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Song of Solomon
Hosea 9 COMMENTARY (Matthew Henry)
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Matthew Henry's Commentary
Rejoice not, O Israel, for joy, as
people: for thou hast gone a whoring from thy God, thou hast loved a reward upon every cornfloor.
9:1-6 Israel gave rewards to their idols, in the offerings presented to them. It is common for those who are niggardly in religion, to be prodigal upon their lusts. Those are reckoned as idolaters, who love a reward in the corn-floor better than a reward in the favour of God and in eternal life. They are full of the joy of harvest, and have no disposition to mourn for sin. When we make the world, and the things of it, our idol and our portion, it is just with God to show us our folly, and correct us. None may expect to dwell in the Lord's land, who will not be subject to the Lord's laws, or be influenced by his love. When we enjoy the means of grace, we ought to consider what we shall do, if they should be taken from us. While the pleasures of communion with God are out of the reach of change, the pleasant places purchased with silver, or in which men deposit silver, are liable to be laid in ruins. No famine is so dreadful as that of the soul.
The floor and the winepress shall not feed them, and the new wine shall fail in her.
They shall not dwell in the LORD'S land; but Ephraim shall return to Egypt, and they shall eat unclean
They shall not offer wine
to the LORD, neither shall they be pleasing unto him: their sacrifices
unto them as the bread of mourners; all that eat thereof shall be polluted: for their bread for their soul shall not come into the house of the LORD.
What will ye do in the solemn day, and in the day of the feast of the LORD?
For, lo, they are gone because of destruction: Egypt shall gather them up, Memphis shall bury them: the pleasant
for their silver, nettles shall possess them: thorns
in their tabernacles.
The days of visitation are come, the days of recompence are come; Israel shall know
: the prophet
a fool, the spiritual man
mad, for the multitude of thine iniquity, and the great hatred.
9:7-10 Time had been when the spiritual watchmen of Israel were with the Lord, but now they were like the snare of a fowler to entangle persons to their ruin. The people were become as corrupt as those of Gibeah, Jud 19; and their crimes should be visited in like manner. At first God had found Israel pleasing to Him, as grapes to the traveller in the wilderness. He saw them with pleasure as the first ripe figs. This shows the delight God took in them; yet they followed after idolatry.
The watchman of Ephraim
with my God:
a snare of a fowler in all his ways,
hatred in the house of his God.
They have deeply corrupted
, as in the days of Gibeah:
he will remember their iniquity, he will visit their sins.
I found Israel like grapes in the wilderness; I saw your fathers as the firstripe in the fig tree at her first time:
they went to Baalpeor, and separated themselves unto
abominations were according as they loved.
Ephraim, their glory shall fly away like a bird, from the birth, and from the womb, and from the conception.
9:11-17. God departs from a people, or from a person, when he withdraws his goodness and mercy from them; and when the Lord is departed, what can the creature do? Even though, for the present, good things seem to remain, yet the blessing is gone if God is gone. Even the children should perish with the parents. The Divine wrath dries up the root, and withers the fruit of all comforts; and the scattered Jews daily warn us to beware, lest we neglect or abuse the gospel. Yet every smiting is not a drying up of the root. It may be that God intends only to smite so that the sap may be turned to the root, that there may be more of root graces, more humility, patience, faith, and self-denial. It is very just that God should bring judgments on those who slight his offered mercy.
Though they bring up their children, yet will I bereave them,
that there shall
: yea, woe also to them when I depart from them!
Ephraim, as I saw Tyrus,
planted in a pleasant place: but Ephraim shall bring forth his children to the murderer.
Give them, O LORD: what wilt thou give? give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts.
All their wickedness
in Gilgal: for there I hated them: for the wickedness of their doings I will drive them out of mine house, I will love them no more: all their princes
Ephraim is smitten, their root is dried up, they shall bear no fruit: yea, though they bring forth, yet will I slay
of their womb.
My God will cast them away, because they did not hearken unto him: and they shall be wanderers among the nations.
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