Hosea 6:9
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New International Version
As marauders lie in ambush for a victim, so do bands of priests; they murder on the road to Shechem, carrying out their wicked schemes.

New Living Translation
Priests form bands of robbers, waiting in ambush for their victims. They murder travelers along the road to Shechem and practice every kind of sin.

English Standard Version
As robbers lie in wait for a man, so the priests band together; they murder on the way to Shechem; they commit villainy.

New American Standard Bible
And as raiders wait for a man, So a band of priests murder on the way to Shechem; Surely they have committed crime.

King James Bible
And as troops of robbers wait for a man, so the company of priests murder in the way by consent: for they commit lewdness.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Like raiders who wait in ambush for someone, a band of priests murders on the road to Shechem. They commit atrocities.

International Standard Version
Like a gang of thieves that stalk a man, priests commit murder along the road to Shechem, committing shameful crimes.

NET Bible
The company of priests is like a gang of robbers, lying in ambush to pounce on a victim. They commit murder on the road to Shechem; they have done heinous crimes!

New Heart English Bible
As gangs of robbers wait to ambush a man, so the company of priests murder in the way toward Shechem, committing shameful crimes.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The priests are like gangs of robbers who lie in ambush for a person. They murder on the road to Shechem. Certainly, they have committed a crime.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And as troops of robbers wait for a man, So doth the company of priests; They murder in the way toward Shechem; Yea, they commit enormity.

New American Standard 1977
And as raiders wait for a man,
            So a band of priests murder on the way to Shechem;
            Surely they have committed crime.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And as troops of robbers wait for a man, so the council of priests murder in the way by common accord; for they put the abomination into effect.

King James 2000 Bible
And as bands of robbers wait for a man, so the company of priests murder in the way by consent: for they commit lewdness.

American King James Version
And as troops of robbers wait for a man, so the company of priests murder in the way by consent: for they commit lewdness.

American Standard Version
And as troops of robbers wait for a man, so the company of priests murder in the way toward Shechem; yea, they have committed lewdness.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And like the jaws of highway robbers, they conspire with the priests who murder in the way those that pass out Sichem: for they have wrought wickedness.

Darby Bible Translation
And as troops of robbers lie in wait for a man, so the company of priests murder in the way of Shechem; yea, they commit lewdness.

English Revised Version
And as troops of robbers wait for a man, so the company of priests murder in the way toward Shechem; yea, they have committed lewdness.

Webster's Bible Translation
And as troops of robbers wait for a man, so the company of priests murder in the way by consent: for they commit lewdness.

World English Bible
As gangs of robbers wait to ambush a man, so the company of priests murder in the way toward Shechem, committing shameful crimes.

Young's Literal Translation
And as bands do wait for a man, A company of priests do murder -- the way to Shechem, For wickedness they have done.
Study Bible
Israel and Judah are Unrepentant
8Gilead is a city of wrongdoers, Tracked with bloody footprints. 9And as raiders wait for a man, So a band of priests murder on the way to Shechem; Surely they have committed crime. 10In the house of Israel I have seen a horrible thing; Ephraim's harlotry is there, Israel has defiled itself.…
Cross References
Jeremiah 7:9
"Will you steal, murder, and commit adultery and swear falsely, and offer sacrifices to Baal and walk after other gods that you have not known,

Jeremiah 7:10
then come and stand before Me in this house, which is called by My name, and say, 'We are delivered!'-- that you may do all these abominations?

Jeremiah 11:9
Then the LORD said to me, "A conspiracy has been found among the men of Judah and among the inhabitants of Jerusalem.

Ezekiel 22:9
"Slanderous men have been in you for the purpose of shedding blood, and in you they have eaten at the mountain shrines. In your midst they have committed acts of lewdness.

Ezekiel 22:25
"There is a conspiracy of her prophets in her midst like a roaring lion tearing the prey. They have devoured lives; they have taken treasure and precious things; they have made many widows in the midst of her.

Ezekiel 23:27
Thus I will make your lewdness and your harlotry brought from the land of Egypt to cease from you, so that you will not lift up your eyes to them or remember Egypt anymore.'

Hosea 2:10
"And then I will uncover her lewdness In the sight of her lovers, And no one will rescue her out of My hand.

Hosea 4:2
There is swearing, deception, murder, stealing and adultery. They employ violence, so that bloodshed follows bloodshed.

Hosea 5:2
The revolters have gone deep in depravity, But I will chastise all of them.

Hosea 7:1
When I would heal Israel, The iniquity of Ephraim is uncovered, And the evil deeds of Samaria, For they deal falsely; The thief enters in, Bandits raid outside,
Treasury of Scripture

And as troops of robbers wait for a man, so the company of priests murder in the way by consent: for they commit lewdness.

as troops.

Hosea 7:1 When I would have healed Israel, then the iniquity of Ephraim was …

Ezra 8:31 Then we departed from the river of Ahava on the twelfth day of the …

Job 1:15-17 And the Sabeans fell on them, and took them away; yes, they have …

Proverbs 1:11-19 If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk …

so.

Hosea 5:1 Hear you this, O priests; and listen, you house of Israel; and give …

Jeremiah 11:9 And the LORD said to me, A conspiracy is found among the men of Judah, …

Ezekiel 22:27 Her princes in the middle thereof are like wolves ravening the prey, …

Micah 3:9 Hear this, I pray you, you heads of the house of Jacob, and princes …

Zephaniah 3:3 Her princes within her are roaring lions; her judges are evening …

Mark 14:1 After two days was the feast of the passover, and of unleavened bread…

Luke 22:2-6 And the chief priests and scribes sought how they might kill him; …

John 11:47 Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and …

Acts 4:24 And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with …

by consent. Heb. with one shoulder, or, to Shechem.

1 Kings 12:25 Then Jeroboam built Shechem in mount Ephraim, and dwelled therein; …

lewdness. or, enormity.

(9) Should be rendered, As a robber lies in wait, so the company of priests murder on the road to Shechem; yea, they execute the plot. Shechem, charged with historic interest (Genesis to Judges), is also a city of refuge, a Levitical city, on the road to Bethel, where the priests of the calves resided. (Comp. Hosea 5:1.)

And as troops of robbers wait for a man,.... As a gang of highwaymen or footpads lie in wait in a ditch, or under a hedge, or in a cave of a rock or mountain, for a man they know will come by that way, who is full of money, in order to rob him; or, as Saadiah interprets it, as fishermen stand upon the banks of a river, and cast in their hooks to draw out the fish; and to the same purpose is Jarchi's note from R. Meir:

so the company of priests murder in the way by consent; not only encourage murderers, and commit murders within the city, but go out in a body together upon the highway, and there commit murders and robberies, and divide the spoil among them; all which they did unanimously, and were well agreed, being brethren in iniquity, as well as in office: or, "in the way of Shechem" (e); as good people passed by Gilead to Shechem, and so to Jerusalem, to worship there at the solemn feasts, they lay in wait for them, and murdered them; because they did not give into the idolatrous worship of the calves at Dan and Bethel: or, "in the manner of Shechem" (f); that is, they murdered men in a deceitful treacherous manner, as the Shechemites were murdered by Simeon and Levi: Joseph Kimchi interprets this of the princes and great men, so the word "cohanim" is sometimes used; but the context seems to carry it to the priests:

for they commit lewdness; or "enormity"; the most enormous crimes, and that purposely, with deliberation devising and contriving them.

(e) "Sichemam versus", Gussetius, Schmidt; approved by Reinbeck. De Accent. Heb. p. 442. "qua itur Sichem", Tigurine version; "qua via ad Shechemum factum occidunt", Junius & Tremellius; "quae ducit ad Sichermum", Piscator. So Abendana. (f) "Sicemice", so some in Drusius. 9. company—"association" or guild of priests.

murder by consent—literally, "with one shoulder" (compare Zep 3:9, Margin). The image is from oxen putting their shoulders together to pull the same yoke [Rivetus]. Maurer translates, "in the way towards Shechem." It was a city of refuge between Ebal and Gerizim; on Mount Ephraim (Jos 20:7; 21:21), long the civil capital of Ephraim, as Shiloh was the religious capital; now called Naploos; for a time the residence of Jeroboam (1Ki 12:25). The priests there became so corrupted that they waylaid and murdered persons fleeing to the asylum for refuge [Henderson]; the sanctity of the place enhanced the guilt of the priests who abused their priestly privileges, and the right of asylum to perpetrate murders themselves, or to screen those committed by others [Maurer].

commit lewdness—deliberate crime, presumptuous wickedness, from an Arabic root, "to form a deliberate purpose."6:4-11 Sometimes Israel and Judah seemed disposed to repent under their sufferings, but their goodness vanished like the empty morning cloud, and the early dew, and they were as vile as ever. Therefore the Lord sent awful messages by the prophets. The word of God will be the death either of the sin or of the sinner. God desired mercy rather than sacrifice, and that knowledge of him which produces holy fear and love. This exposes the folly of those who trust in outward observances, to make up for their want of love to God and man. As Adam broke the covenant of God in paradise, so Israel had broken his national covenant, notwithstanding all the favours they received. Judah also was ripe for Divine judgments. May the Lord put his fear into our hearts, and set up his kingdom within us, and never leave us to ourselves, nor suffer us to be overcome by temptation.
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