Hosea 10:3
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New Living Translation
Then they will say, "We have no king because we didn't fear the LORD. But even if we had a king, what could he do for us anyway?"

King James Bible
For now they shall say, We have no king, because we feared not the LORD; what then should a king do to us?

Darby Bible Translation
For now they will say, We have no king, for we feared not Jehovah; and a king, what can he do for us?

World English Bible
Surely now they will say, "We have no king; for we don't fear Yahweh; and the king, what can he do for us?"

Young's Literal Translation
For now they say: We have no king, Because we have not feared Jehovah, And the king -- what doth he for us?

Hosea 10:3 Parallel
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Wesley's Notes on the Bible

10:3 Say - See and feel. No king - Either no king at all, or no such king as we expected. What then - For kings are not able to save without the God of kings.

Hosea 10:3 Parallel Commentaries

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The Assyrian Captivity
The closing years of the ill-fated kingdom of Israel were marked with violence and bloodshed such as had never been witnessed even in the worst periods of strife and unrest under the house of Ahab. For two centuries and more the rulers of the ten tribes had been sowing the wind; now they were reaping the whirlwind. King after king was assassinated to make way for others ambitious to rule. "They have set up kings," the Lord declared of these godless usurpers, "but not by Me: they have made princes,
Ellen Gould White—The Story of Prophets and Kings

Of Love to God
I proceed to the second general branch of the text. The persons interested in this privilege. They are lovers of God. "All things work together for good, to them that love God." Despisers and haters of God have no lot or part in this privilege. It is children's bread, it belongs only to them that love God. Because love is the very heart and spirit of religion, I shall the more fully treat upon this; and for the further discussion of it, let us notice these five things concerning love to God. 1. The
Thomas Watson—A Divine Cordial

The Prophet Hosea.
GENERAL PRELIMINARY REMARKS. That the kingdom of Israel was the object of the prophet's ministry is so evident, that upon this point all are, and cannot but be, agreed. But there is a difference of opinion as to whether the prophet was a fellow-countryman of those to whom he preached, or was called by God out of the kingdom of Judah. The latter has been asserted with great confidence by Maurer, among others, in his Observ. in Hos., in the Commentat. Theol. ii. i. p. 293. But the arguments
Ernst Wilhelm Hengstenberg—Christology of the Old Testament

God's Purpose for his Church
The church is God's appointed agency for the salvation of men. It was organized for service, and its mission is to carry the gospel to the world. From the beginning it has been God's plan that through His church shall be reflected to the world His fullness and His sufficiency. The members of the church, those whom He has called out of darkness into His marvelous light, are to show forth His glory. The church is the repository of the riches of the grace of Christ; and through the church will eventually
Ellen Gould White—The Acts of the Apostles

Cross References
1 Samuel 12:25
But if you continue to sin, you and your king will be swept away."

Psalm 12:4
They say, "We will lie to our hearts' content. Our lips are our own--who can stop us?"

Isaiah 5:19
They even mock God and say, "Hurry up and do something! We want to see what you can do. Let the Holy One of Israel carry out his plan, for we want to know what it is."

Hosea 3:4
This shows that Israel will go a long time without a king or prince, and without sacrifices, sacred pillars, priests, or even idols!

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