New Living Translation
The prophet is a watchman over Israel for my God, yet traps are laid for him wherever he goes. He faces hostility even in the house of God.
King James Bible
The watchman of Ephraim was with my God: but the prophet is a snare of a fowler in all his ways, and hatred in the house of his God.
Darby Bible Translation
Is Ephraim a watchman with my God? nay the prophet is a fowler's snare on all his ways, enmity in the house of his God.
World English Bible
A prophet watches over Ephraim with my God. A fowler's snare is on all of his paths, and hostility in the house of his God.
Young's Literal Translation
Ephraim is looking away from My God, The prophet! a snare of a fowler is over all his ways, Hatred is in the house of his God.
Hosea 9:8 Parallel
CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
9:8 The watchman - The old true prophets indeed were with God. My God - The God of Hosea. The prophet - The false prophets have, as well as the people, left God. Is a snare - Their pretended predictions are but a snare, such as fowlers lay. And hatred - Such prophets are full of hatred and malice: yea, they are hatred itself.
We escaped like a bird from a hunter's trap. The trap is broken, and we are free!
People can never predict when hard times might come. Like fish in a net or birds in a trap, people are caught by sudden tragedy.
"I saw that the prophets of Samaria were terribly evil, for they prophesied in the name of Baal and led my people of Israel into sin.
"Hear this, you priests. Pay attention, you leaders of Israel. Listen, you members of the royal family. Judgment has been handed down against you. For you have led the people into a snare by worshiping the idols at Mizpah and Tabor.
The time of Israel's punishment has come; the day of payment is here. Soon Israel will know this all too well. Because of your great sin and hostility, you say, "The prophets are crazy and the inspired men are fools!"
The things my people do are as depraved as what they did in Gibeah long ago. God will not forget. He will surely punish them for their sins.
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