New International Version
Even when their drinks are gone, they continue their prostitution; their rulers dearly love shameful ways.
King James Bible
Their drink is sour: they have committed whoredom continually: her rulers with shame do love, Give ye.
Darby Bible Translation
Their drink is sour; they give themselves up to whoredom; her great men passionately love [their] shame.
World English Bible
Their drink has become sour. They play the prostitute continually. Her rulers dearly love their shameful way.
Young's Literal Translation
Sour is their drink, They have gone diligently a-whoring, Her protectors have loved shame thoroughly.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Their drink is sour - Or rather, he is gone after their wine. The enticements of idolatry have carried them away.
Her rulers with shame do love - Rather, have loved shame; they glory in their abominations.
Give ye - Perhaps it would be better to read, Her rulers have committed, etc. They have loved gifts. What a shame! These were their rulers, literally, their shields. Justice and judgment were perverted.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
sour. Heb. gone. committed.
rulers. Heb. shields.
Library'Let Him Alone'
'Ephraim is joined to idols: let him alone.'--HOSEA iv. 17. The tribe of Ephraim was the most important member of the kingdom of Israel; consequently its name was not unnaturally sometimes used in a wider application for the whole of the kingdom, of which it was the principal part. Being the 'predominant partner,' its name was used alone for that of the whole firm, just as in our own empire, we often say 'England,' meaning thereby the three kingdoms: England, Scotland, and Ireland. So 'Ephraim' here …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
"Destroyed for Lack of Knowledge"
About three months later Judah was told, "Your daughter-in-law Tamar is guilty of prostitution, and as a result she is now pregnant." Judah said, "Bring her out and have her burned to death!"
"When I found Israel, it was like finding grapes in the desert; when I saw your ancestors, it was like seeing the early fruit on the fig tree. But when they came to Baal Peor, they consecrated themselves to that shameful idol and became as vile as the thing they loved.
Her leaders judge for a bribe, her priests teach for a price, and her prophets tell fortunes for money. Yet they look for the LORD's support and say, "Is not the LORD among us? No disaster will come upon us."
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