Hosea 4:17
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New International Version
Ephraim is joined to idols; leave him alone!

New Living Translation
Leave Israel alone, because she is married to idolatry.

English Standard Version
Ephraim is joined to idols; leave him alone.

Berean Study Bible
Ephraim is joined to idols; leave him alone!

New American Standard Bible
Ephraim is joined to idols; Let him alone.

King James Bible
Ephraim is joined to idols: let him alone.

Christian Standard Bible
Ephraim is attached to idols; leave him alone!

Contemporary English Version
You people of Israel are charmed by idols. Leave those people alone!

Good News Translation
The people of Israel are under the spell of idols. Let them go their own way.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Ephraim is attached to idols; leave him alone!

International Standard Version
Ephraim has become entwined with idols; leave him alone!

NET Bible
Ephraim has attached himself to idols; Do not go near him!

New Heart English Bible
Ephraim, joined to idols, has placed stumbling blocks against himself.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The people of Ephraim have chosen to worship idols. Leave them alone!

JPS Tanakh 1917
Ephraim is joined to idols; Let him alone.

New American Standard 1977
Ephraim is joined to idols; Let him alone.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Ephraim is given over to idols; leave him.

King James 2000 Bible
Ephraim is joined to idols: let him alone.

American King James Version
Ephraim is joined to idols: let him alone.

American Standard Version
Ephraim is joined to idols; let him alone.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Ephraim is a partaker with idols, let him alone.

Darby Bible Translation
Ephraim is joined to idols: leave him alone.

English Revised Version
Ephraim is joined to idols; let him alone.

Webster's Bible Translation
Ephraim is joined to idols: let him alone.

World English Bible
Ephraim is joined to idols. Leave him alone!

Young's Literal Translation
Joined to idols is Ephraim, let him alone.
Study Bible
God's Charges Against Israel
16For Israel is as obstinate as a stubborn heifer. Can the LORD now shepherd them like lambs in an open meadow? 17Ephraim is joined to idols; leave him alone! 18When their liquor is gone, they turn to prostitution; their rulers dearly love disgrace.…
Cross References
Psalm 81:12
So I gave them up to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices.

Hosea 4:4
But let no man contend; let no man offer reproof; for your people are like those who contend against a priest.

Hosea 11:6
A sword will whirl through their cities; it will destroy the bars of their gates and consume them in their own plans.

Hosea 13:2
Now they sin more and more and make for themselves cast images, idols skillfully made from their silver, all of them the work of craftsmen. People say of them, "Let the men who offer human sacrifice kiss the calves!"

Treasury of Scripture

Ephraim is joined to idols: let him alone.


Hosea 11:2 As they called them, so they went from them: they sacrificed to Baalim, …

Hosea 12:1 Ephraim feeds on wind, and follows after the east wind: he daily …

Hosea 13:2 And now they sin more and more, and have made them molten images …


Hosea 4:4 Yet let no man strive, nor reprove another: for your people are as …

Psalm 81:12 So I gave them up to their own hearts' lust: and they walked in their …

Matthew 15:14 Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind …

Revelation 22:11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, …

(17) Ephraim . . . idols.--The prophet calls on Judah to leave Ephraim to himself. The Jewish interpreters Rashi and Kimchi understand this as the appeal of Jehovah to the prophet to leave Israel to her fate, that so perhaps her eyes might be opened to discern her doom.

Verse 17. - Ephraim is joined to idols: let him alone. Ephraim being the dominant tribe, gave its name to the northern kingdom. The idols were Ephraim's folly, and to that they were wedded; and in consequence they are left to their folly, and at the same time surrendered to their fate. They may persist in their folly; they cannot be prevented. "Give him rest," as the words literally mean, from exhortations and expostulations, from remonstrances and reproofs; he will persist in his folly, prepare for his fate, and perish by his sin. This abandonment of Ephraim proves the desperate nature of his case. Left to his own recklessness, he is rushing towards ruin. Judah is warned to stand aloof from the contagion, lest by interference he might get implicated in the sin and involved in the punishment of Ephraim. The Hebrew commentators express the word rendered "joined to" in the Authorized Version (ver. 17) by words importing "yoked to," "allied with," and "cleaving to." Again, הַנַה, imperative of הֵנִחַ, is explained by them as follows: - Rashi: "Leave off, O prophet, and prophesy not to reprove him, for it is of no use." Aben Ezra: "Let him alone till God shall chastise him; perhaps his eyes shall then open." Kimchi: "Jehovah says to the prophet, Cease to reprove him, for it is of no use .... As a man who is angry with his fellow, because he will not hearken to him when he reproves him, and says, Since thou hearkenest not to me, I will cease for ever to reprove thee." Ephraim is joined to idols,.... That is, the ten tribes of Israel, frequently so called after their separation from the rest, because that Jeroboam, by whom the revolt was made, was of that tribe; and because that tribe was the principal of them, and Samaria, the metropolis of their kingdom, was in it: and so the Targum here renders it,

"the house of Israel are joined to idols;''

to the calves at Dan and Bethel; to Baal, and other idols, they worshipped: the phrase expresses their strong affection for them, their constant worship of them, and their obstinate persisting therein, and the difficulty there was of bringing them off of it; they cleaved to their idols, were glued, and as it were wedded unto them, and there was no separating of them; as men are, who are addicted to the lusts of the flesh, to the mammon of unrighteousness, or to their own self-righteousness, or to any idol they set up in their hearts as such: hence it follows,

let them alone: which are either the words of the Lord to the prophet, enjoining him to prophesy no more to them; to reprove them no more for their sins, since it was all to no purpose, there was no reclaiming them, so Jarchi and Kimchi; and therefore let them alone, let them go on in their sins, and in their errors, and in their superstition and idolatry; see Ezekiel 3:26. God was determined to let them alone himself, and therefore bids his prophet to do so likewise: and sad is the case with men when he lets them alone, and will not disturb their consciences any more by jogs and convictions, but gives them up to a seared conscience, to hardness of heart, and to their own lusts; when he will not hedge up their way with thorns, or distress them with afflictive providences, and hinder them from going on in a course of sin and wickedness; nor give them restraining grace, but suffer them to go on in the broad road, till they drop into hell; and says of them,

let him that is filthy be filthy still, Revelation 22:11 or else they are the words of the prophet to the men of Judah, to have nothing to do with Israel, since they were such backsliders and idolaters; to have no communion and conversation with them, but let them be alone, and worship alone for them; since what fellowship has righteousness with unrighteousness, light with darkness, Christ with Belial, a believer with an infidel, or the temple of the living God with idols and idolaters? 2 Corinthians 6:14, some take them to be the words of the prophet to God concerning Israel, approving of his righteous judgments, in threatening to feed them as a lamb in a large place; dismiss him thither, suffer and leave him to feed there. The Targum interprets it of their sin, and not their punishment,

"they have left their worship;''

the service of God. 17. Ephraim—the ten tribes. Judah was at this time not so given to idolatry as afterwards.

joined to—closely and voluntarily; identifying themselves with them as a whoremonger becomes one flesh with the harlot (Nu 25:3; 1Co 6:16, 17).

idols—The Hebrew means also "sorrows," "pains," implying the pain which idolatry brings on its votaries.

let him alone—Leave him to himself. Let him reap the fruits of his own perverse choice; his case is desperate; say nothing to him (compare Jer 7:16). Here Ho 4:15 shows the address is to Judah, to avoid the contagion of Israel's bad example. He is bent on his own ruin; leave him to his fate, lest, instead of saving him, thou fall thyself (Isa 48:20; Jer 50:8; 51:6, 45; 2Co 6:17).4:12-19 The people consulted images, and not the Divine word. This would lead to disorder and sin. Thus men prepare scourges for themselves, and vice is spread through a people. Let not Judah come near the idolatrous worship of Israel. For Israel was devoted to idols, and must now be let alone. When sinners cast off the easy yoke of Christ, they go on in sin till the Lord saith, Let them alone. Then they receive no more warnings, feel no more convictions: Satan takes full possession of them, and they ripen for destruction. It is a sad and sore judgment for any man to be let alone in sin. Those who are not disturbed in their sin, will be destroyed for their sin. May we be kept from this awful state; for the wrath of God, like a strong tempest, will soon hurry impenitent sinners into ruin.
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