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1 Set the trumpet to thy mouth. He shall come as an eagle against the house of the LORD, because they have transgressed my covenant, and trespassed against my law.

2 Israel shall cry unto me, My God, we know thee.

3 Israel hath cast off the thing that is good: the enemy shall pursue him.

4 They have set up kings, but not by me: they have made princes, and I knew it not: of their silver and their gold have they made them idols, that they may be cut off.

5 Thy calf, O Samaria, hath cast thee off; mine anger is kindled against them: how long will it be ere they attain to innocency?

6 For from Israel was it also: the workman made it; therefore it is not God: but the calf of Samaria shall be broken in pieces.

7 For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: it hath no stalk: the bud shall yield no meal: if so be it yield, the strangers shall swallow it up.

8 Israel is swallowed up: now shall they be among the Gentiles as a vessel wherein is no pleasure.

9 For they are gone up to Assyria, a wild ass alone by himself: Ephraim hath hired lovers.

10 Yea, though they have hired among the nations, now will I gather them, and they shall sorrow a little for the burden of the king of princes.

11 Because Ephraim hath made many altars to sin, altars shall be unto him to sin.

12 I have written to him the great things of my law, but they were counted as a strange thing.

13 They sacrifice flesh for the sacrifices of mine offerings, and eat it; but the LORD accepteth them not; now will he remember their iniquity, and visit their sins: they shall return to Egypt.

14 For Israel hath forgotten his Maker, and buildeth temples; and Judah hath multiplied fenced cities: but I will send a fire upon his cities, and it shall devour the palaces thereof.

Commentary for Hosea 8

Destruction threatened for the impiety of Israel. (1-4) For their idolatry. (5-10) Further threatenings for the same sins. (11-14)1-4 When Israel was hard pressed, they would claim protection from God, but this would be disregarded. What stead will it stand in to say, My God, I know thee, if we cannot say, My God, I love thee, serve thee, and cleave to thee only?

5-10 They promised themselves plenty, peace, and victory, by worshipping idols, but their expectations came to nothing. What they sow has no stalk, no blade, or, if it have, the bud shall yield no fruit, there was nothing in them. The works of darkness are unfruitful; nay, the end of those things is death. The hopes of sinners will deceive them, and their gains will be snares. In times of danger, especially in the day of judgment, all carnal devices will fail. They take a course by themselves, and like a wild ass by himself, they will be the easier and surer prey for the lion. Man is in nothing more like the wild ass's colt, than in seeking for that succour and that satisfaction in the creature, which are to be had in God only. Though men may sorrow a little, yet if it is not after a godly sort, they will be brought to sorrow everlastingly.

11-14 It is a great sin to corrupt the worship of God, and will be charged as sin on all who do it, how plausible soever their excuses may seem to be. The Lord had caused his law to be written for them, but they cared not to know, and would not obey it. Man seems by the temples he builds to be mindful of his Maker, yet really he has forgotten him, because he has cast off all his fear; but none ever hardened his heart against God and prospered. So long as men despise the truths and precepts of God's word, and the ordinances of his worship, all the observances and offerings, however costly, of their own devising, will be unto them for sin; for those services only are acceptable to God, which are done according to his word, and through Jesus Christ.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Hosea 8

  • PASTOR BONIFACE NWACHUKWU for verse 11
    I Must confess, i am touched for the first time in very powerful way than ever . Is a verse for the now. A shaped warning against unrightousnes
  • Lar
    ..the bud shall yield no meal: if so be it yield... God has all power and here he demonstrates contrasting commands. Unusual incident!
  • Diesel
    YISRAEL TIME IN THE OTHER NATIONS LANDS ARE ALMOST UP. TODAH YAHUAH! THE SECOND EXODUS IS COMING FOR THE NORTHERN AND SOUTHERN KINGDOM OF YISRAEL, READ DEUT. CHAPTER 30, ISAIAH CHAPTERS 14 AND 60, JEREMIAH CHAPTER 25, EZEKEIL CHAPTERS 20, 35, 37. THERE ARE MANY MORE. SHALOM
  • JL Johston for verse 7
    I am afraid that the truth of this proverb is proved by Israel 's conduct toward the Palestinians since 1948, and particularly since 1967
  • James Alton for verse 7
    To 'sow the wind and reap the whirlwind ' is an astute and pithy allusion that is easier to encompass in its entirety than to explain its parts, however, I 'l give it a go. On the same web page as the one in which I 'm writing this is "Wesley 's Notes for Hosea 8 7 ", and I don 't agree with some of the explanations there. For instance, "Sown the wind " does not denote 'lost labour ' and although a whirlwind is a destructive tempest, the allusion is subtler, though I do agree that it represents the wrath of God. I think that to 'sow the wind ' alludes to the efforts of someone who constructs a story or performs an action that is essentially insubstantial and worthless to he or those who will eventually judge the merit of that story or action sowing the wind and because the merit of the story or action can be expected to be adjudged to be low then you can expect to be rejected and castigated by either or both of those who matter to you or those who matter for your position for producing something of low or no merit hence the whirlwind.
  • Israel has totally given up themselves to evil and are trying to appease God by doing burnt offering to Him and building alters, but God is not accepting it because he knows that they are not doing it from their heart. They only call upon God when they are in trouble and need His protecting from their enemies.
  • Obviously they think they are innocent in every affair they have. They are playing the harlot making images and leaving God. GOD WILL NOT FORGET THEIR SINS (NEITHER ANY THAT WE HAVE DONE) and will punish us, unless we repent. For whatever a man sows that will he reap. God isn't going to share his glory with anyone sinner, but Jesus and the one’s that follow him.
  • NICOLES JACKSON for verse 11
    EPHRAIM HATH MADE MANY ALTERS TO SIN,EPHRAIM HATH DEVIATED,HE HAD MIXED HIMSELF WITH THE NATION,EPHRAIM SOUGHT FOR MANY WAYS TO SIN,A SCHEMER,HE SOUGHT FOR WAYS TO SIN,SIN INVENTOR,HE MADE ALTERS TO SIN,BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT HE SOUGHT TO INVENT,MANY NEW WAYS OF SIN SHALL HE DISCOVER,ALTERS SHALL BE MADE FOR HIM TO SIN,JESUS SAID,LET HIM THAT IS UNJUST BE UNJUST STILL,IF ALL YOU DO IN LIFE IS TO SEEK FOR ALL AVENUE TO DO WRONG,THE ENEMY OF YOUR SOUL WILL FLOOD UR SPIRIT-MIND WITH EVIL,EPHRAIM SOUGHT FOR WAYS TO SIN,ALTERS WERE MADE FOR HIM,WAYS WAS MADE FOR HIM,HE REJECT THE GOOD PART OF LIFE,THE ENEMY WILL PURSUE HIM,IF HE HAD LOOKED FOR ALTERS FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS,MANY ALTERS WILL BE MADE FORM HIM ALSO,BUT HE CHOSE THE WAYS OF EGYPT.EPHRAIM IS LIKE A CAKE NOT TURNED.

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In chapter eight of Hosea, who will cry unto God?
  • Judah
  • People
  • Israel
  • Kings