Hosea 9:14
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New International Version
Give them, LORD-- what will you give them? Give them wombs that miscarry and breasts that are dry.

New Living Translation
O LORD, what should I request for your people? I will ask for wombs that don't give birth and breasts that give no milk.

English Standard Version
Give them, O LORD— what will you give? Give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts.

New American Standard Bible
Give them, O LORD-- what will You give? Give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts.

King James Bible
Give them, O LORD: what wilt thou give? give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Give them, LORD-- What should You give? Give them a womb that miscarries and breasts that are dry!

International Standard Version
Give them, LORD— What will you give? You will give them a womb that miscarries and dry breasts.

NET Bible
Give them, O LORD--what will you give them? Give them wombs that miscarry, and breasts that cannot nurse!

New Heart English Bible
Give them--LORD what will you give? Give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
LORD, give them what they deserve. Make the women miscarry, or else make them unable to nurse their babies.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Give them, O LORD, whatsoever Thou wilt give; Give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts.

New American Standard 1977
Give them, O LORD—what wilt Thou give?
            Give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Give them, O LORD, that which thou must give them; give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts.

King James 2000 Bible
Give them, O LORD: what will you give? give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts.

American King James Version
Give them, O LORD: what will you give? give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts.

American Standard Version
Give them, O Jehovah-what wilt thou give? give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Give them, O Lord. What wilt thou give them? Give them a womb without children, and dry breasts.

Darby Bible Translation
Give them, Jehovah -- what wilt thou give? -- give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts.

English Revised Version
Give them, O LORD: what wilt thou give? give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts.

Webster's Bible Translation
Give them, O LORD: what wilt thou give? give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts.

World English Bible
Give them--Yahweh what will you give? Give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts.

Young's Literal Translation
Give to them, Jehovah -- what dost Thou give? Give to them miscarrying womb, and dry breasts.
Study Bible
Hosea Announces Israel's Punishment
13Ephraim, as I have seen, Is planted in a pleasant meadow like Tyre; But Ephraim will bring out his children for slaughter. 14Give them, O LORD-- what will You give? Give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts. 15All 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.…
Cross References
Exodus 23:26
"There shall be no one miscarrying or barren in your land; I will fulfill the number of your days.

Hosea 9:11
As for Ephraim, their glory will fly away like a bird-- No birth, no pregnancy and no conception!
Treasury of Scripture

Give them, O LORD: what will you give? give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts.

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Hosea 9:13,16 Ephraim, as I saw Tyrus, is planted in a pleasant place: but Ephraim …

Matthew 24:19 And woe to them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!

Mark 13:17 But woe to them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!

Luke 21:23 But woe to them that are with child, and to them that give suck, …

Luke 23:29 For, behold, the days are coming, in the which they shall say, Blessed …

1 Corinthians 7:26 I suppose therefore that this is good for the present distress, I …

a miscarrying womb. Heb. a womb that casteth the fruit.

Job 21:10 Their bull engenders, and fails not; their cow calves, and casts not her calf.

(14) Better universal childlessness than that the off-spring should be exposed to so terrible a fate. Compare this with our Lord's words: "Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bare," &c.

Give them, O Lord: what wilt thou give them?.... The prophet foreseeing the butchery and destruction of their children, his heart ached for them; and, to show his tender affection for this people, was desirous of putting up a supplication for them; but was at a loss what to ask, their sins were so many, and so aggravated, and the decree gone forth for their destruction: or, "give them what thou wilt give them" (l); so Jarchi, Kimchi, and Abarbinel, what thou hast threatened before to give them, Hosea 9:11; do not give them to be butchered and murdered before the eyes of their parents by their enemies; but rather let them die in the womb, or as soon as born; so it follows:

give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts; the latter being a sign of the former, as physicians observe; or the words may be rendered disjunctively, give them one, or the other; that is, to the wives of the people of Israel, if they conceive, let them miscarry, prove abortive, rather than bring forth children to be destroyed in such a cruel manner by murderers; or if they bear them to the birth, and bring them forth, let their breasts be dried up, and afford no milk for their nourishment; and so die for lack of it, rather than fall into the hands of their merciless enemies: thus, of two evils, the prophet chooses and prays for the least. Some interpret this as a prediction of what would be, or an imprecation of it; but it rather seems a pathetic wish, flowing from the tender affection of the prophet, judging such a case to be preferable to the former; see Luke 23:29; though the other sense seems best to agree with what follows, and which is favoured by the Targum,

"give thou, O Lord, the recompence of their works; give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts.''

(l) "da eis quod daturus es", Junius & Tremellius, Vatablus, Grotius; "da illis id quod dabis", Schmidt. 14. what wilt thou give?—As if overwhelmed by feeling, he deliberates with God what is most desirable.

give … a miscarrying womb—Of two evils he chooses the least. So great will be the calamity, that barrenness will be a blessing, though usually counted a great misfortune (Job 3:3; Jer 20:14; Lu 23:29).9:11-17. God departs from a people, or from a person, when he withdraws his goodness and mercy from them; and when the Lord is departed, what can the creature do? Even though, for the present, good things seem to remain, yet the blessing is gone if God is gone. Even the children should perish with the parents. The Divine wrath dries up the root, and withers the fruit of all comforts; and the scattered Jews daily warn us to beware, lest we neglect or abuse the gospel. Yet every smiting is not a drying up of the root. It may be that God intends only to smite so that the sap may be turned to the root, that there may be more of root graces, more humility, patience, faith, and self-denial. It is very just that God should bring judgments on those who slight his offered mercy.
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