New American Standard Bible
And it will be, like people, like priest; So I will punish 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.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
And there shall be like people, like priest - Priest and people were alike in sin. Yea they are wont, if bad, to foment each other's sin. The bad priest copies the sins which he should reprove, and excuses himself by the frailty of our common nature. The people, acutely enough, detect the worldliness or self-indulgence of the priest, and shelter themselves under his example. Their defense stands good before people; but what before God? Alike in sin, priest and people should be alike in punishment. "Neither secular greatness should exempt the laity, nor the dignity of his order, the priest." Both shall be swept away in one common heap, in one disgrace, into one damnation. "They shall bind them in bundles to burn them."
And I will punish them for their ways, and reward them their doings - Literally, "I will visit upon him his ways, and his doings I will make to return to him." People and priests are spoken of as one man. None should escape. The judgment comes down "upon" them, overwhelming them. Man's deeds are called his "ways," because the soul holds on the tenor of its life along them, and those ways lead him on to his last end, heaven or hell. The word rendered "doings " signifies "great doings," when used of God; "bold doings," on the part of man. Those bold presumptuous doings against the law and will of God, God will bring back to the sinner's bosom.
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An Era of Spiritual Darkness
The Prophet Hosea.
A man will be satisfied with good by the fruit of his words, And the deeds of a man's hands will return to him.
And the people will be like the priest, the servant like his master, the maid like her mistress, the buyer like the seller, the lender like the borrower, the creditor like the debtor.
The prophets prophesy falsely, And the priests rule on their own authority; And My people love it so! But what will you do at the end of it?
And they do not consider in their hearts That I remember all their wickedness. Now their deeds are all around them; They are before My face.
As for My sacrificial gifts, They sacrifice the flesh and eat it, But the LORD has taken no delight in them. Now He will remember their iniquity, And punish them for their sins; They will return to Egypt.
They have gone deep in depravity As in the days of Gibeah; He will remember their iniquity, He will punish their sins.
All 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.
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