English Standard Version
Behold, I will stir them up from the place to which you have sold them, and I will return your payment on your own head.
King James Bible
Behold, I will raise them out of the place whither ye have sold them, and will return your recompence upon your own head:
American Standard Version
behold, I will stir them up out of the place whither ye have sold them, and will return your recompense upon your own head;
Behold, I will raise them up out of the place wherein you have sold them: and I will return your recompense upon your own heads.
English Revised Version
behold, I will stir them up out of the place whither ye have sold them, and will return your recompence upon your own head;
Webster's Bible Translation
Behold, I will raise them out of the place whither ye have sold them, and will return your recompense upon your own head:
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CommentaryKeil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament
This will Israel reap from its ungodly conduct. Hosea 8:7. "For they sow wind, and reap tempest: it has no stalks; shoot brings no fruit; and even if it brought it, foreigners would devour it." With this figure, which is so frequently and so variously used (cf. Hosea 10:13; Hosea 12:2; Job 4:8; Proverbs 22:8), the threat is accounted for by a general thought taken from life. The harvest answers to the sowing (cf. Galatians 6:7-8). Out of the wind comes tempest. Wind is a figurative representation of human exertions; the tempest, of destruction. Instead of rūăch we have און, עמל, עולה (nothingness, weariness, wickedness) in Hosea 10:13; Job 4:8, and Proverbs 22:8. In the second hemistich the figure is carried out still further. קמה, "seed standing upon the stalk," is not to it (viz., that which has been sowed). Tsemach brings no qemach, - a play upon the words, answering to our shoot and fruit. Qemach: generally meal, here probably the grain-bearing ear, from which the meal is obtained. But even if the shoot, when grown, should yield some meal, strangers, i.e., foreigners, would consume it. In these words not only are the people threatened with failure of the crop; but the failure and worthlessness of all that they do are here predicted. Not only the corn of Israel, but Israel itself, will be swallowed up.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Fear not, for I am with you; I will bring your offspring from the east, and from the west I will gather you.
I will say to the north, Give up, and to the south, Do not withhold; bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the end of the earth,
"The sound of an uproar from the city! A sound from the temple! The sound of the LORD, rendering recompense to his enemies!
but 'As the LORD lives who brought up and led the offspring of the house of Israel out of the north country and out of all the countries where he had driven them.' Then they shall dwell in their own land."
For I have bent Judah as my bow; I have made Ephraim its arrow. I will stir up your sons, O Zion, against your sons, O Greece, and wield you like a warrior's sword.
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