New International Version
I am like a moth to Ephraim, like rot to the people of Judah.
King James Bible
Therefore will I be unto Ephraim as a moth, and to the house of Judah as rottenness.
Darby Bible Translation
And I will be unto Ephraim as a moth, and to the house of Judah as rottenness.
World English Bible
Therefore I am to Ephraim like a moth, and to the house of Judah like rottenness.
Young's Literal Translation
And I am as a moth to Ephraim, And as a rotten thing to the house of Judah.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Unto Ephraim as a moth - I will consume them by little and little, as a moth frets a garment.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
rottenness. or, a worm.
Library'Physicians of no Value'
'When Ephralm saw his sickness, and Judah saw his wound, then went Ephraim to Assyria, and sent to king Jareb: but he is not able to heal you, neither shall he cure you of your wound.'--HOSEA v. 13 (R.V.). The long tragedy which ended in the destruction of the Northern Kingdom by Assyrian invasion was already beginning to develop in Hosea's time. The mistaken politics of the kings of Israel led them to seek an ally where they should have dreaded an enemy. As Hosea puts it in figurative fashion, Ephraim's …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
The Assyrian Captivity
When you rebuke and discipline anyone for their sin, you consume their wealth like a moth-- surely everyone is but a breath.
Therefore, as tongues of fire lick up straw and as dry grass sinks down in the flames, so their roots will decay and their flowers blow away like dust; for they have rejected the law of the LORD Almighty and spurned the word of the Holy One of Israel.
For the moth will eat them up like a garment; the worm will devour them like wool. But my righteousness will last forever, my salvation through all generations."
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