Hosea 9:16
New International Version
Ephraim is blighted, their root is withered, they yield no fruit. Even if they bear children, I will slay their cherished offspring."

New Living Translation
The people of Israel are struck down. Their roots are dried up, and they will bear no more fruit. And if they give birth, I will slaughter their beloved children.”

English Standard Version
Ephraim is stricken; their root is dried up; they shall bear no fruit. Even though they give birth, I will put their beloved children to death.

Berean Study Bible
Ephraim is struck down; their root is withered; they cannot bear fruit. Even if they bear children, I will slay the darlings of their wombs.

King James Bible
Ephraim is smitten, their root is dried up, they shall bear no fruit: yea, though they bring forth, yet will I slay even the beloved fruit of their womb.

New King James Version
Ephraim is stricken, Their root is dried up; They shall bear no fruit. Yes, were they to bear children, I would kill the darlings of their womb.”

New American Standard Bible
Ephraim is stricken, their root is dried up, They will produce no fruit. Even though they give birth to children, I will put to death the precious ones of their womb.

NASB 1995
Ephraim is stricken, their root is dried up, They will bear no fruit. Even though they bear children, I will slay the precious ones of their womb.

NASB 1977
Ephraim is stricken, their root is dried up, They will bear no fruit. Even though they bear children, I will slay the precious ones of their womb.

Amplified Bible
Ephraim is stricken, their root is dried up, They will bear no fruit. Even though they give birth, I will slay the precious children of their womb.

Christian Standard Bible
Ephraim is struck down; their roots are withered; they cannot bear fruit. Even if they bear children, I will kill the precious offspring of their wombs.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Ephraim is struck down; their roots are withered; they cannot bear fruit. Even if they bear children, I will kill the precious offspring of their wombs.

American Standard Version
Ephraim is smitten, their root is dried up, they shall bear no fruit: yea, though they bring forth, yet will I slay the beloved fruit of their womb.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Ephraim is sick, he is dried up at his roots, he shall in no wise any more bear fruit: wherefore even if they should beget children, I will kill the desired fruit of their womb.

Contemporary English Version
Israel, you are a vine with dried-up roots and fruitless branches. Even if you had more children and loved them dearly, I would slaughter them all.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Ephraim is struck, their root is dried up, they shall yield no fruit. And if they should have issue, I will slay the best beloved fruit of their womb.

English Revised Version
Ephraim is smitten, their root is dried up, they shall bear no fruit: yea, though they bring forth, yet will I slay the beloved fruit of their womb.

Good News Translation
The people of Israel are like a plant whose roots have dried up and which bears no fruit. They will have no children, but even if they did, I would kill the children so dear to them."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"The people of Ephraim are like sick plants. Their roots are dried up. They have no fruit. Even if they were to have children, I would kill their dear children."

International Standard Version
Ephraim is blighted; its roots shriveled. It can bear no fruit. Even if they bear children, I will kill their cherished offspring.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Ephraim is smitten, Their root is dried up, They shall bear no fruit; Yea, though they bring forth, Yet will I slay the beloved fruit of their womb.

Literal Standard Version
Ephraim has been struck, "" Their root has dried up, they do not yield fruit, "" Indeed, though they bring forth, "" I have put to death the desired of their womb.

NET Bible
Ephraim will be struck down--their root will be dried up; they will not yield any fruit. Even if they do bear children, I will kill their precious offspring.

New Heart English Bible
Ephraim is struck. Their root has dried up. They will bear no fruit. Even though they bring forth, yet I will kill the beloved ones of their womb."

World English Bible
Ephraim is struck. Their root has dried up. They will bear no fruit. Even though they bring forth, yet I will kill the beloved ones of their womb."

Young's Literal Translation
Ephraim hath been smitten, Their root hath dried up, fruit they yield not, Yea, though they bring forth, I have put to death the desired of their womb.

Additional Translations ...
Study Bible
Hosea Announces Israel's Punishment
15All their evil appears at Gilgal, for there I hated them. I will drive them from My house for the wickedness of their deeds. I will no longer love them; all their leaders are rebellious. 16Ephraim is struck down; their root is withered; they cannot bear fruit. Even if they bear children, I will slay the darlings of their wombs. 17My God will reject them because they have not obeyed Him; and they shall be wanderers among the nations.…

Cross References
Job 18:16
The roots beneath him dry up, and the branches above him wither away.

Ezekiel 24:21
Tell the house of Israel that this is what the Lord GOD says: 'I am about to desecrate My sanctuary, the pride of your power, the desire of your eyes, and the delight of your soul. And the sons and daughters you left behind will fall by the sword.'

Hosea 5:11
Ephraim is oppressed, crushed in judgment, for he is determined to follow worthless idols.

Hosea 8:7
For they sow the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind. There is no standing grain; what sprouts fails to yield flour. Even if it should produce, the foreigners would swallow it up.


Treasury of Scripture

Ephraim is smitten, their root is dried up, they shall bear no fruit: yes, though they bring forth, yet will I slay even the beloved fruit of their womb.

their root.

Hosea 9:11-13
As for Ephraim, their glory shall fly away like a bird, from the birth, and from the womb, and from the conception…

Job 18:16
His roots shall be dried up beneath, and above shall his branch be cut off.

Isaiah 5:24
Therefore as the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast away the law of the LORD of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.

the beloved fruit.

Ezekiel 24:21
Speak unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will profane my sanctuary, the excellency of your strength, the desire of your eyes, and that which your soul pitieth; and your sons and your daughters whom ye have left shall fall by the sword.









(16) They shall bear no fruit.--Ephraim, whose very name signifies fruitfulness.



Parallel Commentaries ...


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

is struck down;
הֻכָּ֣ה (huk·kāh)
Verb - Hofal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5221: To strike

their root
שָׁרְשָׁ֥ם (šā·rə·šām)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 8328: A root

is withered;
יָבֵ֖שׁ (yā·ḇêš)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3001: To be ashamed, confused, disappointed, to dry up, wither

they cannot bear
יַעֲשׂ֑וּן (ya·‘ă·śūn)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural | Paragogic nun
Strong's Hebrew 1077: A failure, nothing, not at all, lest

fruit.
פְּרִ֣י (pə·rî)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6529: Fruit

Even
גַּ֚ם (gam)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 1571: Assemblage, also, even, yea, though, both, and

if
כִּ֣י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

they bear children,
יֵֽלֵד֔וּן (yê·lê·ḏūn)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural | Paragogic nun
Strong's Hebrew 3205: To bear young, to beget, medically, to act as midwife, to show lineage

I will slay
וְהֵמַתִּ֖י (wə·hê·mat·tî)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Conjunctive perfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 4191: To die, to kill

the darlings
מַחֲמַדֵּ֥י (ma·ḥă·mad·dê)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 4261: Delightful, a delight, object of affection, desire

of their wombs.
בִטְנָֽם׃ (ḇiṭ·nām)
Noun - feminine singular construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 990: The belly, the womb, the bosom, body of anything


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