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Hosea 7:15

    Hosea 7:15 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Though I have bound and strengthened their arms, yet do they imagine mischief against me.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Though I have bound and strengthened their arms, yet do they imagine mischief against me.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Though I have taught and strengthened their arms, yet do they devise mischief against me.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Though I have given training and strength to their arms, they have evil designs against me.

    Webster's Revision

    Though I have taught and strengthened their arms, yet do they devise mischief against me.

    World English Bible

    Though I have taught and strengthened their arms, yet they plot evil against me.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Though I have taught and strengthened their arms, yet do they imagine mischief against me.

    Definitions for Hosea 7:15

    Bound - Landmark.

    Clarke's Commentary on Hosea 7:15

    Though I have bound and strengthened their arms - Whether I dealt with them in judgment or mercy, it was all one; in all circumstances they rebelled against me.

    Barnes' Notes on Hosea 7:15

    Though I have bound - Rather, (as in the E. M) "And I have chastened, I have strenghened their arms, and they imagine mischief against Me." God had tried all ways with them, but it was all one. He chastened them in love, and in love He strengthened them; He brought the enemy upon them, (as aforetime in the days of the Judges,) and He gave them strength to repel the enemy; as He raised up judges of old, and lately had fulfilled His promise which He had made to Joash through Elisha. But it was all in vain. Whatever God did, Israel was still the same. All only issued in further evil. The prophet sums up in four words all God's varied methods for their recovery, and then sets over against them the one result, fresh rebellion on the part of His creatures and His people.

    They imagine - Or "devise mischief against Me." The order in the Hebrew is emphatic, "and against Me they devise evil;" i. e., "against Me," who had thus tried all the resources and methods of divine wisdom to reclaim them, "they devise evil." These are words of great condescension. For the creature can neither hurt nor profit the Creator. But since God vouchsafed to be their King, He deigned to look upon their rebellions, as so many efforts to injure Him. All God's creatures are made for His glory, and on earth, chiefly man; and among men, chiefly those whom He had chosen as His people. In that, then, they set themselves to diminish that glory, giving to idols (see Isaiah 42:8), they, as far as in them lay, "devised evil against" Him. Man would dethrone God, if he could.

    Wesley's Notes on Hosea 7:15

    7:15 Bound - As a surgeon binds up a weak member, or a broken one; so did God for Ephraim, when the Syrians and other enemies had broken their arms. Imagine mischief - They devise mischief against my prophets, and let loose the reins to all impieties.