Hosea 8:11
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New International Version
"Though Ephraim built many altars for sin offerings, these have become altars for sinning.

King James Bible
Because Ephraim hath made many altars to sin, altars shall be unto him to sin.

Darby Bible Translation
Because Ephraim hath multiplied altars to sin, altars shall be unto him to sin.

World English Bible
Because Ephraim has multiplied altars for sinning, they became for him altars for sinning.

Young's Literal Translation
Because Ephraim did multiply altars to sin, They have been to him altars to sin.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Many altars to sin - Though it does not appear that the Jews in Babylon were obliged to worship the idols of the country, except in the case mentioned by Daniel, yet it was far otherwise with the Israelites in Assyria, and the other countries of their dispersion. Because they had made many altars to sin while they were in their own land, they were obliged to continue in the land of their captivity a similar system of idolatry against their will. Thus they felt and saw the evil of their idolatry, without power to help themselves.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Hosea 10:1,2,8 Israel is an empty vine, he brings forth fruit to himself: according to the multitude of his fruit he has increased the altars...

Hosea 12:11 Is there iniquity in Gilead? surely they are vanity: they sacrifice bullocks in Gilgal; yes...

Isaiah 10:10,11 As my hand has found the kingdoms of the idols, and whose graven images did excel them of Jerusalem and of Samaria...


Deuteronomy 4:28 And there you shall serve gods, the work of men's hands, wood and stone, which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell.

Jeremiah 16:13 Therefore will I cast you out of this land into a land that you know not, neither you nor your fathers...

The Bible
Oh! how ten-thousand-fold merciful is God, that, looking down upon the race of man, he does not smite it our of existence. We see from our text that God looks upon man; for he says of Ephraim, "I have written to him the great things of my law, but they were counted as a strange thing." But see how, when he observes the sin of man, he does not dash him away and spurn him with his foot; he does not shake him by the neck over the gulf of hell, until his brain doth reel and then drop him forever; but
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 1: 1855

That the Unskilful Venture not to Approach an Office of Authority.
No one presumes to teach an art till he has first, with intent meditation, learnt it. What rashness is it, then, for the unskilful to assume pastoral authority, since the government of souls is the art of arts! For who can be ignorant that the sores of the thoughts of men are more occult than the sores of the bowels? And yet how often do men who have no knowledge whatever of spiritual precepts fearlessly profess themselves physicians of the heart, though those who are ignorant of the effect of
Leo the Great—Writings of Leo the Great

Cross References
Hosea 10:1
Israel was a spreading vine; he brought forth fruit for himself. As his fruit increased, he built more altars; as his land prospered, he adorned his sacred stones.

Hosea 12:11
Is Gilead wicked? Its people are worthless! Do they sacrifice bulls in Gilgal? Their altars will be like piles of stones on a plowed field.

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