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Was God justified in bringing charges against Israel in the prophecy of Hosea, e.g. Hosea 4:16-17; 7:8-9, 11; 10:1; 12:1, 8?

16 The Israelites are stubborn,
    like a stubborn heifer.
How then can the Lord pasture them
    like lambs in a meadow?
17 Ephraim is joined to idols;
    leave him alone!

12 [ae]1 Ephraim feeds on the wind;
    he pursues the east wind all day
    and multiplies lies and violence.
He makes a treaty with Assyria
    and sends olive oil to Egypt.
Hosea 12:1 In Hebrew texts 12:1-14 is numbered 12:2-15.

Hosea 4:16 - 17

ESV - 16 Like a stubborn heifer, Israel is stubborn; can the Lord now feed them like a lamb in a broad pasture? 17 Ephraim is joined to idols; leave him alone.

Clarify Share Report Asked September 13 2019 My picture Jack Gutknecht

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
I would say that the book of Hosea is filled with listings of multiple actions through which Israel had angered God, and which justified His reference to Himself as "having a controversy with" (Hosea 4:1), or "having an indictment against" (Hosea 12:2), the southern kingdom of Judah, as well as the northern kingdom of Israel -- or, as it is frequently called in the book, "Ephraim" (the name of Joseph's younger son).

These included such actions as:

Idolatry/worshipping foreign gods (including having sex with cult prostitutes) 
(Hosea 4:10, 12-14)
Allying with heathen nations (Hosea 7:11; Hosea 8:9-10)
Not showing faithfulness (Hosea 4:1)
Not showing kindness (Hosea 4:1)
Having no knowledge of God (Hosea 4:1; Hosea 4:6)
Swearing (Hosea 4:2)
Lying (Hosea 4:2)
Killing (Hosea 4:2) 
Stealing (Hosea 4:2)
Committing adultery (Hosea 4:2)
Murder (Hosea 4:2)
Drunkenness (Hosea 4:18)
Pride/smugness/self-satisfaction (Hosea 5:5)
Having children with non-Israelites, and then raising them to worship other
gods (Hosea 5:7)
Making sacrifices to God while ignoring His commandments and laws 
(Hosea 8:11-14)
Making oaths that they did not perform (Hosea 10:4)
Trusting in arms and warriors (rather than God) to protect them (Hosea 10:13-15)

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