New International Version
"But let no one bring a charge, let no one accuse another, for your people are like those who bring charges against a priest.
King James Bible
Yet let no man strive, nor reprove another: for thy people are as they that strive with the priest.
Darby Bible Translation
Yet let no man strive, and let no man reprove; for thy people are as they that strive with the priest.
World English Bible
"Yet let no man bring a charge, neither let any man accuse; For your people are like those who bring charges against a priest.
Young's Literal Translation
Only, let no one strive, nor reprove a man, And thy people are as those striving with a priest.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Yet let no man strive - Or, no man contendeth. All these evils stalk abroad unreproved, for all are guilty. None can say, "Let me pluck the mote out of thy eye," because he knows that "there is a beam in his own."
For thy people are - The people and the priest are alike rebels against the Lord; the priests having become idolaters, as well as the people. Bp. Newcome renders this clause, "And as is the provocation of the priest, so is that of my people." The whole clause in the original is ועמך כמריבי כהן veammecha kimeribey cohen, "and thy people as the rebellions of the priest." But one of my oldest MSS. omits כהן cohen, "priest;" and then the text may be read, And thy people are as rebels. In this MS. כהן cohen is added in the margin by a much later hand.
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'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"
Anyone who shows contempt for the judge or for the priest who stands ministering there to the LORD your God is to be put to death. You must purge the evil from Israel.
I will make your tongue stick to the roof of your mouth so that you will be silent and unable to rebuke them, for they are a rebellious people.
Ephraim is joined to idols; leave him alone!
There are those who hate the one who upholds justice in court and detest the one who tells the truth.
Therefore the prudent keep quiet in such times, for the times are evil.
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