animam suam", Montanus, Pagninus, Tigurine version; "attollunt", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator; "et ad iniquitatem eorum tollunt anumam suam", Schmidt. 8. eat … sin of my people—that is, the sin offerings (Le 6:26; 10:17). The priests greedily devoured them.

set their heart on their iniquity—literally, "lift up the animal soul to lust after," or strongly desire. Compare De 24:15, Margin; Ps 24:4; Jer 22:27. The priests set their own hearts on the iniquity of the people, instead of trying to suppress it. For the more the people sinned, the more sacrificial victims in atonement for sin the priests gained.4:6-11 Both priests and people rejected knowledge; God will justly reject them. They forgot the law of God, neither desired nor endeavoured to retain it in mind, and to transmit the remembrance to their posterity; therefore God will justly forget them and their children. If we dishonour God with that which is our honour, it will, sooner or later, be turned into shame to us. Instead of warning the people against sin, from the consideration of the sacrifices, which showed what an offence sin was to God, since it needed an atonement, the priests encouraged the people to sin, since atonement might be made at so small an expense. It is very wicked to be pleased with the sins of others, because they may turn to our advantage. What is unlawfully gained, cannot be comfortably used. The people and the priests hardened one another in sin; therefore justly shall they share in the punishment. Sharers in sin must expect to share in ruin. Any lust harboured in the heart, in time will eat out all its strength and vigour. That is the reason why many professors grow so heavy, so dull, so dead in the way of religion. They have a liking for some secret lust, which takes away their hearts.
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