New International Version
Ephraim is joined to idols; leave him alone!
King James Bible
Ephraim is joined to idols: let him alone.
Darby Bible Translation
Ephraim is joined to idols: leave 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.
Hosea 4:17 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Ephraim - The ten tribes.
Is joined to idols - Is become incorporated with false gods.
Let him alone - They are irreclaimable, leave them to the consequences of their vicious conduct.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
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"
So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices.
"But let no one bring a charge, let no one accuse another, for your people are like those who bring charges against a priest.
A sword will flash in their cities; it will devour their false prophets and put an end to their plans.
Now they sin more and more; they make idols for themselves from their silver, cleverly fashioned images, all of them the work of craftsmen. It is said of these people, "They offer human sacrifices! They kiss calf-idols!"
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