New International Version
The more priests there were, the more they sinned against me; they exchanged their glorious God for something disgraceful.
King James Bible
As they were increased, so they sinned against me: therefore will I change their glory into shame.
Darby Bible Translation
As they were multiplied, so they sinned against me: I will change their glory into shame.
World English Bible
As they were multiplied, so they sinned against me. I will change their glory into shame.
Young's Literal Translation
According to their abundance so they sinned against Me, Their honour into shame I change.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Will I change their glory into shame - As the idolaters at Dan and Bethel have changed my glory into the similitude of an ox that eateth grass, (Romans 1:23), so will I change their glory into shame or ignominy. In the day of my wrath, their calf-gods shall not deliver them.
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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"
Ephraim's glory will fly away like a bird-- no birth, no pregnancy, no conception.
Israel was a spreading vine; he brought forth fruit for himself. As his fruit increased, he built more altars; as his land prospered, he adorned his sacred stones.
It will be carried to Assyria as tribute for the great king. Ephraim will be disgraced; Israel will be ashamed of its foreign alliances.
When I fed them, they were satisfied; when they were satisfied, they became proud; then they forgot me.
You will be filled with shame instead of glory. Now it is your turn! Drink and let your nakedness be exposed! The cup from the LORD's right hand is coming around to you, and disgrace will cover your glory.
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