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Hosea 4:17

    Hosea 4:17 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Ephraim is joined to idols: let him alone.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Ephraim is joined to idols: let him alone.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Ephraim is joined to idols; let him alone.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Ephraim is joined to false gods; let him be.

    Webster's Revision

    Ephraim is joined to idols; let him alone.

    World English Bible

    Ephraim is joined to idols. Leave him alone!

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Ephraim is joined to idols; let him alone.

    Definitions for Hosea 4:17

    Let - To hinder or obstruct.

    Clarke's Commentary on Hosea 4:17

    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.

    Barnes' Notes on Hosea 4:17

    Ephraim is joined to idols - that is, banded, bound up with them, "associated," as the word means, with them so as to cleave to them, willing neither to part with nor to be parted from, them. The idols are called by a name, denoting toils; with toil they were fashioned, and, when fashioned, they were a toil and grief.

    Let him alone - Literally, give him rest, i. e., from all further expostulations, which he will not hear. It is an abandonment of Israel for the time, as in the prophet Ezekiel, "As for you, O house of Israel, thus saith the Lord God, go ye, serve ye every one his idols" Ezekiel 20:39. Sinners often long not to be tormented by conscience or by God's warnings. To be left so, is to be abandoned by God, as one whose case is desperate. God will not, while there is hope, leave a man to sleep in sin; for so the numbness of the soul increases, until, like those who fall asleep amid extreme cold of the body, it never awakes.

    Wesley's Notes on Hosea 4:17

    4:17 Ephraim - The children of Ephraim were numerous and potent, and here put for the whole ten tribes. Let him alone - He is obstinate, as such, throw him up.