Hosea 10

The Lord Will Punish Israel

1 Israel a empties his vine;
He brings forth fruit for himself.
According to the multitude of his fruit
b He has increased the altars;
According to the bounty of his land
They have embellished his sacred pillars.
2 Their heart is c divided; 1
Now they are held guilty.
He will break down their altars;
He will ruin their sacred pillars.

3 For now they say,
"We have no king,
Because we did not fear the LORD.
And as for a king, what would he do for us?"
4 They have spoken words,
Swearing falsely in making a covenant.
Thus judgment springs up d like hemlock in the furrows of the field.
5 The inhabitants of Samaria fear
Because of the e calf 2 of Beth Aven.
For its people mourn for it,
And 3 its priests shriek for it -
Because its f glory has departed from it.
6 The idol also shall be carried to Assyria
As a present for King g Jareb.
Ephraim shall receive shame,
And Israel shall be ashamed of his own counsel.

7 As for Samaria, her king is cut off
Like a twig on the water.
8 Also the h high places of 4 Aven, i the sin of Israel,
Shall be destroyed.
The thorn and thistle shall grow on their altars;
j They shall say to the mountains, "Cover us!"
And to the hills, "Fall on us!"

9 "O Israel, you have sinned from the days of k Gibeah;
There they stood.
The l battle in Gibeah against the children of 5 iniquity
Did not 6 overtake them.
10 When it is My desire, I will chasten them.
m Peoples shall be gathered against them
When I bind them 7 for their two transgressions.

11 Ephraim is n a trained heifer
That loves to thresh grain;
But I harnessed her fair neck,
I will make Ephraim 8 pull a plow.
Judah shall plow;
Jacob shall break his clods."
12 Sow for yourselves righteousness;
Reap in mercy;
o Break up your fallow ground,
For it is time to seek the LORD,
Till He p comes and rains righteousness on you.

13 q You have plowed wickedness;
You have reaped iniquity.
You have eaten the fruit of lies,
Because you trusted in your own way,
In the multitude of your mighty men.
14 Therefore tumult shall arise among your people,
And all your fortresses shall be plundered
As Shalman plundered Beth Arbel in the day of battle -
A mother dashed in pieces upon her children.
15 Thus it shall be done to you, O Bethel,
Because of your great wickedness.
At dawn the king of Israel
Shall be cut off utterly.

  1. Cross References
    Nahum 2:2
    For the LORD will restore the excellence of Jacob Like the excellence of Israel, For the emptiers have emptied them out And ruined their vine branches.
  2. Cross References
    Jeremiah 2:28
    But where are your gods that you have made for yourselves? Let them arise, If they can save you in the time of your trouble; For according to the number of your cities Are your gods, O Judah.
    Hosea 8:11
    Because Ephraim has made many altars for sin, They have become for him altars for sinning.
    Hosea 12:11
    Though Gilead has idols - Surely they are vanity - Though they sacrifice bulls in Gilgal, Indeed their altars shall be heaps in the furrows of the field.
  3. Cross References
    1 Kings 18:21
    And Elijah came to all the people, and said, "How long will you falter between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him." But the people answered him not a word.
    Zephaniah 1:5
    Those who worship the host of heaven on the housetops; Those who worship and swear oaths by the LORD, But who also swear by Milcom.
    Matthew 6:24
    No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.
  4. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 31:16
    And the LORD said to Moses: "Behold, you will rest with your fathers; and this people will rise and play the harlot with the gods of the foreigners of the land, where they go to be among them, and they will forsake Me and break My covenant which I have made with them.
    Deuteronomy 31:17
    "Then My anger shall be aroused against them in that day, and I will forsake them, and I will hide My face from them, and they shall be devoured. And many evils and troubles shall befall them, so that they will say in that day, 'Have not these evils come upon us because our God is not among us?'
    2 Kings 17:3
    Shalmaneser king of Assyria came up against him; and Hoshea became his vassal, and paid him tribute money.
    2 Kings 17:4
    And the king of Assyria uncovered a conspiracy by Hoshea; for he had sent messengers to So, king of Egypt, and brought no tribute to the king of Assyria, as he had done year by year. Therefore the king of Assyria shut him up, and bound him in prison.
    Amos 5:7
    You who turn justice to wormwood, And lay righteousness to rest in the earth!
  5. Cross References
    1 Kings 12:28
    Therefore the king asked advice, made two calves of gold, and said to the people, "It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem. Here are your gods, O Israel, which brought you up from the land of Egypt!
    1 Kings 12:29
    And he set up one in Bethel, and the other he put in Dan.
    Hosea 8:5
    Your calf is rejected, O Samaria! My anger is aroused against them - How long until they attain to innocence?
    Hosea 8:6
    For from Israel is even this: A workman made it, and it is not God; But the calf of Samaria shall be broken to pieces.
    Hosea 13:2
    Now they sin more and more, And have made for themselves molded images, Idols of their silver, according to their skill; All of it is the work of craftsmen. They say of them, "Let the men who sacrifice kiss the calves!
  6. Cross References
    Hosea 9:11
    As for Ephraim, their glory shall fly away like a bird - No birth, no pregnancy, and no conception!
  7. Cross References
    Hosea 5:13
    When Ephraim saw his sickness, And Judah saw his wound, Then Ephraim went to Assyria And sent to King Jareb; Yet he cannot cure you, Nor heal you of your wound.
  8. Cross References
    Hosea 4:15
    Though you, Israel, play the harlot, Let not Judah offend. Do not come up to Gilgal, Nor go up to Beth Aven, Nor swear an oath, saying, 'As the LORD lives' -
  9. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 9:21
    Then I took your sin, the calf which you had made, and burned it with fire and crushed it and ground it very small, until it was as fine as dust; and I threw its dust into the brook that descended from the mountain.
    1 Kings 13:34
    And this thing was the sin of the house of Jeroboam, so as to exterminate and destroy it from the face of the earth.
  10. Cross References
    Isaiah 2:19
    They shall go into the holes of the rocks, And into the caves of the earth, From the terror of the LORD And the glory of His majesty, When He arises to shake the earth mightily.
    Luke 23:30
    "Then they will begin 'to say to the mountains, "Fall on us!" and to the hills, "Cover us!"'
    Revelation 6:16
    And said to the mountains and rocks, "Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb!
  11. Cross References
    Hosea 9:9
    They are deeply corrupted, As in the days of Gibeah. He will remember their iniquity; He will punish their sins.
  12. Cross References
    Judges 20:1
    So all the children of Israel came out, from Dan to Beersheba, as well as from the land of Gilead, and the congregation gathered together as one man before the LORD at Mizpah.
  13. Cross References
    Jeremiah 16:16
    Behold, I will send for many fishermen," says the LORD, "and they shall fish them; and afterward I will send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain and every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks.
  14. Cross References
    Jeremiah 50:11
    Because you were glad, because you rejoiced, You destroyers of My heritage, Because you have grown fat like a heifer threshing grain, And you bellow like bulls.
    Hosea 4:16
    For Israel is stubborn Like a stubborn calf; Now the LORD will let them forage Like a lamb in open country.
    Micah 4:13
    "Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion; For I will make your horn iron, And I will make your hooves bronze; You shall beat in pieces many peoples; I will consecrate their gain to the LORD, And their substance to the Lord of the whole earth."
  15. Cross References
    Jeremiah 4:3
    For thus says the LORD to the men of Judah and Jerusalem: "Break up your fallow ground, And do not sow among thorns.
  16. Cross References
    Hosea 6:3
    Let us know, Let us pursue the knowledge of the LORD. His going forth is established as the morning; He will come to us like the rain, Like the latter and former rain to the earth.
  17. Cross References
    Job 4:8
    Even as I have seen, Those who plow iniquity And sow trouble reap the same.
    Proverbs 22:8
    He who sows iniquity will reap sorrow, And the rod of his anger will fail.
    Galatians 6:7
    Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.
    Galatians 6:8
    For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.
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