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Hosea 4:11

11 to prostitution; old wine and new wine take away their understanding.

Hosea 4:11 in Other Translations

11 Whoredom and wine and new wine take away the heart.
11 whoredom, wine, and new wine, which take away the understanding.
11 to worship other gods. “Wine has robbed my people of their understanding.
11 "Wine and whiskey leave my people in a stupor.
11 Promiscuity, wine, and new wine take away [one's] understanding.

Hosea 4:11 Meaning and Commentary

Hosea 4:11

Whoredom and wine, and new wine, take away the heart.
] Uncleanness and intemperance besot men, deprive them of reason and judgment, and even of common sense, make them downright fools, and so stupid as to do the following things; or they take away the heart from following the Lord, and taking heed to him, and lead to idolatry; or they "occupy" F26 the heart, and fill it up, and cause it to prefer sensual lusts and pleasures to the fear and love of God: their stupidity brought on hereby is exposed in the next verse; though it seems chiefly to respect the priests, who erred in vision through wine and strong drink, and stumbled in judgment, ( Isaiah 28:7 ) .


F26 (bl xqy) "occupant cor", so some in Calvin and Rivet; "occupavit cor", Schmidt.

Hosea 4:11 In-Context

9 And it will be: Like people, like priests. I will punish both of them for their ways and repay them for their deeds.
10 “They will eat but not have enough; they will engage in prostitution but not flourish, because they have deserted the LORDto give themselves
11 to prostitution; old wine and new wine take away their understanding.
12 My people consult a wooden idol, and a diviner’s rod speaks to them. A spirit of prostitution leads them astray; they are unfaithful to their God.
13 They sacrifice on the mountaintops and burn offerings on the hills, under oak, poplar and terebinth, where the shade is pleasant. Therefore your daughters turn to prostitution and your daughters-in-law to adultery.

Cross References 3

  • 1. ver 14; Hosea 5:4
  • 2. S Leviticus 10:9; S 1 Samuel 25:36
  • 3. S Proverbs 20:1