New International Version
"Ephraim is like a dove, easily deceived and senseless-- now calling to Egypt, now turning to Assyria.
King James Bible
Ephraim also is like a silly dove without heart: they call to Egypt, they go to Assyria.
Darby Bible Translation
And Ephraim is become like a silly dove without understanding: they call to Egypt, they go to Assyria.
World English Bible
"Ephraim is like an easily deceived dove, without understanding. They call to Egypt. They go to Assyria.
Young's Literal Translation
And Ephraim is as a simple dove without heart, Egypt they called on -- to Asshur they have gone.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Ephraim also is like a silly dove without heart - A bird that has little understanding; that is easily snared and taken; that is careless about its own young, and seems to live without any kind of thought. It has been made, by those who, like itself, are without heart, the symbol of conjugal affection. Nothing worse could have been chosen, for the dove and its mate are continually quarrelling.
They call to Egypt, they go to Assyria - They strive to make these their allies and friends; but in this they showed that they were without heart, had not a sound understanding; for these were rival nations, and Israel could not attach itself to the one without incurring the jealousy and displeasure of the other. Thus, like the silly dove, they were constantly falling into snares; sometimes of the Egyptians, at others of the Assyrians. By the former they were betrayed; by the latter, ruined.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibraryOctober 6. "Ephraim, He Hath Mixed Himself" (Hos. vii. 8).
"Ephraim, he hath mixed himself" (Hos. vii. 8). It is a great thing to learn to take God first, and then He can afford to give us everything else, without the fear of its hurting us. As long as you want anything very much, especially more than you want God, it is an idol. But when you become satisfied with God, everything else so loses its charm that He can give it to you without harm, and then you can take just as much as you choose, and use it for His glory. There is no harm whatever in having …
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth
On the Animals
"I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.
my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. "Because you have rejected knowledge, I also reject you as my priests; because you have ignored the law of your God, I also will ignore your children.
to prostitution; old wine and new wine take away their understanding.
"Their deeds do not permit them to return to their God. A spirit of prostitution is in their heart; they do not acknowledge the LORD.
"When Ephraim saw his sickness, and Judah his sores, then Ephraim turned to Assyria, and sent to the great king for help. But he is not able to cure you, not able to heal your sores.
For they have gone up to Assyria like a wild donkey wandering alone. Ephraim has sold herself to lovers.
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.
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