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Hosea 8:3

    Hosea 8:3 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Israel hath cast off the thing that is good: the enemy shall pursue him.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Israel has cast off the thing that is good: the enemy shall pursue him.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Israel hath cast off that which is good: the enemy shall pursue him.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Israel has given up what is good; his haters will go after him.

    Webster's Revision

    Israel hath cast off that which is good: the enemy shall pursue him.

    World English Bible

    Israel has cast off that which is good. The enemy will pursue him.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Israel hath cast off that which is good: the enemy shall pursue him.

    Definitions for Hosea 8:3

    Cast - Worn-out; old; cast-off.

    Barnes' Notes on Hosea 8:3

    Israel has cast off the thing that is good - Or (since the word means "to cast off with abhorrence" "Israel hath east off and abhorred Good," both "Him who is Good" and "that which is good." The word "tob" includes both. They rejected good in rejecting God , "Who is simply, supremely, wholly, universally good, and good to all, the Author and Fountain of all good, so that there is nothing simply good but God; nothing worthy of that title, except in respect of its relation to Him who is "good and doining good" Psalm 119:68. So then whatsoever any man hath or enjoys of good, is from his relation to Him, his nearness to Him, his congruity with Him. "The drawing near to God is good to me" Psalm 73:28. All that any man hath of good, is from his being near to God, and his being, as far as human condition is capable of, like unto Him. So that they who are far from Him, and put Him far from them, necessarily "cast off" all that is "good."

    The enemy shall pursue him - "Forsaking God, and forsaken by Him, they must needs be laid open to all evils." The "enemy," i. e., the Assyrian, "shall pursue him." This is according to the curse, denounced against them in the law, if they should forsake the Lord, and break His covenant, and "not hearken to His voice to observe to do His commandments" Deuteronomy 28:15-25.