Hosea 8:11
New International Version
"Though Ephraim built many altars for sin offerings, these have become altars for sinning.

New Living Translation
“Israel has built many altars to take away sin, but these very altars became places for sinning!

English Standard Version
Because Ephraim has multiplied altars for sinning, they have become to him altars for sinning.

Berean Study Bible
Though Ephraim multiplied the altars for sin, they became his altars for sinning.

New American Standard Bible
Since Ephraim has multiplied altars for sin, They have become altars of sinning for him.

New King James Version
“Because Ephraim has made many altars for sin, They have become for him altars for sinning.

King James Bible
Because Ephraim hath made many altars to sin, altars shall be unto him to sin.

Christian Standard Bible
When Ephraim multiplied his altars for sin, they became his altars for sinning.

Contemporary English Version
Israel, you have built many altars where you offer sacrifices for sin. But these altars have become places for sin.

Good News Translation
"The more altars the people of Israel build for removing sin, the more places they have for sinning!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When Ephraim multiplied his altars for sin, they became his altars for sinning.

International Standard Version
"The more altars Ephraim builds for sin, the more altars there will be for sin.

NET Bible
Although Ephraim has built many altars for sin offerings, these have become altars for sinning!

New Heart English Bible
Because Ephraim has multiplied altars for sinning, they became for him altars for sinning.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"The more altars that the people of Ephraim build to make offerings to pay for their sins, the more places they have for sinning.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For Ephraim hath multiplied altars to sin, Yea, altars have been unto him to sin.

New American Standard 1977
Since Ephraim has multiplied altars for sin, They have become altars of sinning for him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Because Ephraim has multiplied altars for sin, the altars shall be a sin unto him.

King James 2000 Bible
Because Ephraim has made many altars for sin offerings, the altars shall be unto him for sinning.

American King James Version
Because Ephraim has made many altars to sin, altars shall be to him to sin.

American Standard Version
Because Ephraim hath multiplied altars for sinning, altars have been unto him for sinning.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Because Ephraim has multiplied altars, his beloved altars are become sins to him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Because Ephraim hath made many altars to sin: altars are become to him unto sin.

Darby Bible Translation
Because Ephraim hath multiplied altars to sin, altars shall be unto him to sin.

English Revised Version
Because Ephraim hath multiplied altars to sin, altars have been unto him to sin.

Webster's Bible Translation
Because Ephraim hath made many altars to sin, altars shall be to him to sin.

World English Bible
Because Ephraim has multiplied altars for sinning, they became for him altars for sinning.

Young's Literal Translation
Because Ephraim did multiply altars to sin, They have been to him altars to sin.
Study Bible
Israel will Reap the Whirlwind
10Though they hire allies among the nations, I will now round them up, and they will begin to diminish under the oppression of the king of princes. 11Though Ephraim multiplied the altars for sin, they became his altars for sinning. 12Though I wrote for them the great things of My law, they regarded them as something strange.…
Cross References
Hosea 10:1
Israel was a luxuriant vine, yielding fruit for himself. The more his fruit increased, the more he increased the altars. The better his land produced, the better he made the sacred pillars.

Hosea 12:11
Is there iniquity in Gilead? They will surely come to nothing. Do they sacrifice bulls in Gilgal? Indeed, their altars will be heaps of stones in the furrows of the field.

Treasury of Scripture

Because Ephraim has made many altars to sin, altars shall be to him to sin.

many.

Hosea 10:1,2,8
Israel is an empty vine, he bringeth forth fruit unto himself: according to the multitude of his fruit he hath increased the altars; according to the goodness of his land they have made goodly images…

Hosea 12:11
Is there iniquity in Gilead? surely they are vanity: they sacrifice bullocks in Gilgal; yea, their altars are as heaps in the furrows of the fields.

Isaiah 10:10,11
As my hand hath found the kingdoms of the idols, and whose graven images did excel them of Jerusalem and of Samaria; …

altars.

Deuteronomy 4:28
And there ye shall serve gods, the work of men's hands, wood and stone, which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell.

Jeremiah 16:13
Therefore will I cast you out of this land into a land that ye know not, neither ye nor your fathers; and there shall ye serve other gods day and night; where I will not shew you favour.







Lexicon
Though
כִּֽי־ (kî-)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

Ephraim
אֶפְרַ֛יִם (’ep̄·ra·yim)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 669: Ephraim -- a son of Joseph, also his descendants and their territory

multiplied
הִרְבָּ֥ה (hir·bāh)
Verb - Hifil - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7235: To be or become much, many or great

the altars
מִזְבְּחֹ֖ת (miz·bə·ḥōṯ)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 4196: An altar

for sin,
לַחֲטֹ֑א (la·ḥă·ṭō)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 2398: To miss, to sin, to forfeit, lack, expiate, repent, lead astray, condemn

they became
הָיוּ־ (hā·yū-)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

his
ל֥וֹ (lōw)
Preposition | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew

altars
מִזְבְּח֖וֹת (miz·bə·ḥō·wṯ)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 4196: An altar

for sinning.
לַחֲטֹֽא׃ (la·ḥă·ṭō)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 2398: To miss, to sin, to forfeit, lack, expiate, repent, lead astray, condemn
(11) Many altars.--Multiplication of altars was condemned in the law (Deuteronomy 12:5 seq.). The narrative in Joshua 22 shows that unity of altar and sanctuary was essential to the unity of the nation. The last clause should be rendered, he had altars for sinning. The worship of God was degraded into the sensuous approaching Baal-worship. In the first clause sin equals transgression, in the last transgression plus guilt and peril.

Verses 11, 12. - These two verses are closely connected with the preceding verse and with each other. Ver. 11 not only accounts for, but justifies, the threat of punishment announced in ver. 10 by reference to Ephraim's sin; and ver. 12 shows the inexcusableness of Ephraim in thus sinning. Because Ephraim hath made many altars to sin, altars shall be unto him to sin. Instead of the one sanctuary with its altar in the place which the Lord their God would choose out of all their tribes to put his Name there and to accept the offerings of his people, they multiplied altars contrary to the express command of God; while those altars which they erected in any places that pleased them were not for the service of the true God, but for the worship of idols, the calves, Baal, and ether vanities of the heathen. Thus they multiplied their sin by every altar they reared and every idol they worshipped. Their altars, instead of proving their piety, plunged them in greater sin and deeper guilt. I have written to him the great things of my Law, but they were counted as a strange thing. For the Athenians, whose city Paul found full of idols, and which in addition to its many other altars had one to an unknown god, there was some excuse, for they were not privileged with a revelation of the Divine will in a written Law; but for Israel no such apology was possible. This verse proves plainly that, in their sinning by multiplying idols and altars, they were entirely without excuse. The kethie or textual reading has ribbo for ribboth by the omission of tar and equivalent to רְבָבָה, that is, ten thousand, or myriads; the Qeri or Maasoretie correction, רֻבֵּי, plural of דב, multitudes. The idea conveyed is the numerous directions, preceptive and prohibitive, of the Pentateuch; the commandments, so full and explicit, comprehending alike the great things and the little; the details, so minute as well as manifold, that there was no possibility of mistake, provided there was any mind to be informed. Still more, these commandments, directions, and details were not only communicated verbally and orally to Israel; they were committed to writing, and thus placed permanently on record. And yet, notwithstanding all this, the great things of God's Law were regarded by many or most of those to whom they were addressed as instructions foreign to their interest, with which they had no concern, and which consequently had no claim on their attention and deserved no place in their recollection. The variety of names for the Divine commands is very noteworthy. There are commandments equivalent to all precepts of which the motives are assigned, as of circumstance to distinguish Israel from ether people; statutes, for which no motives are assigned, as in the case of the red heifer, prohibition against wearing garments of mixed material, and ceremonial prescripts in general; testimonies, precepts intended to keep up the memory of any event of fact as the Passover to remind of the departure from Egypt; precepts, rational injunctions, left, so to say, to our intelligence, as the unity of the Deity and the fact of his being the Creator; and judgments, judicial directions relating to buying and selling, inheritances, and such like. 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.
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