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?
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CommentaryWesley'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.
LibraryThe 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
The Prophet Hosea.
God's Purpose for his Church
1 Samuel 12:25
But if you continue to sin, you and your king will be swept away."
They say, "We will lie to our hearts' content. Our lips are our own--who can stop us?"
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."
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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