Hosea 8:12
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New International Version
I wrote for them the many things of my law, but they regarded them as something foreign.

New Living Translation
Even though I gave them all my laws, they act as if those laws don't apply to them.

English Standard Version
Were I to write for him my laws by the ten thousands, they would be regarded as a strange thing.

New American Standard Bible
Though I wrote for him ten thousand precepts of My law, They are regarded as a strange thing.

King James Bible
I have written to him the great things of my law, but they were counted as a strange thing.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Though I were to write out for him ten thousand points of My instruction, they would be regarded as something strange.

International Standard Version
I prescribed great things from my Law for them, but they considered them profane.

NET Bible
I spelled out my law for him in great detail, but they regard it as something totally unknown to them!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I have written many things for them in my teachings, but they consider these things strange and foreign.

Jubilee Bible 2000
I have written to him the great things of my law, but they were counted as strange things.

King James 2000 Bible
I have written to him the great things of my law, but they were counted as a strange thing.

American King James Version
I have written to him the great things of my law, but they were counted as a strange thing.

American Standard Version
I wrote for him the ten thousand things of my law; but they are counted as a strange thing.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I shall write to him my manifold laws, which have been accounted as foreign.

Darby Bible Translation
I have prescribed unto him the manifold things of my law: they are counted [as] a strange thing.

English Revised Version
Though I write for him my law in ten thousand precepts, they are counted as a strange thing.

Webster's Bible Translation
I have written to him the great things of my law, but they were counted as a strange thing.

World English Bible
I wrote for him the many things of my law; but they were regarded as a strange thing.

Young's Literal Translation
I write for him numerous things of My law, As a strange thing they have been reckoned.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

8:11-14 It is a great sin to corrupt the worship of God, and will be charged as sin on all who do it, how plausible soever their excuses may seem to be. The Lord had caused his law to be written for them, but they cared not to know, and would not obey it. Man seems by the temples he builds to be mindful of his Maker, yet really he has forgotten him, because he has cast off all his fear; but none ever hardened his heart against God and prospered. So long as men despise the truths and precepts of God's word, and the ordinances of his worship, all the observances and offerings, however costly, of their own devising, will be unto them for sin; for those services only are acceptable to God, which are done according to his word, and through Jesus Christ.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

I have written to him the great things of my law,.... Which was given by Moses to Israel at the appointment of God, in which were many commands, holy, just, and true; a multiplicity of them, as the Targum, relating to the honour of God, and the good of men; many excellent and useful ones of a moral nature, and others of a ceremonial kind; and particularly concerning sacrifices, showing what they should be, the nature and use of them, and where and on what altar they should be offered; and which pointed at the great sacrifice of the Messiah, who is both altar, sacrifice, and priest: and these things were frequently inculcated by the prophets, who from time to time were sent unto them; so that the Lord was continually writing these things to them by them, as Jarchi, Kimchi, and Ben Melech interpret it; hence they could not plead ignorance, and excuse themselves on that account. The law sometimes not only designs the law of the decalogue, and the ceremonial law, respecting sacrifices, &c. but all the books of Moses, in which are written many great and excellent things concerning Christ, his person, offices, and grace; yea, all the books of the prophets, the whole of Scripture, which is by inspiration of God, and is the writing and word of God, and not men; and of which holy men of God were the "amanuenses"; and in which many valuable and precious things are recorded, even all the works of God, of creation, providence, and grace; yea, the various thoughts, counsels, and purposes of his heart, relating to the salvation of men, are transcribed here; and the manifold grace of God, or each of the doctrines of grace, are contained herein, especially in the doctrinal and evangelical part of it, which is sometimes called the law of the Lord, even of Christ; and the law or doctrine of faith; see Psalm 119:18; here are delivered and held forth the great doctrines of a trinity of Persons in the Godhead; of the everlasting love of God to his people, and of their choice in Christ before the world began; of the covenant of grace; of the incarnation of Christ; of redemption by him; of peace, pardon, righteousness, and atonement, through him; of eternal salvation by him; these things are written, and to be read and referred unto, and observed as the rule of faith and practice, and not unwritten traditions, pretended revelations, reveries, and dreams of men; and written they were, not for the use of the Israelites only under the former dispensation, but for the learning and instruction of us Gentiles also, Romans 3:2;

but they were counted as a strange thing; the laws respecting sacrifices more especially, and the place where they were to be offered, which are the things mentioned in the context, had been so long disregarded and disused by Ephraim or the ten tribes, that when they were put in mind of them by the prophets, they looked upon them as things they had no concern with; as laws that belonged to another people, and not to them: and so the great things of divine revelation, the great doctrines of the Gospel, are treated by many as things they have nothing to do with, not at all interesting to them; yea, as nauseous and despicable things, deserving their scorn and contempt, very ungrateful and disagreeable, and in this sense strange, as Job's breath was to his wife Job 19:17; and also as foreign to reason and good sense, and what cannot be reconciled thereunto: so the Athenians charged the doctrines of the Apostle Paul as strange, irrational, and unaccountable, Acts 17:20.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

12. great things of … law—(De 4:6, 8; Ps 19:8; 119:18, 72; 147:19, 20). Maurer not so well translates, "the many things of My law."

my law—as opposed to their inventions. This reference of Hosea to the Pentateuch alone is against the theory that some earlier written prophecies have not come down to us.

strange thing—as if a thing with which they had nothing to do.

Hosea 8:12 Additional Commentaries
Context
Israel will Reap the Whirlwind
11Since Ephraim has multiplied altars for sin, They have become altars of sinning for him. 12Though I wrote for him ten thousand precepts of My law, They are regarded as a strange thing. 13As 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.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 4:6
Observe them carefully, for this will show your wisdom and understanding to the nations, who will hear about all these decrees and say, "Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people."

Deuteronomy 4:8
And what other nation is so great as to have such righteous decrees and laws as this body of laws I am setting before you today?

Hosea 4:6
my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. "Because you have rejected knowledge, I also reject you as my priests; because you have ignored the law of your God, I also will ignore your children.
Treasury of Scripture

I have written to him the great things of my law, but they were counted as a strange thing.

written.

Deuteronomy 4:6-8 Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding …

Nehemiah 9:13,14 You came down also on mount Sinai, and spoke with them from heaven, …

Psalm 119:18 Open you my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.

Psalm 147:19,20 He shows his word to Jacob, his statutes and his judgments to Israel…

Proverbs 22:20 Have not I written to you excellent things in counsels and knowledge,

Ezekiel 20:11 And I gave them my statutes, and showed them my judgments, which …

Romans 3:1 What advantage then has the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision?

Romans 7:12 Why the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.

but.

Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because you have rejected …

2 Kings 17:15,16 And they rejected his statutes, and his covenant that he made with …

Nehemiah 9:26 Nevertheless they were disobedient, and rebelled against you, and …

Psalm 50:17 Seeing you hate instruction, and casts my words behind you.

Isaiah 30:9 That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will …

Jeremiah 6:16,17 Thus said the LORD, Stand you in the ways, and see, and ask for the …

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