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1 Hear ye this, O priests; and hearken, ye house of Israel; and give ye ear, O house of the king; for judgment is toward you, because ye have been a snare on Mizpah, and a net spread upon Tabor.

2 And the revolters are profound to make slaughter, though I have been a rebuker of them all.

3 I know Ephraim, and Israel is not hid from me: for now, O Ephraim, thou committest whoredom, and Israel is defiled.

4 They will not frame their doings to turn unto their God: for the spirit of whoredoms is in the midst of them, and they have not known the LORD.

5 And the pride of Israel doth testify to his face: therefore shall Israel and Ephraim fall in their iniquity; Judah also shall fall with them.

6 They shall go with their flocks and with their herds to seek the LORD; but they shall not find him; he hath withdrawn himself from them.

7 They have dealt treacherously against the LORD: for they have begotten strange children: now shall a month devour them with their portions.

8 Blow ye the cornet in Gibeah, and the trumpet in Ramah: cry aloud at Bethaven, after thee, O Benjamin.

9 Ephraim shall be desolate in the day of rebuke: among the tribes of Israel have I made known that which shall surely be.

10 The princes of Judah were like them that remove the bound: therefore I will pour out my wrath upon them like water.

11 Ephraim is oppressed and broken in judgment, because he willingly walked after the commandment.

12 Therefore will I be unto Ephraim as a moth, and to the house of Judah as rottenness.

13 When Ephraim saw his sickness, and Judah saw his wound, then went Ephraim to the Assyrian, and sent to king Jareb: yet could he not heal you, nor cure you of your wound.

14 For I will be unto Ephraim as a lion, and as a young lion to the house of Judah: I, even I, will tear and go away; I will take away, and none shall rescue him.

15 I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early.

Commentary for Hosea 5

The Divine judgments against Israel. (1-7) Approaching desolations threatened. (8-15)1-7 The piercing eye of God saw secret liking and disposition to sin, the love the house of Israel had to their sins, and the dominion their sins had over them. Pride makes men obstinate in other sins. And as Judah was treading in the same steps, they would fall with Israel. By dealing treacherously with the Lord, men only deceive themselves. Those that go to seek the Lord with their flocks and their herds only, and not with their hearts and souls, cannot expect to find him; nor shall any speed who do not seek the Lord while he may be found. See how much it is our concern to seek God early, now, while it is the accepted time, and the day of salvation.

8-15 The destruction of impenitent sinners is not mere talk, to frighten them, it is a sentence which will not be recalled. And it is a mercy that we have timely warning given us, that we may flee from the wrath to come. Compliance with the commandments of men, who thwart the commandments of God, ripens a people for ruin. The judgments of God are sometimes to a sinful people as a moth, and as rottenness, or as a worm; as these consume the clothes and the wood, so shall the judgments of God consume them. Silently, they shall think themselves safe and thriving, but when they look into their state, shall find themselves wasting and decaying. Slowly, for the Lord gives them space to repent. Many a nation; as well as many a person, dies of a consumption. Gradually, God comes upon sinners with lesser judgments, to prevent greater, if they will be wise, and take warning. When Israel and Judah found themselves in danger, they sought the protection of the Assyrians, but this only helped to make their wound the worse. They would be forced to apply to God. He will bring them home to himself, by afflictions. When men begin to complain more of their sins than of their afflictions, then there begins to be some hope of them; and when under the conviction of sin, and the corrections of the rod, we must seek the knowledge of God. Those who are led by severe trials to seek God earnestly and sincerely, will find him a present help and an effectual refuge; for with him is plenteous redemption for all who call upon him. There is solid peace, and there only, where God is.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Hosea 5

  • Mac Tucker on Hosea 5
    Never in the world's history has this taken place. Hosea 5 is a prophecy that has never been fulfilled and will take place in the last days. The countries will be doing the things that where being done in the time of Noah. This time want be a flood of water. We know that Israel can only be partially taken Zechariah 14 , but who must be removed for this to happen.
  • Nontle on Hosea 5
    hosea is truthful especially in the priests trapping and deceiving israelites
  • Edwina hudson on Hosea 5
    I am unaware of Hosea's book, but not unaware of God's doing.
  • Joy on Hosea 5
    Ignorance is foolishness before God's eyes...Only One Race ever existed. Read The Bible you human race haters.
  • Crimson on Hosea 5
    the whoredoms refers to Israels turning to the false gods of foreign nations and when they married into those nations they began to worship false gods this is not a black and white racial issue God created and loves all men equally we should all try and do the same
  • Handmaid of the Lord on Hosea 5
    This comment is Wrt comment posted on 10 05 2014 8:23am. I firmly strongly disagree with that anti-Semitic, prejudice opinion. The Bible refers to a time in eternity when every nation, tribe tongue will stand before Him. The 2nd Adam made a way for others who are not the natural descendants of Jacob, to enter into the Family of God. The 'White ' race is not the Israelite race. God has called ALL nations to Himself. When they commit whoredoms, they are in any type of idolatrous sin- whether in the spirit or in the natural. When a person is one with God, the fruit manifests in righteousness, many souls won over to the Lord. When the wrong union takes place between a person his her god-or multitudes of false gods, the fruit is strange. The children are strange- without love, mercy, kindness, but are the workers of iniquity. Like begets like in most cases. Similarly if a man of God fornicates with a witch they just might end up with a strange child-care a child that grows up to be a devil worshipper. Or if God is invited into the child 's life, a miraculous salvation would take place. The moral of the story is that one should
  • Adam's Race on Hosea 5
    This is about the consequences of "whoredom, " or mixed racial intercourse and marriage fornication , which produced the "strange children " referred to in verse 7. The Israelites the White race are God 's Children, and are to remain separate, otherwise Yahweh says, "thou committest whoredom and Israel is defiled. " Until the White race remembers who they are and whose they are and puts an end to mixed race marriage fornication , Yahweh will "go and return to my place " until they acknowledge their offense and seek His face.
  • Herlen Chizanga on Hosea 5
    Hosea speaks about the punishment of isreal which they were going to face since they had sinned against their Deity who had brought them up from the Egyptians to Cannan.......He also preached about repentance.........he told them that they were supposed to repent so that God will take them back
  • Timothy Wayne George on Hosea 5
    The Lord said he would be as lion to Ephraim, and a young lion to Judah. God said I will return to my place till they acknowledge their wickedness, and in their affliction they shall seek me. Jesus wept over Israel, and said how ofter would I have protected you as a hen protects her chickens under her wings behold your house is left unto you desolate. Paul said my heart's desire is for Israel to be saved. Thank God this will happen in the tribulation, and we must continue to pray for the peace of Israel. God is calling out Jew, and Gentile in the Church age. When the Church age is over, God will return his attention to Israel. Jesus will be coming back as the Lion of the tribe of Judah to take the title deed of this world back from Satan.


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Through Hosea the Lord rebukes Israel for having been a snare on Mizpah and a net upon what place?
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  • Tabor
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