Hosea 4:9
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New International Version
And it will be: Like people, like priests. I will punish both of them for their ways and repay them for their deeds.

King James Bible
And there shall be, like people, like priest: and I will punish them for their ways, and reward them their doings.

Darby Bible Translation
And it shall be as the people so the priest; and I will visit their ways upon them, and recompense to them their doings;

World English Bible
It will be, like people, like priest; and I will punish them for their ways, and will repay them for their deeds.

Young's Literal Translation
And it hath been, like people, like priest, And I have charged on it its ways, And its habitual doings I return to it.

Hosea 4:9 Parallel
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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Like people, like priest -

"The priest a wanderer from the narrow way; The silly sheep, no wonder that they stray."

I will punish them - Both priest and people; both equally bad.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

like people.

Isaiah 9:14-16 Therefore the LORD will cut off from Israel head and tail, branch and rush, in one day...

Isaiah 24:2 And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest; as with the servant, so with his master; as with the maid...

Jeremiah 5:31 The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so...

Jeremiah 8:10-12 Therefore will I give their wives to others, and their fields to them that shall inherit them...

Jeremiah 23:11,12 For both prophet and priest are profane; yes, in my house have I found their wickedness, said the LORD...

Ezekiel 22:26-31 Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned my holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane...

Matthew 15:14 Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.

punish. Heb. visit upon.

Hosea 1:4 And the LORD said to him, Call his name Jezreel; for yet a little while, and I will avenge the blood of Jezreel on the house of Jehu...

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reward them. Heb. cause to return.

Psalm 109:17,18 As he loved cursing, so let it come to him: as he delighted not in blessing, so let it be far from him...

Proverbs 5:22 His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be held with the cords of his sins.

Isaiah 3:10 Say you to the righteous, that it shall be well with him: for they shall eat the fruit of their doings.

Zechariah 1:6 But my words and my statutes, which I commanded my servants the prophets, did they not take hold of your fathers?...

Library
'Let Him Alone'
'Ephraim is joined to idols: let him alone.'--HOSEA iv. 17. The tribe of Ephraim was the most important member of the kingdom of Israel; consequently its name was not unnaturally sometimes used in a wider application for the whole of the kingdom, of which it was the principal part. Being the 'predominant partner,' its name was used alone for that of the whole firm, just as in our own empire, we often say 'England,' meaning thereby the three kingdoms: England, Scotland, and Ireland. So 'Ephraim' here
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Beth-El. Beth-Aven.
Josephus thus describes the land of Benjamin; "The Benjamites' portion of land was from the river Jordan to the sea, in length: in breadth, it was bounded by Jerusalem and Beth-el." Let these last words be marked, "The breadth of the land of Benjamin was bounded by Jerusalem and Beth-el." May we not justly conclude, from these words, that Jerusalem and Beth-el were opposite, as it were, in a right line? But if you look upon the maps, there are some that separate these by a very large tract of land,
John Lightfoot—From the Talmud and Hebraica

"Destroyed for Lack of Knowledge"
God's favor toward Israel had always been conditional on their obedience. At the foot of Sinai they had entered into covenant relationship with Him as His "peculiar treasure. . . above all people." Solemnly they had promised to follow in the path of obedience. "All that the Lord hath spoken we will do," they had said. Exodus 19:5, 8. And when, a few days afterward, God's law was spoken from Sinai, and additional instruction in the form of statutes and judgments was communicated through Moses, the
Ellen Gould White—The Story of Prophets and Kings

Joy
'The fruit of the Spirit is joy.' Gal 5:52. The third fruit of justification, adoption, and sanctification, is joy in the Holy Ghost. Joy is setting the soul upon the top of a pinnacle - it is the cream of the sincere milk of the word. Spiritual joy is a sweet and delightful passion, arising from the apprehension and feeling of some good, whereby the soul is supported under present troubles, and fenced against future fear. I. It is a delightful passion. It is contrary to sorrow, which is a perturbation
Thomas Watson—A Body of Divinity

Cross References
Proverbs 12:14
From the fruit of their lips people are filled with good things, and the work of their hands brings them reward.

Isaiah 24:2
it will be the same for priest as for people, for the master as for his servant, for the mistress as for her servant, for seller as for buyer, for borrower as for lender, for debtor as for creditor.

Jeremiah 5:31
The prophets prophesy lies, the priests rule by their own authority, and my people love it this way. But what will you do in the end?

Hosea 7:2
but they do not realize that I remember all their evil deeds. Their sins engulf them; they are always before me.

Hosea 8:13
Though they offer sacrifices as gifts to me, and though they eat the meat, the LORD is not pleased with them. Now he will remember their wickedness and punish their sins: They will return to Egypt.

Hosea 9:9
They have sunk deep into corruption, as in the days of Gibeah. God will remember their wickedness and punish them for their sins.

Hosea 9:15
"Because of all their wickedness in Gilgal, I hated them there. Because of their sinful deeds, I will drive them out of my house. I will no longer love them; all their leaders are rebellious.

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