Hosea 4:17
New International Version
Ephraim is joined to idols; leave him alone!

New Living Translation
Leave Israel alone, because she is married to idolatry.

English Standard Version
Ephraim is joined to idols; leave him alone.

Berean Study Bible
Ephraim is joined to idols; leave him alone!

King James Bible
Ephraim is joined to idols: let him alone.

New King James Version
“Ephraim is joined to idols, Let him alone.

New American Standard Bible
Ephraim is allied with idols; Leave him alone.

NASB 1995
Ephraim is joined to idols; Let him alone.

NASB 1977
Ephraim is joined to idols; Let him alone.

Amplified Bible
Ephraim is joined to idols, So let him alone [to suffer the consequences].

Christian Standard Bible
Ephraim is attached to idols; leave him alone!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Ephraim is attached to idols; leave him alone!

American Standard Version
Ephraim is joined to idols; let him alone.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Aphreim is a partner of idols; leave him!

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Ephraim, joined with idols, has laid stumbling-blocks in his own way.

Contemporary English Version
You people of Israel are charmed by idols. Leave those people alone!

Douay-Rheims Bible
Ephraim is a partaker with idols, let him alone.

English Revised Version
Ephraim is joined to idols; let him alone.

Good News Translation
The people of Israel are under the spell of idols. Let them go their own way.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The people of Ephraim have chosen to worship idols. Leave them alone!

International Standard Version
Ephraim has become entwined with idols; leave him alone!

JPS Tanakh 1917
Ephraim is joined to idols; Let him alone.

Literal Standard Version
Ephraim is joined to idols, leave him alone.

NET Bible
Ephraim has attached himself to idols; Do not go near him!

New Heart English Bible
Ephraim, joined to idols, has placed stumbling blocks against himself.

World English Bible
Ephraim is joined to idols. Leave him alone!

Young's Literal Translation
Joined to idols is Ephraim, let him alone.

Additional Translations ...
Context
God's Charges Against Israel
16For Israel is as obstinate as a stubborn heifer. Can the LORD now shepherd them like lambs in an open meadow? 17Ephraim is joined to idols; leave him alone! 18When their liquor is gone, they turn to prostitution; their rulers dearly love disgrace.…

Cross References
Psalm 81:12
So I gave them up to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices.

Hosea 4:4
But let no man contend; let no man offer reproof; for your people are like those who contend with a priest.

Hosea 11:6
A sword will flash through their cities; it will destroy the bars of their gates and consume them in their own plans.

Hosea 13:2
Now they sin more and more and make for themselves cast images, idols skillfully made from their silver, all of them the work of craftsmen. People say of them, "They offer human sacrifice and kiss the calves!"


Treasury of Scripture

Ephraim is joined to idols: let him alone.

Ephraim.

Hosea 11:2
As they called them, so they went from them: they sacrificed unto Baalim, and burned incense to graven images.

Hosea 12:1
Ephraim feedeth on wind, and followeth after the east wind: he daily increaseth lies and desolation; and they do make a covenant with the Assyrians, and oil is carried into Egypt.

Hosea 13:2
And now they sin more and more, and have made them molten images of their silver, and idols according to their own understanding, all of it the work of the craftsmen: they say of them, Let the men that sacrifice kiss the calves.

let.

Hosea 4:4
Yet let no man strive, nor reprove another: for thy people are as they that strive with the priest.

Psalm 81:12
So I gave them up unto their own hearts' lust: and they walked in their own counsels.

Matthew 15:14
Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.









(17) Ephraim . . . idols.--The prophet calls on Judah to leave Ephraim to himself. The Jewish interpreters Rashi and Kimchi understand this as the appeal of Jehovah to the prophet to leave Israel to her fate, that so perhaps her eyes might be opened to discern her doom.

Verse 17. - Ephraim is joined to idols: let him alone. Ephraim being the dominant tribe, gave its name to the northern kingdom. The idols were Ephraim's folly, and to that they were wedded; and in consequence they are left to their folly, and at the same time surrendered to their fate. They may persist in their folly; they cannot be prevented. "Give him rest," as the words literally mean, from exhortations and expostulations, from remonstrances and reproofs; he will persist in his folly, prepare for his fate, and perish by his sin. This abandonment of Ephraim proves the desperate nature of his case. Left to his own recklessness, he is rushing towards ruin. Judah is warned to stand aloof from the contagion, lest by interference he might get implicated in the sin and involved in the punishment of Ephraim. The Hebrew commentators express the word rendered "joined to" in the Authorized Version (ver. 17) by words importing "yoked to," "allied with," and "cleaving to." Again, הַנַה, imperative of הֵנִחַ, is explained by them as follows: - Rashi: "Leave off, O prophet, and prophesy not to reprove him, for it is of no use." Aben Ezra: "Let him alone till God shall chastise him; perhaps his eyes shall then open." Kimchi: "Jehovah says to the prophet, Cease to reprove him, for it is of no use .... As a man who is angry with his fellow, because he will not hearken to him when he reproves him, and says, Since thou hearkenest not to me, I will cease for ever to reprove thee."

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Ephraim
אֶפְרָ֖יִם (’ep̄·rā·yim)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 669: Ephraim -- a son of Joseph, also his descendants and their territory

is joined
חֲב֧וּר (ḥă·ḇūr)
Verb - Qal - QalPassParticiple - masculine singular construct
Strong's 2266: To unite, be joined, to tie a magic knot or spell, to charm

to idols;
עֲצַבִּ֛ים (‘ă·ṣab·bîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 6091: An, image

leave him alone!
הַֽנַּֽח־ (han·naḥ-)
Verb - Hifil - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's 3240: Bestow, cast down, lay down, up, leave off, let alone remain, pacify, place,


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