Hosea 7:3
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New International Version
"They delight the king with their wickedness, the princes with their lies.

New Living Translation
"The people entertain the king with their wickedness, and the princes laugh at their lies.

English Standard Version
By their evil they make the king glad, and the princes by their treachery.

New American Standard Bible
With their wickedness they make the king glad, And the princes with their lies.

King James Bible
They make the king glad with their wickedness, and the princes with their lies.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They please the king with their evil, the princes with their lies.

International Standard Version
They please the king with their evil, and the princes with their dishonesty.

NET Bible
The royal advisers delight the king with their evil schemes, the princes make him glad with their lies.

New Heart English Bible
They make the king glad with their wickedness, and the princes with their lies.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"They make kings happy with the wicked things they do. They make officials happy with the lies they tell.

JPS Tanakh 1917
They make the king glad with their wickedness, And the princes with their lies.

New American Standard 1977
With their wickedness they make the king glad,
            And the princes with their lies.

Jubilee Bible 2000
They make the king glad with their wickedness and the princes with their lies.

King James 2000 Bible
They make the king glad with their wickedness, and the princes with their lies.

American King James Version
They make the king glad with their wickedness, and the princes with their lies.

American Standard Version
They make the king glad with their wickedness, and the princes with their lies.

Douay-Rheims Bible
They have made the king glad with their wickedness: and the princes with their lies.

Darby Bible Translation
They make the king glad with their wickedness, and the princes with their lies.

English Revised Version
They make the king glad with their wickedness, and the princes with their lies.

Webster's Bible Translation
They make the king glad with their wickedness, and the princes with their lies.

World English Bible
They make the king glad with their wickedness, and the princes with their lies.

Young's Literal Translation
With their wickedness they make glad a king, And with their lies -- princes.
Study Bible
Ephraim's Iniquity
2And 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. 3With their wickedness they make the king glad, And the princes with their lies. 4They are all adulterers, Like an oven heated by the baker Who ceases to stir up the fire From the kneading of the dough until it is leavened.…
Cross References
Romans 1:32
Although they know God's righteous decree that those who do such things are worthy of death, they not only continue to do these things, but also approve of those who practice them.

Jeremiah 28:1
Now in the same year, in the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah, in the fourth year, in the fifth month, Hananiah the son of Azzur, the prophet, who was from Gibeon, spoke to me in the house of the LORD in the presence of the priests and all the people, saying,

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

Hosea 7:5
On the day of our king, the princes became sick with the heat of wine; He stretched out his hand with scoffers,

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 11:12
Ephraim surrounds Me with lies And the house of Israel with deceit; Judah is also unruly against God, Even against the Holy One who is faithful.

Micah 7:3
Concerning evil, both hands do it well. The prince asks, also the judge, for a bribe, And a great man speaks the desire of his soul; So they weave it together.
Treasury of Scripture

They make the king glad with their wickedness, and the princes with their lies.

Hosea 5:11 Ephraim is oppressed and broken in judgment, because he willingly …

1 Kings 22:6,13 Then the king of Israel gathered the prophets together, about four …

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

Jeremiah 9:2 Oh that I had in the wilderness a lodging place of wayfaring men; …

Jeremiah 28:1-4 And it came to pass the same year, in the beginning of the reign …

Jeremiah 37:19 Where are now your prophets which prophesied to you, saying, The …

Amos 7:10-13 Then Amaziah the priest of Bethel sent to Jeroboam king of Israel, saying…

Micah 6:16 For the statutes of Omri are kept, and all the works of the house …

Micah 7:3 That they may do evil with both hands earnestly, the prince asks, …

Romans 1:32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things …

1 John 4:5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the …

(3) Glad.--The evil awakens no alarm, but rather sympathy and gladness, in the breasts of their kings and rulers, who are ready to follow suit in all deeds of violence.

Verse 3. - They make the king glad with their wickedness, and the princes with their lies. The moral corruption and depravity of Israel were extreme and universal. They reached from the rabble to royalty, from the common people to the princes of the court. The king and princes were in full accord with fellows of the basest sort, taking pleasure in their wickedness trod applauding their lies.

(1) Rosenmüller quotes the explanation of Abarbanel to the following purport: "He (the prophet) means to say that the violent men of that ago were accustomed to narrate their atrocities to their kings, that the latter might thence derive entertainment." It is much the same whether the king and princes of that time took pleasure in the villanies which were perpetrated, or in the narratives of those villanies to which they listened,

(2) A somewhat different rendering, and consequently different exposition, have much to recommend them: "In their wickedness they make the king merry, and in their feigning the princes;" their wickedness was their diabolical design to assassinate king and princes; with this object in view they make the king merry with wine so that he might fall an easy and unsuspecting victim; their feigning was their fell purpose of assassination under the profession of friendship. Such was the desperate treachery of those miscreant conspirators. This view tallies well with the context. They make the king glad with their wickedness,.... Not any particular king; not Jeroboam the first, as Kimchi; nor Jehu, as Grotius; if any particular king, rather Jeroboam the second; but their kings in general, as the Septuagint render it, in succession, one after another; who were highly delighted and pleased with the priests in offering sacrifice to the calves, and with the people in attending to that idolatrous worship, by which they hoped to secure the kingdom of Israel to themselves, and prevent the people going to Jerusalem to worship: it made them glad to the heart to hear them say that God was as well pleased with sacrifices offered at Dan and Bethel, as at Jerusalem:

and the princes with their lies; with their idols and idolatrous practices, which are vanity and a lie; though some interpret this of their flatteries, either of them, or their favourites; and of their calumnies and detractions of such they had a dislike of. 3. Their princes, instead of checking, "have pleasure in them that do" such crimes (Ro 1:32).7:1-7 A practical disbelief of God's government was at the bottom of all israel's wickedness; as if God could not see it or did not heed it. Their sins appear on every side of them. Their hearts were inflamed by evil desires, like a heated oven. In the midst of their troubles as a nation, the people never thought of seeking help from God. The actual wickedness of men's lives bears a very small proportion to what is in their hearts. But when lust is inwardly cherished, it will break forth into outward sin. Those who tempt others to drunkenness never can be their real friends, and often design their ruin. Thus men execute the Divine vengeance on each other. Those are not only heated with sin, but hardened in sin, who continue to live without prayer, even when in trouble and distress.
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