Compare Translations for Hosea 8:7

Hosea 8:7 ASV
For they sow the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: he hath no standing grain; the blade shall yield no meal; if so be it yield, strangers shall swallow it up.
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Hosea 8:7 BBE
For they have been planting the wind, and their fruit will be the storm; his grain has no stem, it will give no meal, and if it does, a strange nation will take it.
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Hosea 8:7 CEB
Because they sow the wind, they will get the whirlwind. Standing grain, but no fresh growth; it will yield no meal; if it were to yield, strangers would devour it.
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Hosea 8:7 CJB
For they sow the wind, so they will reap the whirlwind. The standing grain has no ears, so it will yield no flour; and if it does yield any, foreigners will swallow it up.
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Hosea 8:7 RHE
For they shall sow wind, and reap a whirlwind, there is no standing stalk in it, the bud shall yield no meal; and if it should yield, strangers shall eat it.
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Hosea 8:7 ESV
For they sow the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind. The standing grain has no heads; it shall yield no flour; if it were to yield, strangers would devour it.
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Hosea 8:7 GW
"The people of Israel plant the wind, but they harvest a storm. A field of grain that doesn't ripen will never produce any grain. Even if it did produce grain, foreigners would eat it all.
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Hosea 8:7 GNT
When they sow the wind, they will reap a storm! A field of grain that doesn't ripen can never produce any bread. But even if it did, foreigners would eat it up.
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Hosea 8:7 HNV
For they sow the wind, And they will reap the whirlwind. He has no standing grain. The stalk will yield no head. If it does yield, strangers will swallow it up.
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Hosea 8:7 CSB
Indeed, they sow the wind and reap the whirlwind. There is no standing grain; what sprouts fails to yield flour. Even if they did, foreigners would swallow it up.
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Hosea 8:7 KJV
For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: it hath no stalk: the bud shall yield no meal: if so be it yield , the strangers shall swallow it up .
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Hosea 8:7 LEB
Because they sow the wind, they will reap the whirlwind. [The] standing grain does not have heads; it will not yield flour. [And] if it would yield, strangers would devour it.
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Hosea 8:7 NAS
For they sow the wind And they reap the whirlwind. The standing grain has no heads ; It yields no grain. Should it yield, strangers would swallow it up.
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Hosea 8:7 NCV
"Israel's foolish plans are like planting the wind, but they will harvest a storm. Like a stalk with no head of grain, it produces nothing. Even if it produced something, other nations would eat it.
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Hosea 8:7 NIRV
The LORD says, "Worshiping other gods is like worshiping the wind. It is like planting worthless seeds. Assyria is like a windstorm. That is all my people will harvest. There are no heads of grain on the stems that will come up. So they will not produce any flour. Even if they did produce grain, the Assyrians would eat all of it up.
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Hosea 8:7 NIV
"They sow the wind and reap the whirlwind. The stalk has no head; it will produce no flour. Were it to yield grain, foreigners would swallow it up.
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Hosea 8:7 NKJV
"They sow the wind, And reap the whirlwind. The stalk has no bud; It shall never produce meal. If it should produce, Aliens would swallow it up.
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Hosea 8:7 NLT
"They have planted the wind and will harvest the whirlwind. The stalks of wheat wither, producing no grain. And if there is any grain, foreigners will eat it.
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Hosea 8:7 NRS
For they sow the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind. The standing grain has no heads, it shall yield no meal; if it were to yield, foreigners would devour it.
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Hosea 8:7 RSV
For they sow the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind. The standing grain has no heads, it shall yield no meal; if it were to yield, aliens would devour it.
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Hosea 8:7 DBY
For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: it hath no stalk; should it sprout, it would yield no meal; if so be it yield, strangers shall swallow it up.
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Hosea 8:7 MSG
Look at them! Planting wind-seeds, they'll harvest tornadoes. Wheat with no head produces no flour. And even if it did, strangers would gulp it down.
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Hosea 8:7 WBT
For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: it hath no stalk: the bud shall yield no meal: if it shall yield, the strangers shall swallow it up.
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Hosea 8:7 TMB
For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind. It hath no stalk; the bud shall yield no meal. If so it shall yield, the strangers shall swallow it up.
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Hosea 8:7 TNIV
"They sow the wind and reap the whirlwind. The stalk has no head; it will produce no flour. Were it to yield grain, foreigners would swallow it up.
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Hosea 8:7 WEB
For they sow the wind, And they will reap the whirlwind. He has no standing grain. The stalk will yield no head. If it does yield, strangers will swallow it up.
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Hosea 8:7 WYC
For they shall sow wind, and they shall reap whirlwind. A stalk standing (up) is not in them, the seed shall not make meal; that if also it maketh meal, aliens shall eat it. (For they shall sow the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind. A standing stalk is not among them, the seed shall not make meal, or grain; and even if it maketh meal, foreigners, or strangers, shall eat it up.)
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Hosea 8:7 YLT
For wind they sow, and a hurricane they reap, Stalk it hath none -- a shoot not yielding grain, If so be it yield -- strangers do swallow it up.
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Hosea 8 Commentary - Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)

Chapter 8

Destruction threatened for the impiety of Israel. (1-4) For their idolatry. (5-10) Further threatenings for the same sins. (11-14)

Verses 1-4 When Israel was hard pressed, they would claim protection from God, but this would be disregarded. What stead will it stand in to say, My God, I know thee, if we cannot say, My God, I love thee, serve thee, and cleave to thee only?

Verses 5-10 They promised themselves plenty, peace, and victory, by worshipping idols, but their expectations came to nothing. What they sow has no stalk, no blade, or, if it have, the bud shall yield no fruit, there was nothing in them. The works of darkness are unfruitful; nay, the end of those things is death. The hopes of sinners will deceive them, and their gains will be snares. In times of danger, especially in the day of judgment, all carnal devices will fail. They take a course by themselves, and like a wild ass by himself, they will be the easier and surer prey for the lion. Man is in nothing more like the wild ass's colt, than in seeking for that succour and that satisfaction in the creature, which are to be had in God only. Though men may sorrow a little, yet if it is not after a godly sort, they will be brought to sorrow everlastingly.

Verses 11-14 It is a great sin to corrupt the worship of God, and will be charged as sin on all who do it, how plausible soever their excuses may seem to be. The Lord had caused his law to be written for them, but they cared not to know, and would not obey it. Man seems by the temples he builds to be mindful of his Maker, yet really he has forgotten him, because he has cast off all his fear; but none ever hardened his heart against God and prospered. So long as men despise the truths and precepts of God's word, and the ordinances of his worship, all the observances and offerings, however costly, of their own devising, will be unto them for sin; for those services only are acceptable to God, which are done according to his word, and through Jesus Christ.

Hosea 8 Commentary - Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

CHAPTER 8

Hosea 8:1-14 . PROPHECY OF THE IRRUPTION OF THE ASSYRIANS, IN PUNISHMENT FOR ISRAEL'S APOSTASY, IDOLATRY, AND SETTING UP OF KINGS WITHOUT GOD'S SANCTION.

In Hosea 8:14 , Judah is said to multiply fenced cities; and in Hosea 8:7-9 , Israel, to its great hurt, is said to have gone up to Assyria for help. This answers best to the reign of Menahem. For it was then that Uzziah of Judah, his contemporary, built fenced cities ( 2 Chronicles 26:6 2 Chronicles 26:9 2 Chronicles 26:10 ). Then also Israel turned to Assyria and had to pay for their sinful folly a thousand talents of silver ( 2 Kings 15:19 ) [MAURER].

1. Set the trumpet, &c.--to give warning of the approach of the enemy: "To thy palate (that is, 'mouth,' Job 31:30 , Margin) the trumpet"; the abruptness of expression indicates the suddenness of the attack. So Hosea 5:8 .
as . . . eagle--the Assyrian ( Deuteronomy 28:49 , Jeremiah 48:40 , Habakkuk 1:8 ).
against . . . house of . . . Lord--not the temple, but Israel viewed as the family of God ( Hosea 9:15 , Numbers 12:7 , Zechariah 9:8 , Hebrews 3:2 , 1 Timothy 3:15 , 1 Peter 4:17 ).

2. My God, we know thee--the singular, "My," is used distributively, each one so addressing God. They, in their hour of need, plead their knowledge of God as the covenant-people, while in their acts they acknowledge Him not (compare Matthew 7:21 Matthew 7:22 , Titus 1:16 ; also Isaiah 29:13 , Jeremiah 7:4 ). The Hebrew joins "Israel," not as English Version, with "shall cry," but "We, Israel, know thee"; God denies the claim thus urged on the ground of their descent from Israel.

3. Israel--God repeats the name in opposition to their use of it ( Hosea 8:2 ).
the thing that is good--JEROME translates, "God" who is good and doing good ( Psalms 119:68 ). He is the chief object rejected, but with Him also all that is good.
the enemy shall pursue him--in just retribution from God.

4. kings . . . not by me--not with My sanction ( 1 Kings 11:31 , 12:20 ). Israel set up Jeroboam and his successors, whereas God had appointed the house of David as the rightful kings of the whole nation.
I knew it not--I approved it not ( Psalms 1:6 ).
of . . . gold . . . idols--( Hosea 2:8 , 13:2 ).
that they may be cut off--that is, though warned of the consequences of idolatry, as it were with open eyes they rushed on their own destruction. So Jeremiah 27:10 Jeremiah 27:15 , 44:8 .

5. hath cast thee off--As the ellipsis of thee is unusual, MAURER translates, "thy calf is abominable." But the antithesis to Hosea 8:3 establishes English Version, "Israel hath cast off the thing that is good"; therefore, in just retribution, "thy calf hath cast thee off," that is, is made by God the cause of thy being cast off ( Hosea 10:15 ). Jeroboam, during his sojourn in Egypt, saw Apis worshipped at Memphis, and Mnevis at Heliopolis, in the form of an ox; this, and the temple cherubim, suggested the idea of the calves set up at Dan and Beth-el.
how long . . . ere they attain to innocency?--How long will they be incapable of bearing innocency? [MAURER].

6. from Israel was it--that is, the calf originated with them, not from Me. "It also," as well as their "kings set up" by them, "but not by Me" ( Hosea 8:4 ).

7. sown . . . reap--( Proverbs 22:8 , Galatians 6:7 ). "Sow . . . wind," that is, to make the vain show of worship, while faith and obedience are wanting [CALVIN]. Rather, to offer senseless supplications to the calves for good harvests (compare Hosea 2:8 ); the result being that God will make them "reap no stalk," that is, "standing corn." Also, the phraseology proverbially means that all their undertakings shall be profitless ( Proverbs 11:29 , Ecclesiastes 5:16 ).
the bud--or, "growth."
strangers--foreigners ( Hosea 7:9 ).

8. vessel wherein is no pleasure--( Psalms 41:12 , Jeremiah 22:28 , 48:38 ).

9. gone . . . to Assyria--referring to Menahem's application for Pul's aid in establishing him on the throne (compare Hosea 5:13 , 7:11 ). Menahem's name is read in the inscriptions in the southwest palace of Nimrod, as a tributary to the Assyrian king in his eighth year. The dynasty of Pul, or Phalluka, was supplanted at Nineveh by that of Tiglath-pileser, about 768 (or 760) B.C. Semiramis seems to have been Pul's wife, and to have withdrawn to Babylon in 768; and her son, Nabonassar, succeeding after a period of confusion, originated "the era of Nabonassar," 747 B.C. [G. V. SMITH]. Usually foreigners coming to Israel's land were said to "go up"; here it is the reverse, to intimate Israel's sunken state, and Assyria's superiority.
wild ass--a figure of Israel's headstrong perversity in following her own bent ( Jeremiah 2:24 ).
alone by himself--characteristic of Israel in all ages: "lo, the people shall dwell alone" ( Numbers 23:9 ; compare Job 39:5-8 ).
hired lovers--reversing the ordinary way, namely, that lovers should hire her ( Ezekiel 16:33 Ezekiel 16:34 ).

10. will I gather them--namely, the nations (Assyria, &c.) against Israel, instead of their assisting her as she had wished ( Ezekiel 16:37 ).
a little--rather, "in a little" [HENDERSON]. English Version gives good sense: They shall sorrow "a little" at the imposition of the tribute; God suspended yet the great judgment, namely, their deportation by Assyria.
the burden of the king of princes--the tribute imposed on Israel (under Menahem) by the Assyrian king Pul, ( 2 Kings 15:19-22 ), who had many "princes" under his sway ( Isaiah 10:8 ).

11. God in righteous retribution gives them up to their own way; the sin becomes its own punishment ( Proverbs 1:31 ).
many altars--in opposition to God's law ( Deuteronomy 12:5 Deuteronomy 12:6 Deuteronomy 12:13 Deuteronomy 12:14 ).
to sin . . . to sin--Their altars which were "sin" (whatever religious intentions they might plead) should be treated as such, and be the source of their punishment ( 1 Kings 12:30 , 13:34 ).

12. great things of . . . law--( Deuteronomy 4:6 Deuteronomy 4:8 , Psalms 19:8 , Psalms 119:18 Psalms 119:72 , Psalms 147:19 Psalms 147:20 ). MAURER not so well translates, "the many things of My law."
my law--as opposed to their inventions. This reference of Hosea to the Pentateuch alone is against the theory that some earlier written prophecies have not come down to us.
strange thing--as if a thing with which they had nothing to do.

13. sacrifices of mine offerings--that is, which they offer to Me.
eat it--Their own carnal gratification is the object which they seek, not My honor.
now--that is, "speedily."
shall return to Egypt--( Hosea 9:3 Hosea 9:6 , 11:11 ). The same threat as in Deuteronomy 28:68 . They fled thither to escape from the Assyrians (compare as to Judah, Jeremiah 42:1-44:30'), when these latter had overthrown

14. forgotten . . . Maker--( Deuteronomy 32:18 ).
temples--to idols.
Judah . . . fenced cities--Judah, though less idolatrous than Israel, betrayed lack of faith in Jehovah by trusting more to its fenced cities than to Him; instead of making peace with God, Judah multiplied human defenses ( Isaiah 22:8 , Jeremiah 5:17 , Micah 5:10 Micah 5:11 ).
I will send . . . fire upon . . . cities--Sennacherib burned all Judah's fenced cities except Jerusalem ( 2 Kings 18:13 ).
palaces thereof--namely, of the land. Compare as to Jerusalem, Jeremiah 17:27 .