They have set up kings,
but not by me.
They have made officials,
but without my approval.
With their silver and their gold
they have made idols for themselves,
so that it may be cut off. Bible

“so that it may be cut off.” This sentence seems very unclear, so the English versions try to make sense of it. But it does make sense if we understand the consequences for evil and God’s uses of irony (sarcasm). The people used their silver and gold to make idols, which were an abomination to God and which caused them to be conquered by enemies, with the result that their silver and gold were taken from them, it was “cut off.” Thus, God says they made idols of silver and gold just so it (the gold and silver) could be cut off. Very effective irony (cp. comments in New American Commentary: Hosea and Joel).

Commentary for: Hosea 8:4