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Through My Bible Yr 03 – August 08
Hosea 9 – 10
Through My Bible – August 08

Hosea 9 – 10 (EHV)

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Days of Retribution Are Near

Hosea 9

Do not rejoice, Israel, with excessive celebration like the nations,
because you act promiscuously against your God.
    You love the wages you can earn as a prostitute at every threshing floor for grain.
The threshing floor and winepress will not feed them,
    and the new wine will fail for them.
They will not remain in the Lord’s land.
    Ephraim will return to Egypt,
    and they will eat unclean food in Assyria.
They will not pour out drink offerings of wine to the Lord.
    Their sacrifices will not be pleasing to him.
    For them, their bread will become like the bread eaten by mourners.
    Everyone who eats it will be unclean.
    This bread will only serve their own appetite.
    It will not enter the House of the Lord.
What will you do on the day of the appointed festivals
    and on the feast days of the Lord?
Know this! Even if they flee from destruction,
    Egypt will gather them up.
    Memphis will bury them.
    Thistles will overgrow their silver treasures.
    Thorns will grow inside their tents.
The days of reckoning have come.
    The days of retribution have come.
    Israel should know this!

Israel Rejects the Prophets

    The prophet is treated like a fool,
    and the man of the Spirit is called crazy,
    because your guilt is enormous,
    and because your hostility is so great.
A prophet is to be a watchman over Ephraim for my God,
    but a fowler’s snare is laid for him on all of Ephraim’s paths,
    and he encounters hostility in the house of his God. [1]
They have become extremely corrupt,
    as they were in the days of Gibeah.
    God will remember their guilt.
    He will punish them for their sins.

Fertility Worship Brings No Fertility

10 I regarded Israel like grapes found in the wilderness.
    I regarded your forefathers like the first ripe fruit on a fig tree in its first season,
    but they went to Baal Peor, and they devoted themselves to a shameful thing,
    and they became as disgusting as the thing they loved.
11 Ephraim’s glory will fly away like a bird—
    no birth, no pregnancy, no conception!
12 Even if they bring up their children,
    I will deprive them of each one.
    Yes, woe to them when I depart from them!
13 I have seen Ephraim planted in a pleasant place like Tyre,
    but Ephraim will bring its children out to the executioner.
14 Give to them, Lord—but what will you give?
    Give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts.
15 Because of all their evil in Gilgal,
    I hated them there.
    Because of their evil deeds,
    I will drive them out of my house!
    I will love them no more.
    All their officials are rebels.
16 Ephraim has been struck down.
    Their root has dried up.
    They will bear no fruit.
    Even if they give birth,
    I will put their precious offspring to death.

17 My God will reject them, because they have not obeyed him.
    They will be wanderers among the nations.

Hosea 10

Israel was a spreading [2] vine.
He produced fruit for himself.
    The more fruit he produced, the more altars he made.
    The richer the land became, the richer he made his sacred memorial stones.

Their hearts are insincere, [3]
    so now they will suffer for their guilt.
    The Lord will break down their altars
    and destroy their sacred memorial stones.

Kings Cannot Save You

Certainly now they will say, “We have no king
    because we did not fear the Lord,
    but what could such a king do for us anyway?”
They speak empty words.
    With empty oaths, they make agreements.
    That is why disputes sprout like poisonous weeds in the furrows of a field.
The inhabitants of Samaria will be terrified because of the calf [4] of Beth Aven.
    Yes, its people will mourn over it,
    and its idolatrous priests will cry out over it,
    over its lost glory, because it has gone into exile.
It will be carried to Assyria as tribute to the Great King. [5]
    Ephraim will be gripped with shame,
    and Israel will be ashamed of its own idol. [6]
Samaria, like her king, will be carried off
    like a twig on the surface of the water.
The high places of Aven, the sin of Israel, will become unusable.
    Thorns and thistles will grow on their altars.
    They will say to the mountains, “Cover us!”
    and to the hills, “Fall on us!”

Learn the Lesson of Gibeah

Israel, you have sinned ever since the days of Gibeah,
    where the evildoers took their stand.
    The war against the evildoers caught up with them at Gibeah, did it not?
10 When I see fit, I will discipline them. [7]
    Peoples will be gathered against them
        to bind them for their double guilt. [8]

11 Ephraim is a trained heifer that loves to thresh.
    I will put a yoke on her beautiful neck. [9]
    I will harness Ephraim.
    Judah will plow.
    Jacob will break up the ground.
12 Sow righteousness for yourselves,
    and reap mercy.
    Break up your fallow ground.
    It is time to seek the Lord,
    until he comes and rains righteousness on you.
13 You have plowed wickedness.
    You have reaped injustice.
    You have eaten the fruit of your lies,
    because you trusted in your own way,
    in the large number of your strong warriors.
14 Therefore the roar of battle will rise against your people,
    and all your fortresses will be destroyed,
    as Shalman [10] devastated Beth Arbel on the day of battle.
    Mothers were dashed to the ground with their children.
15 This is what will be done to you, Bethel,
    because of your great wickedness.
    At dawn the king of Israel will be completely destroyed.


  1. Hosea 9:8 This verse is difficult.
  2. Hosea 10:1 The Hebrew word may have a negative connotation like invasive.
  3. Hosea 10:2 Or divided
  4. Hosea 10:5 Variant calves
  5. Hosea 10:6 The text of the last word of the line is uncertain.
  6. Hosea 10:6 Or plan. The meaning of the last word is uncertain.
  7. Hosea 10:10 The text of the line is uncertain.
  8. Hosea 10:10 Or two crimes. The text of the line is uncertain.
  9. Hosea 10:11 The text of the line is uncertain.
  10. Hosea 10:14 The king of Assyria

The Holy Bible, Evangelical Heritage Version®, EHV®, © 2019 Wartburg Project, Inc. All rights reserved.


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