New International Version
to prostitution; old wine and new wine take away their understanding.
King James Bible
Whoredom and wine and new wine take away the heart.
Darby Bible Translation
Fornication, and wine, and new wine take away the heart.
World English Bible
Prostitution, wine, and new wine take away understanding.
Young's Literal Translation
Whoredom, and wine, and new wine, take the heart,
Hosea 4:11 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Whoredom and wine - These debaucheries go generally together.
Take away the heart - Darken the understanding, deprave the judgment, pervert the will, debase all the passions, etc.
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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
"Destroyed for Lack of Knowledge"
"You and your sons are not to drink wine or other fermented drink whenever you go into the tent of meeting, or you will die. This is a lasting ordinance for the generations to come,
1 Samuel 25:36
When Abigail went to Nabal, he was in the house holding a banquet like that of a king. He was in high spirits and very drunk. So she told him nothing at all until daybreak.
Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise.
It is not for kings, Lemuel-- it is not for kings to drink wine, not for rulers to crave beer,
They have harps and lyres at their banquets, pipes and timbrels and wine, but they have no regard for the deeds of the LORD, no respect for the work of his hands.
And these also stagger from wine and reel from beer: Priests and prophets stagger from beer and are befuddled with wine; they reel from beer, they stagger when seeing visions, they stumble when rendering decisions.
"Ephraim is like a dove, easily deceived and senseless-- now calling to Egypt, now turning to Assyria.
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