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17 Ephraim[a] is the partner of idols, leave thou him;

18 the feast of them is parted. By fornication they did fornication, the defenders thereof loved to bring shame. (their feast is over; they adultery after adultery, that is, idolatry after idolatry, and they loved shame more than honour, or glory.)

19 The spirit bound him in his wings (The wind shall bind them up in its wings), and they shall be ashamed of their sacrifices.

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Footnotes

  1. Hosea 4:17 Throughout Hosea (and Isaiah), Ephraim is another name for the Northern Kingdom of Israel, consisting of the Ten Tribes.

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