New International Version
They feed on the sins of my people and relish their wickedness.
King James Bible
They eat up the sin of my people, and they set their heart on their iniquity.
Darby Bible Translation
They eat the sin of my people, and their soul longeth for their iniquity.
World English Bible
They feed on the sin of my people, and set their heart on their iniquity.
Young's Literal Translation
The sin of My people they do eat, And unto their iniquity lift up their soul.
Hosea 4:8 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
They eat up the sin of my people - חטאת chattath, the sin-offering, though it be offered contrary to the law; for their hearts are set on iniquity, they wish to do whatever is contrary to God.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
set their heart on their iniquity. Heb. lift up their soul to their iniquity.
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"
They are dogs with mighty appetites; they never have enough. They are shepherds who lack understanding; they all turn to their own way, they seek their own gain.
But you have planted wickedness, you have reaped evil, you have eaten the fruit of deception. Because you have depended on your own strength and on your many warriors,
Ephraim boasts, "I am very rich; I have become wealthy. With all my wealth they will not find in me any iniquity or sin."
Return, Israel, to the LORD your God. Your sins have been your downfall!
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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