New American Standard Bible
But turned back and acted treacherously like their fathers; They turned aside like a treacherous bow.
King James Bible
But turned back, and dealt unfaithfully like their fathers: they were turned aside like a deceitful bow.
Darby Bible Translation
And they drew back and dealt treacherously like their fathers: they turned like a deceitful bow.
World English Bible
but turned back, and dealt treacherously like their fathers. They were turned aside like a deceitful bow.
Young's Literal Translation
And they turn back, And deal treacherously like their fathers, They have been turned like a deceitful bow,
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
But turned back ... - See the notes at Psalm 78:41.
They were turned aside like a deceitful bow - literally, a bow of deceit. That is, a bow that could not be depended on; a bow, one of whose arms was longer or more elastic than the other, so that the arrow would turn aside from the mark. The marksman would attempt to hit an object, and would fail. So it was with the people of Israel. They could not be depended on. No reliance could be put on their promises, their covenant-engagements, their attachment, their fidelity, for in these things they failed, as the arrow from a deceitful bow would fail to strike the mark. Their whole history shows how just was this charge; alas! the history of many of the professed people of God has shown how applicable the description has been to them also.
Among such sins of the first table is that described in our text. It is consequently one of the masterpieces of iniquity, and we shall do well to purge ourselves of it. It is full of evil to ourselves, and is calculated to dishonor both God and man, therefore let us be in earnest to cut it up both root and branch. I think we have all been guilty of this in our measure; and we are not free from it even to this day. Whether we be saints or sinners, we may stand here and make our humble confession that …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 5: 1859
"The Sun of Righteousness"
A Jealous God
All this has come upon us, but we have not forgotten You, And we have not dealt falsely with Your covenant.
Our heart has not turned back, And our steps have not deviated from Your way,
The sons of Ephraim were archers equipped with bows, Yet they turned back in the day of battle.
I will hear what God the LORD will say; For He will speak peace to His people, to His godly ones; But let them not turn back to folly.
We have sinned like our fathers, We have committed iniquity, we have behaved wickedly.
"Therefore, son of man, speak to the house of Israel and say to them, 'Thus says the Lord GOD, "Yet in this your fathers have blasphemed Me by acting treacherously against Me.
"When I had brought them into the land which I swore to give to them, then they saw every high hill and every leafy tree, and they offered there their sacrifices and there they presented the provocation of their offering. There also they made their soothing aroma and there they poured out their drink offerings.
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