New International Version
And it will be: Like people, like priests. I will punish both of 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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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Like people, like priest -
"The priest a wanderer from the narrow way; The silly sheep, no wonder that they stray."
I will punish them - Both priest and people; both equally bad.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
punish. Heb. visit upon.
reward them. Heb. cause to return.
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"
From the fruit of their lips people are filled with good things, and the work of their hands brings them reward.
it will be the same for priest as for people, for the master as for his servant, for the mistress as for her servant, for seller as for buyer, for borrower as for lender, for debtor as for creditor.
The prophets prophesy lies, the priests rule by their own authority, and my people love it this way. But what will you do in the end?
but they do not realize that I remember all their evil deeds. Their sins engulf them; they are always before me.
Though they offer sacrifices as gifts to me, and though they eat the meat, the LORD is not pleased with them. Now he will remember their wickedness and punish their sins: They will return to Egypt.
They have sunk deep into corruption, as in the days of Gibeah. God will remember their wickedness and punish them for their sins.
"Because of all their wickedness in Gilgal, I hated them there. Because of their sinful deeds, I will drive them out of my house. I will no longer love them; all their leaders are rebellious.
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