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Hosea 4:5

    Hosea 4:5 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Therefore shalt thou fall in the day, and the prophet also shall fall with thee in the night, and I will destroy thy mother.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Therefore shall you fall in the day, and the prophet also shall fall with you in the night, and I will destroy your mother.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And thou shalt stumble in the day, and the prophet also shall stumble with thee in the night; and I will destroy thy mother.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    You will not be able to keep on your feet by day, and by night the prophet will be falling down with you, and I will give your mother to destruction.

    Webster's Revision

    And thou shalt stumble in the day, and the prophet also shall stumble with thee in the night; and I will destroy thy mother.

    World English Bible

    You will stumble in the day, and the prophet will also stumble with you in the night; and I will destroy your mother.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And thou shalt stumble in the day, and the prophet also shall stumble with thee in the night; and I will destroy thy mother.

    Clarke's Commentary on Hosea 4:5

    Therefore shalt thou fall in the day - In the most open and public manner, without snare or ambush.

    And the prophet also shall fall - in the night - The false prophet, when employed in taking prognostications from stars, meteors, etc.

    And I will destroy thy mother - The metropolis or mother city. Jerusalem or Samaria is meant.

    Barnes' Notes on Hosea 4:5

    Therefore shalt thou fall - The two parts of the verse fill up each other. "By day and by night shall they fall, people and prophets together." Their calamities should come upon them successively, day and night. They should stumble by day, when there is least fear of stumbling John 11:9-10; and night should not by its darkness protect them. Evil should come "at noon-day" Jeremiah 15:8 upon them, seeing it, but unable to repel it; as Isaiah speaks of it as an aggravation of trouble, "thy land strangers devour it in thy presence" Isaiah 1:7; and the false prophets, who saw their visions in the night, should themselves be overwhelmed in the darkness, blinded by moral, perishing in actual, darkness.

    And I will destroy thy mother - Individuals are spoken of as the children; the whole nation, as the mother. He denounces then the destruction of all, collectively and individually. They were to be cut off, root and branch. They were to lose their collective existence as a nation; and, lest private persons should flatter themselves with hope of escape, it is said to them, as if one by one, "thou shalt fall."

    Wesley's Notes on Hosea 4:5

    4:5 Therefore - The prophet turns his speech to the people, thou O Israel; he speaks to them as to one person. Fall - Stumble, and fall, and be broken. This day - Very suddenly; your fall shall be no longer delayed. The prophet - Prophesied lies. In the night - In the darkest calamities. Thy mother - Both the state, or kingdom; and the synagogues, or churches: the publick is as a mother to private persons, so all shall be destroyed.