New International Version
Then they will say, "We have no king because we did not revere the LORD. But even if we had a king, what could he do for us?"
King James Bible
For now they shall say, We have no king, because we feared not the LORD; what then should a king do to us?
Darby Bible Translation
For now they will say, We have no king, for we feared not Jehovah; and a king, what can he do for us?
World English Bible
Surely now they will say, "We have no king; for we don't fear Yahweh; and the king, what can he do for us?"
Young's Literal Translation
For now they say: We have no king, Because we have not feared Jehovah, And the king -- what doth he for us?
Hosea 10:3 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
We have no king - We have rejected the King of kings; and had we any king, he would be of no service to us in this state, as he would be a captive like ourselves; nor could we have the approbation of God, as we now justly lie under his displeasure.
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Yet if you persist in doing evil, both you and your king will perish."
those who say, "By our tongues we will prevail; our own lips will defend us--who is lord over us?"
to those who say, "Let God hurry; let him hasten his work so we may see it. The plan of the Holy One of Israel-- let it approach, let it come into view, so we may know it."
For the Israelites will live many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or sacred stones, without ephod or household gods.
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