Hosea 9:8
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New International Version
The prophet, along with my God, is the watchman over Ephraim, yet snares await him on all his paths, and hostility in the house of his God.

New Living Translation
The prophet is a watchman over Israel for my God, yet traps are laid for him wherever he goes. He faces hostility even in the house of God.

English Standard Version
The prophet is the watchman of Ephraim with my God; yet a fowler’s snare is on all his ways, and hatred in the house of his God.

New American Standard Bible
Ephraim was a watchman with my God, a prophet; Yet the snare of a bird catcher is in all his ways, And there is only hostility in the house of his God.

King James Bible
The watchman of Ephraim was with my God: but the prophet is a snare of a fowler in all his ways, and hatred in the house of his God.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Ephraim's watchman is with my God. The prophet encounters a fowler's snare on all his ways. Hostility is in the house of his God!

International Standard Version
While Ephraim stands watch with my God, the prophet has snares set that will trap his ways, and hostility lodges in the Temple of his God.

NET Bible
The prophet is a watchman over Ephraim on behalf of God, yet traps are laid for him along all of his paths; animosity rages against him in the land of his God.

New Heart English Bible
A prophet watches over Ephraim with my God. A fowler's snare is on all of his paths, and hostility in the house of his God.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Prophets are God's watchmen over Ephraim. Yet, traps are set on every prophet's path, and people are hostile in the temple of their God.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Ephraim is a watchman with my God; As for the prophet, a fowler's snare is in all his ways, And enmity in the house of his God.

New American Standard 1977
Ephraim was a watchman with my God, a prophet;
            Yet the snare of a bird catcher is in all his ways,
            And there is only hostility in the house of his God.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The watchman of Ephraim regarding my God, the prophet, is a snare of a fowler in all his ways, hatred in the house of his God.

King James 2000 Bible
The watchman of Ephraim was with my God: but the prophet is a snare of a fowler in all his ways, and hatred in the house of his God.

American King James Version
The watchman of Ephraim was with my God: but the prophet is a snare of a fowler in all his ways, and hatred in the house of his God.

American Standard Version
Ephraim was a watchman with my God: as for the prophet, a fowler's snare is in all his ways, and enmity in the house of his God.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The watchman of Ephraim was with my God: the prophet is become a snare of ruin upon all his ways, madness is in the house of his God.

Darby Bible Translation
Is Ephraim a watchman with my God? [nay] the prophet is a fowler's snare on all his ways, enmity in the house of his God.

English Revised Version
Ephraim was a watchman with my God: as for the prophet, a fowler's snare is in all his ways, and enmity in the house of his God.

Webster's Bible Translation
The watchman of Ephraim was with my God: but the prophet is a snare of a fowler in all his ways, and hatred in the house of his God.

World English Bible
A prophet watches over Ephraim with my God. A fowler's snare is on all of his paths, and hostility in the house of his God.

Young's Literal Translation
Ephraim is looking away from My God, The prophet! a snare of a fowler is over all his ways, Hatred is in the house of his God.
Study Bible
Hosea Announces Israel's Punishment
7The days of punishment have come, The days of retribution have come; Let Israel know this! The prophet is a fool, The inspired man is demented, Because of the grossness of your iniquity, And because your hostility is so great. 8Ephraim was a watchman with my God, a prophet; Yet the snare of a bird catcher is in all his ways, And there is only hostility in the house of his God. 9They have gone deep in depravity As in the days of Gibeah; He will remember their iniquity, He will punish their sins.…
Cross References
Psalm 124:7
Our soul has escaped as a bird out of the snare of the trapper; The snare is broken and we have escaped.

Ecclesiastes 9:12
Moreover, man does not know his time: like fish caught in a treacherous net and birds trapped in a snare, so the sons of men are ensnared at an evil time when it suddenly falls on them.

Jeremiah 23:13
"Moreover, among the prophets of Samaria I saw an offensive thing: They prophesied by Baal and led My people Israel astray.

Hosea 5:1
Hear this, O priests! Give heed, O house of Israel! Listen, O house of the king! For the judgment applies to you, For you have been a snare at Mizpah And a net spread out on Tabor.

Hosea 9:7
The days of punishment have come, The days of retribution have come; Let Israel know this! The prophet is a fool, The inspired man is demented, Because of the grossness of your iniquity, And because your hostility is so great.

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.
Treasury of Scripture

The watchman of Ephraim was with my God: but the prophet is a snare of a fowler in all his ways, and hatred in the house of his God.

watchman.

Songs 3:3 The watchmen that go about the city found me: to whom I said, Saw …

Isaiah 62:6 I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never …

Jeremiah 6:17 Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Listen to the sound of the …

Jeremiah 31:6 For there shall be a day, that the watchmen on the mount Ephraim …

Ezekiel 3:17 Son of man, I have made you a watchman to the house of Israel: therefore …

Ezekiel 33:7 So you, O son of man, I have set you a watchman to the house of Israel; …

Micah 7:4 The best of them is as a brier: the most upright is sharper than …

Hebrews 13:17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for …

with.

1 Kings 17:1 And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said …

1 Kings 18:1,36-39 And it came to pass after many days, that the word of the LORD came …

1 Kings 22:28 And Micaiah said, If you return at all in peace, the LORD has not …

2 Kings 2:14,21 And he took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote the …

2 Kings 3:15-20 But now bring me a minstrel. And it came to pass, when the minstrel …

2 Kings 4:1-7,33-37,41 Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets …

2 Kings 4:43 And his servitor said, What, should I set this before an hundred …

2 Kings 5:14,27 Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according …

2 Kings 6:17,18 And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray you, open his eyes, that …

2 Kings 7:2,19 Then a lord on whose hand the king leaned answered the man of God, …

2 Kings 13:21 And it came to pass, as they were burying a man, that, behold, they …

but.

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

1 Kings 18:19 Now therefore send, and gather to me all Israel to mount Carmel, …

1 Kings 22:6,11,22 Then the king of Israel gathered the prophets together, about four …

Jeremiah 6:14 They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, …

Jeremiah 14:13 Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, the prophets say to them, You …

Lamentations 2:14 Your prophets have seen vain and foolish things for you: and they …

Lamentations 4:13 For the sins of her prophets, and the iniquities of her priests, …

in the. or, against the.

John 15:24 If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, …

Romans 3:7 For if the truth of God has more abounded through my lie to his glory; …

(8) Prophet.--Many hold that here (as in the previous verse) this word is used in a bad sense (false prophet), and standing contrasted with "the watchman of Ephraim" (or true prophet, Hosea himself, Jeremiah 6:17; Ezekiel 3:17). They would render:--"The watchman of Ephraim is with my God." But the verse is capable of an altogether different, and, on the whole, more satisfactory interpretation: Ephraim is a lier-in-wait, in conflict with my God. As for the prophet, the fowler's snare is in all his ways. (Comp. Matthew 23:34-35.) There is persecution in the house of his God. The objection to this rendering lies in this use of the Hebrew 'im ("in conflict with"). But the word might be read 'am, "people" (comp. LXX. on 2Samuel 1:2): "Ephraim, the people of my God, is a lier-in-wait"--a thought full of pathos, and in harmony with the main idea of this prophecy.

The watchman of Ephraim was with my God,.... Formerly the watchmen of Ephraim, or the prophets of Israel, were with the true God, whom the prophet calls his God; as Elijah and Elisha, who had communion and intimacy with him; had revelations and instructions from him; and were under the direction and inspiration of his Spirit, and prophesied in his name things according to his will, and for the good of his people: or "the watchman of Ephraim should be with my God"; on his side, and promote his worship and service, his honour and interest; and give the people warning from him, having heard the word at his mouth: but now they were not with him, nor for him, nor did as they should: or one that bore this character of a watchman in the ten tribes, pretended to be such a one, and would be thought to be with God, and to have his mind and will, and to be sincere for his glory:

but the prophet is a snare of a fowler in all his ways; the false prophet, the same with the watchman, instead of guiding and directing Ephraim in the right way in which he should go, lays snares for him in all the ways he takes, to lead him wrong, and draw him into sin, particularly into idolatry, both by his doctrine and example:

and hatred in the house of his God; and so became detestable and execrable it the house of his own god, the calf at Bethel, in the temple there: prophesying such things as in the event prove false, and drawing into such practices as brought on ruin and desolation. The Targum interprets it, of laying snares for their prophets, their true prophets; and Kimchi and Jarchi of slaying Zechariah the prophet in the temple. 8. The watchman … was with my God—The spiritual watchmen, the true prophets, formerly consulted my God (Jer 31:6; Hab 2:1); but their so-called prophet is a snare, entrapping Israel into idolatry.

hatred—rather, "(a cause of) apostasy" (see Ho 9:7) [Maurer].

house of his God—that is, the state of Ephraim, as in Ho 8:1 [Maurer]. Or, "the house of his (false) god," the calves [Calvin]. Jehovah, "my God," seems contrasted with "his God." Calvin's view is therefore preferable.9:7-10 Time had been when the spiritual watchmen of Israel were with the Lord, but now they were like the snare of a fowler to entangle persons to their ruin. The people were become as corrupt as those of Gibeah, Jud 19; and their crimes should be visited in like manner. At first God had found Israel pleasing to Him, as grapes to the traveller in the wilderness. He saw them with pleasure as the first ripe figs. This shows the delight God took in them; yet they followed after idolatry.
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