Hosea 8
Blow the trumpet; covenant broken  1
The idol calf didn't help  5
Israel is swallowed by the nations  8
God will punish his people; they will return to Egypt  11
 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.
  1 - Trumpet ... transgressed Seejl02.
  2 - We know thee See tt0116.
.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.
  5 - Calf Reference to the apostasy initiated by Jeroboam I 1ki1228.
  6 - Not God Because God made the workman.
  7 - Sown the wind This instead of grain for nourishment. The two winds could be seen as strife and terrible strife.
.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.
  8 - Israel swallowed See the preceding verses. The undesirable bottle would be an animal skin for carrying liquids. It is easy to see how such a container could become contaminated. No one would want to drink from it. Instead, the objective is seen at 2co0215,6.
  9 - Wild ass alone Stubborn independence. The lovers would be alliances in spiritual adultery contrary to the plan of God.
  10 - Burden ... king of princes They would be oppressed by Assyria.
.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.
  11 - Ephriam ... altars to sin This instead of the Jerusalem temple. See ho1001, del201-14, ho0217.
  13 - Visit their sins ... Egypt They would not literally return but would be in bondage and sin nu1403,4. Their fate would be worse than life in Egypt.
  14 - Fenced cities For example, 2ch2704.

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