New International Version
Ephraim boasts, "I am very rich; I have become wealthy. With all my wealth they will not find in me any iniquity or sin."
King James Bible
And Ephraim said, Yet I am become rich, I have found me out substance: in all my labours they shall find none iniquity in me that were sin.
Darby Bible Translation
And Ephraim saith, Nevertheless I am become rich, I have found me out substance; in all my labours they shall find none iniquity in me that were sin.
World English Bible
Ephraim said, "Surely I have become rich, I have found myself wealth. In all my wealth they won't find in me any iniquity that is sin."
Young's Literal Translation
And Ephraim saith: 'Surely I have become rich, I have found wealth for myself, All my labours -- they find not against me iniquity that is sin.'
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
I am become rich - They boasted in their riches, notwithstanding the unjust manner in which they were acquired.
In all my labors they shall find none iniquity in me - This is frequently the language of merchants, tradesmen, etc. None are so full of professions of equity and justice, while all the time they are endeavoring to overreach, both in buying and selling. "Sir, I cannot afford it at that price." "It is not mine for that money." "I assure you that it cost me more than you offer." "I am sorry I cannot take your money; but if I did, I should lose by the article," etc., etc., etc. I have heard such language over and over, when I knew every word was false. Truth is a sacred thing in the sight of God; but who regards it as he should? There are, however, many noble exceptions among merchants and tradesmen. Bp. Newcome gives another turn to the subject, by translating: -
"All his labors shall not be found profitable unto him,
For the iniquity wherewith he hath sinned."
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
in all, etc. or, all my labours suffice me not; he shall have punishment of iniquity in whom is sin. they.
that. Heb. which.
Now it struck me that God is every day preaching to us by similitudes. When Christ was on earth he preached in parables, and, though he is in heaven now, he is preaching in parables to-day. Providence is God's sermon. The things which we see about us are God's thoughts and God's words to us; and if we were but wise there is not a step that we take, which me should not find to be full of mighty instruction. O ye sons of men! God warns you every day by his own word; he speaks to you by the lips of …
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The Prophet Hosea.
You say, 'I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.' But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.
Do not trust in extortion or put vain hope in stolen goods; though your riches increase, do not set your heart on them.
By your great skill in trading you have increased your wealth, and because of your wealth your heart has grown proud.
They feed on the sins of my people and relish their wickedness.
When I fed them, they were satisfied; when they were satisfied, they became proud; then they forgot me.
Return, Israel, to the LORD your God. Your sins have been your downfall!
Their buyers slaughter them and go unpunished. Those who sell them say, 'Praise the LORD, I am rich!' Their own shepherds do not spare them.
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