Superscription 1 This is the word of the Lord which was revealed to Hosea son of Beeri during the time when Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah ruled Judah, and during the time when Jeroboam son of Joash ruled Israel. Symbols of Sin and Judgment: The Prostitute and Her Children 2 When the Lord first spoke […]
Hosea is supposed to have been of the kingdom of Israel. He lived and prophesied during a long period. The scope of his predictions appears to be, to detect, reprove, and convince the Jewish nation in general, and the Israelites in particular, of their many sins, particularly their idolatry: the corrupt state of the kingdom is also noticed. But he invites them to repentance, with promises of mercy, and gospel predictions of the future restoration of the Israelites and of the Jews, and their final conversion to Christianity.
1 Then you will call your brother, “My People” (Ammi)! You will call your sister, “Pity” (Ruhamah)! Idolatrous Israel Will Be Punished Like a Prostitute 2 Plead earnestly with your mother(for she is not my wife, and I am not her husband),so that she might put an end to her adulterous lifestyle,and turn away from […]
An Illustration of God’s Love for Idolatrous Israel 1 The Lord said to me, “Go, show love to your wife again, even though she loves another man and continually commits adultery. Likewise, the Lord loves the Israelites although they turn to other gods and love to offer raisin cakes to idols.” 2 So I paid […]
The Lord’s Covenant Lawsuit against the Nation Israel 1 Hear the word of the Lord, you Israelites!For the Lord has a covenant lawsuit against the people of Israel.For there is neither faithfulness nor loyalty in the land,nor do they acknowledge God.2 There is only cursing, lying, murder, stealing, and adultery.They resort to violence and bloodshed.3 […]
Announcement of Sin and Judgment 1 Hear this, you priests!Pay attention, you Israelites!Listen closely, O king!For judgment is about to overtake you!For you were like a trap to Mizpah,like a net spread out to catch Tabor.2 Those who revolt are knee-deep in slaughter,but I will discipline them all.3 I know Ephraim all too well;the evil […]