Hosea 4:9
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New International Version
And it will be: Like people, like priests. I will punish both of them for their ways and repay them for their deeds.

New Living Translation
'And what the priests do, the people also do.' So now I will punish both priests and people for their wicked deeds.

English Standard Version
And it shall be like people, like priest; I will punish them for their ways and repay them for their deeds.

New American Standard Bible
And it will be, like people, like priest; So I will punish them for their ways And repay them for their deeds.

King James Bible
And there shall be, like people, like priest: and I will punish them for their ways, and reward them their doings.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The same judgment will happen to both people and priests. I will punish them for their ways and repay them for their deeds.

International Standard Version
So it will be: like people, like priest. I will punish them for their lifestyles, rewarding them according to their behavior.

NET Bible
I will deal with the people and priests together: I will punish them both for their ways, and I will repay them for their deeds.

New Heart English Bible
It will be, like people, like priest; and I will punish them for their ways, and will repay them for their deeds.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So the priests will be punished like the people. I will punish them for their wicked ways and pay them back for what they have done.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And it is like people, like priest; And I will punish him for his ways, And will recompense him his doings.

New American Standard 1977
And it will be, like people, like priest;
            So I will punish them for their ways,
            And repay them for their deeds.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The people shall become like the priest; and I will visit his ways upon him, and they shall reward him according to his doings.

King James 2000 Bible
And there shall be, like people, like priest: and I will punish them for their ways, and reward them for their deeds.

American King James Version
And there shall be, like people, like priest: and I will punish them for their ways, and reward them their doings.

American Standard Version
And it shall be, like people, like priest; and I will punish them for their ways, and will requite them their doings.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And there shall be like people like priest: and I will visit their ways upon them, and I will repay them their devices.

Darby Bible Translation
And it shall be as the people so the priest; and I will visit their ways upon them, and recompense to them their doings;

English Revised Version
And it shall be, like people, like priest: and I will punish them for their ways, and will reward them their doings.

Webster's Bible Translation
And there shall be, like people, like priest: and I will punish them for their ways, and reward them their doings.

World English Bible
It will be, like people, like priest; and I will punish them for their ways, and will repay them for their deeds.

Young's Literal Translation
And it hath been, like people, like priest, And I have charged on it its ways, And its habitual doings I return to it.
Study Bible
God's Charges against Israel
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. 10They will eat, but not have enough; They will play the harlot, but not increase, Because they have stopped giving heed to the LORD.…
Cross References
Proverbs 12:14
A man will be satisfied with good by the fruit of his words, And the deeds of a man's hands will return to him.

Isaiah 24:2
And the people will be like the priest, the servant like his master, the maid like her mistress, the buyer like the seller, the lender like the borrower, the creditor like the debtor.

Jeremiah 5:31
The prophets prophesy falsely, And the priests rule on their own authority; And My people love it so! But what will you do at the end of it?

Hosea 7:2
And they do not consider in their hearts That I remember all their wickedness. Now their deeds are all around them; They are before My face.

Hosea 8:13
As for My sacrificial gifts, They sacrifice the flesh and eat it, But the LORD has taken no delight in them. Now He will remember their iniquity, And punish them for their sins; They will return to Egypt.

Hosea 9:9
They have gone deep in depravity As in the days of Gibeah; He will remember their iniquity, He will punish their sins.

Hosea 9:15
All their evil is at Gilgal; Indeed, I came to hate them there! Because of the wickedness of their deeds I will drive them out of My house! I will love them no more; All their princes are rebels.

Hosea 10:10
When it is My desire, I will chastise them; And the peoples will be gathered against them When they are bound for their double guilt.

Hosea 12:2
The LORD also has a dispute with Judah, And will punish Jacob according to his ways; He will repay him according to his deeds.
Treasury of Scripture

And there shall be, like people, like priest: and I will punish them for their ways, and reward them their doings.

like people.

Isaiah 9:14-16 Therefore the LORD will cut off from Israel head and tail, branch …

Isaiah 24:2 And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest; as with …

Jeremiah 5:31 The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their …

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

Jeremiah 23:11,12 For both prophet and priest are profane; yes, in my house have I …

Ezekiel 22:26-31 Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned my holy things: …

Matthew 15:14 Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind …

punish. Heb. visit upon.

Hosea 1:4 And the LORD said to him, Call his name Jezreel; for yet a little …

reward them. Heb. cause to return.

Psalm 109:17,18 As he loved cursing, so let it come to him: as he delighted not in …

Proverbs 5:22 His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be …

Isaiah 3:10 Say you to the righteous, that it shall be well with him: for they …

Zechariah 1:6 But my words and my statutes, which I commanded my servants the prophets, …

(9, 10) As the people will be punished, so will the priest. The latter will not be saved by wealth or dignity. And I will visit upon him his ways (observe here the collective singular in the pronoun), and cause his doings to return upon him. The form of the punishment is to be noticed. The eating of the sin of the people shall leave them hungry, and their licentiousness shall leave them childless.

Verse 9. - Like people, like priest. As it had fared with the people who had sinned and had been punished, as is stated in the third and fifth verses; so shall it be with the priest or whole priestly order. He has involved himself in sin and punishment like the people, and that as the consequence of his extreme unfaithfulness; whereas by faithful dealing with the people and discharge of his duty he might have delivered his own soul, as stated by Ezekiel 33:9, "Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul." It is well explained by Kimchi as follows: "These two caphs of likeness are by way of abbreviation, and the explanation is - the people are like the priest and the priest is like the people. And the meaning is that, as the people and the priest are equal with respect to sin, so shall they be equal in relation to punishment." And I will visit upon his ways, and his doings I will bring back to him. The retribution here threatened includes the whole priestly order, not people and priest as one man, according to Pusey, who, however, makes the following excellent comment on מעלליו: "The word rendered doings signifies great doings when used of God, bold doings on the part of man. These bold presumptuous doings against the Law and will of God, God will bring back to the sinner's bosom," or rather, down overwhelmingly upon his head. The singular individualizes; so both Aben Ezra and Kimchi: "Upon every one of them." And there shall be, like people, like priest,.... No difference between them in their festivals, the one being as greedy of committing intemperance and uncleanness as the other, and in their common conversation of life; though the priests ought both to have given good instructions, and to have set good examples; but instead of that were equally guilty as the people, and so would be alike in their punishment, as it follows:

and I will punish them for their ways; their evil ways, as the Targum; their wicked manner of life and conversation, both of the people and the priests; especially the latter are meant: or, "I will visit upon him his ways" (w); upon everyone of the priests, as well as the people; which visit must be understood in a way of wrath and vengeance:

and reward them their doings; reward them according to their doings, as their sins deserve, and as it is explained in the next verse: or, "I will return their doings to them" (x); bring them back again, when they seemed to be past and gone, and set them before them, and charge them with them, and punish for them.

(w) "et visitabo super eum vias ejus", V. L. Pagninus, Montanus, Cocceius, Schmidt. (x) "et opera ejus redire faciam", Zanchius. 9. like people, like priest—They are one in guilt; therefore they shall be one in punishment (Isa 24:2).

reward them their doings—in homely phrase, "pay them back in their own coin" (Pr 1:31).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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