Hosea 8

Israel Will Reap the Whirlwind

1 "Set the 1 trumpet 2 to your mouth!
He shall come a like an eagle against the house of the LORD,
Because they have transgressed My covenant
And rebelled against My law.
2 b Israel will cry to Me,
'My God, c we know You!'
3 Israel has rejected the good;
The enemy will pursue him.

4 "They d set up kings, but not by Me;
They made princes, but I did not acknowledge them.
From their silver and gold
They made idols for themselves -
That they might be cut off.
5 Your 3 calf 4 is rejected, O Samaria!
My anger is aroused against them -
e How long until they attain to innocence?
6 For from Israel is even this:
A f workman made it, and it is not God;
But the calf of Samaria shall be broken to pieces.

7 "They g sow the wind,
And reap the whirlwind.
The stalk has no bud;
It shall never produce meal.
If it should produce,
h Aliens would swallow it up.
8 i Israel is swallowed up;
Now they are among the Gentiles
j Like a vessel in which is no pleasure.
9 For they have gone up to Assyria,
Like k a wild donkey alone by itself;
Ephraim l has hired lovers.
10 Yes, though they have hired among the nations,
Now m I will gather them;
And they shall 5 sorrow a little,
Because of the 6 burden of n the king of princes.

11 "Because Ephraim has made many altars for sin,
They have become for him altars for sinning.
12 I have written for him o the great things of My law,
But they were considered a strange thing.
13 For the sacrifices of My offerings p they sacrifice flesh and eat it,
q But the LORD does not accept them.
r Now He will remember their iniquity and punish their sins.
They shall return to Egypt.
14 "For s Israel has forgotten t his Maker,
And has built 7 temples;
Judah also has multiplied u fortified cities;
But v I will send fire upon his cities,
And it shall devour his 8 palaces."

  1. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 28:49
    The LORD will bring a nation against you from afar, from the end of the earth, as swift as the eagle flies, a nation whose language you will not understand.
    Jeremiah 4:13
    "Behold, he shall come up like clouds, And his chariots like a whirlwind. His horses are swifter than eagles. Woe to us, for we are plundered!"
  2. Cross References
    Psalms 78:34
    When He slew them, then they sought Him; And they returned and sought earnestly for God.
    Hosea 5:15
    I will return again to My place Till they acknowledge their offense. Then they will seek My face; In their affliction they will earnestly seek Me.
    Hosea 7:14
    They did not cry out to Me with their heart When they wailed upon their beds. "They assemble together for grain and new wine, They rebel against Me.
  3. Cross References
    Titus 1:16
    They profess to know God, but in works they deny Him, being abominable, disobedient, and disqualified for every good work.
  4. Cross References
    1 Kings 12:20
    Now it came to pass when all Israel heard that Jeroboam had come back, they sent for him and called him to the congregation, and made him king over all Israel. There was none who followed the house of David, but the tribe of Judah only.
    2 Kings 15:23
    In the fiftieth year of Azariah king of Judah, Pekahiah the son of Menahem became king over Israel in Samaria, and reigned two years.
    2 Kings 15:25
    Then Pekah the son of Remaliah, an officer of his, conspired against him and killed him in Samaria, in the citadel of the king's house, along with Argob and Arieh; and with him were fifty men of Gilead. He killed him and reigned in his place.
    Hosea 13:10
    I will be your King; Where is any other, That he may save you in all your cities? And your judges to whom you said, 'Give me a king and princes'?
    Hosea 13:11
    I gave you a king in My anger, And took him away in My wrath.
  5. Cross References
    Psalms 19:13
    Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; Let them not have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, And I shall be innocent of great transgression.
    Jeremiah 13:27
    I have seen your adulteries And your lustful neighings, The lewdness of your harlotry, Your abominations on the hills in the fields. Woe to you, O Jerusalem! Will you still not be made clean?
  6. Cross References
    Isaiah 40:19
    The workman molds an image, The goldsmith overspreads it with gold, And the silversmith casts silver chains.
  7. Cross References
    Proverbs 22:8
    He who sows iniquity will reap sorrow, And the rod of his anger will fail.
  8. Cross References
    Hosea 7:9
    Aliens have devoured his strength, But he does not know it; Yes, gray hairs are here and there on him, Yet he does not know it.
  9. Cross References
    2 Kings 17:6
    In the ninth year of Hoshea, the king of Assyria took Samaria and carried Israel away to Assyria, and placed them in Halah and by the Habor, the River of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes.
    Jeremiah 51:34
    Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon Has devoured me, he has crushed me; He has made me an empty vessel, He has swallowed me up like a monster; He has filled his stomach with my delicacies, He has spit me out.
  10. Cross References
    Jeremiah 22:28
    Is this man Coniah a despised, broken idol - A vessel in which is no pleasure? Why are they cast out, he and his descendants, And cast into a land which they do not know?
    Jeremiah 25:34
    Wail, shepherds, and cry! Roll about in the ashes, You leaders of the flock! For the days of your slaughter and your dispersions are fulfilled; You shall fall like a precious vessel.
  11. Cross References
    Hosea 7:11
    Ephraim also is like a silly dove, without sense - They call to Egypt, They go to Assyria.
    Hosea 12:1
    Ephraim feeds on the wind, And pursues the east wind; He daily increases lies and desolation. Also they make a covenant with the Assyrians, And oil is carried to Egypt.
    Jeremiah 2:24
    A wild donkey used to the wilderness, That sniffs at the wind in her desire; In her time of mating, who can turn her away? All those who seek her will not weary themselves; In her month they will find her.
  12. Cross References
    Ezekiel 16:33
    Men make payment to all harlots, but you made your payments to all your lovers, and hired them to come to you from all around for your harlotry.
    Ezekiel 16:34
    "You are the opposite of other women in your harlotry, because no one solicited you to be a harlot. In that you gave payment but no payment was given you, therefore you are the opposite."
  13. Cross References
    Ezekiel 16:37
    Surely, therefore, I will gather all your lovers with whom you took pleasure, all those you loved, and all those you hated; I will gather them from all around against you and will uncover your nakedness to them, that they may see all your nakedness.
    Ezekiel 22:20
    As men gather silver, bronze, iron, lead, and tin into the midst of a furnace, to blow fire on it, to melt it; so I will gather you in My anger and in My fury, and I will leave you there and melt you.
  14. Cross References
    Isaiah 10:8
    For he says, ' Are not my princes altogether kings?
    Ezekiel 26:7
    For thus says the Lord GOD: 'Behold, I will bring against Tyre from the north Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, king of kings, with horses, with chariots, and with horsemen, and an army with many people.
    Daniel 2:37
    You, O king, are a king of kings. For the God of heaven has given you a kingdom, power, strength, and glory.
  15. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 4:6 - 8
    "Therefore be careful to observe them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples who will hear all these statutes, and say, 'Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.'
    Psalms 119:18
    Open my eyes, that I may see Wondrous things from Your law.
    Psalms 147:19
    He declares His word to Jacob, His statutes and His judgments to Israel.
    Psalms 147:20
    He has not dealt thus with any nation; And as for His judgments, they have not known them. Praise the LORD!
  16. Cross References
    Zechariah 7:6
    When you eat and when you drink, do you not eat and drink for yourselves?
  17. Cross References
    Jeremiah 14:10
    Thus says the LORD to this people: "Thus they have loved to wander; They have not restrained their feet. Therefore the LORD does not accept them; He will remember their iniquity now, And punish their sins.
    Hosea 6:6
    For I desire mercy and not sacrifice, And the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.
    Hosea 9:4
    They shall not offer wine offerings to the LORD, Nor shall their sacrifices be pleasing to Him. It shall be like bread of mourners to them; All who eat it shall be defiled. For their bread shall be for their own life; It shall not come into the house of the LORD.
    1 Corinthians 4:5
    Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts. Then each one's praise will come from God.
  18. 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.
    Amos 8:7
    The LORD has sworn by the pride of Jacob: "Surely I will never forget any of their works.
    Luke 12:2
    For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, nor hidden that will not be known.
  19. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 32:18
    Of the Rock who begot you, you are unmindful, And have forgotten the God who fathered you.
    Hosea 2:13
    I will punish her For the days of the Baals to which she burned incense. She decked herself with her earrings and jewelry, And went after her lovers; But Me she forgot," says the LORD.
    Hosea 4:6
    My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.
    Hosea 13:6
    When they had pasture, they were filled; They were filled and their heart was exalted; Therefore they forgot Me.
  20. Cross References
    Isaiah 29:23
    But when he sees his children, The work of My hands, in his midst, They will hallow My name, And hallow the Holy One of Jacob, And fear the God of Israel.
  21. Cross References
    Numbers 32:17
    But we ourselves will be armed, ready to go before the children of Israel until we have brought them to their place; and our little ones will dwell in the fortified cities because of the inhabitants of the land.
    2 Kings 18:13
    And in the fourteenth year of King Hezekiah, Sennacherib king of Assyria came up against all the fortified cities of Judah and took them.
  22. Cross References
    Jeremiah 17:27
    "But if you will not heed Me to hallow the Sabbath day, such as not carrying a burden when entering the gates of Jerusalem on the Sabbath day, then I will kindle a fire in its gates, and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem, and it shall not be quenched." '"
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