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Hosea 6

 

 

Introduction
1Exhortations to repent and hope in God.
4A lamentation over those who had sinned after conviction.
5Reproofs of obstinate sinners, and threatenings against them.

Verse 1
Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.
and let
5:15; 14:1; Isaiah 2:3; 55:7; Jeremiah 3:22; 50:4; Lamentations 3:40,41; Zephaniah 2:1
he hath torn
5:12-14; 13:7-9; Deuteronomy 32:39; 1 Samuel 2:6; Job 5:18; 34:29; Psalms 30:7; Isaiah 30:22; Jeremiah 30:12; 33:5; Lamentations 3:32,33

Verse 2
After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.
two
13:14; 2 Kings 20:5; Psalms 30:4; Isaiah 26:19; Ezekiel 37:11-13; 1 Corinthians 15:4
we
Genesis 17:18; Psalms 61:7; John 14:19; Romans 14:8

Verse 3
Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.
we know
2:20; Isaiah 54:13; Jeremiah 24:7; Micah 4:2; John 17:3
if
Proverbs 2:1-5; Matthew 13:11; John 7:17; Acts 17:11; Philippians 3:13-15; Hebrews 3:14
his going
2 Samuel 23:4; Psalms 19:4; Proverbs 4:18; Malachi 4:2; Luke 1:78; 2 Peter 1:19; Revelation 22:16
as the rain
10:12; 14:5; Deuteronomy 32:2; Job 29:23; Psalms 65:9; 72:6; Isaiah 5:6; 32:15; 44:3; Ezekiel 36:25; Joel 2:23,24; Micah 5:7; Zechariah 10:1

Verse 4
O Ephraim, what shall I do unto thee? O Judah, what shall I do unto thee? for your goodness is as a morning cloud, and as the early dew it goeth away.
what
11:8; Isaiah 5:3,4; Jeremiah 3:19; 5:7,9,23; 9:7; Luke 13:7-9; 19:41,42
for
Judges 2:18,19; Psalms 78:34-37; 106:12,13; Jeremiah 3:10; 34:15; Matthew 13:21; 2 Peter 2:20-22
goodness
or, mercy, or, kindness. as a.
13:3

Verse 5
Therefore have I hewed them by the prophets; I have slain them by the words of my mouth: and thy judgments are as the light that goeth forth.
have I
1 Samuel 13:13; 15:22; 1 Kings 14:6; 17:1; 18:17; 2 Kings 1:16; 2 Chronicles 21:12; Isaiah 58:1; Jeremiah 1:10,18; 5:14; 13:13; Ezekiel 3:9; 43:3; Acts 7:31
I have
1 Kings 19:17; Isaiah 11:4; Jeremiah 23:29; Hebrews 4:12; Revelation 1:16; 2:16; 9:15,21
and thy judgments are as
or, that thy judgments might be as, etc.
Genesis 18:25; Job 34:10; Psalms 37:6; 119:120; Zephaniah 3:5; Romans 2:5

Verse 6
For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.
I desired
1 Samuel 15:22; Psalms 50:8; Proverbs 21:3; Ecclesiastes 5:1; Isaiah 1:11; 58:6; Jeremiah 7:22; Daniel 4:27; Amos 5:21; Micah 6:6; Matthew 5:7; 9:13; 12:7
the
4:1; 1 Chronicles 28:9; Jeremiah 22:16; 1 John 2:3; 3:6

Verse 7
But they like men have transgressed the covenant: there have they dealt treacherously against me.
men
or, Adam.
Genesis 3:6,11; Job 31:33
transgressed
8:1; 2 Kings 17:15; Isaiah 24:5; Jeremiah 31:32; Ezekiel 16:59-61; Hebrews 8:9
they dealt
5:7; Isaiah 24:16; 48:8; Jeremiah 3:7; 5:11; 9:6

Verse 8
Gilead is a city of them that work iniquity, and is polluted with blood.
Gilead
12:11; Joshua 21:38
polluted with blood
or, cunning for blood.
5:1; 2 Samuel 3:27; 20:8; 1 Kings 2:5; Psalms 10:8; 59:2; Isaiah 59:6; Jeremiah 11:19; Micah 7:2; Matthew 26:15,16; Acts 23:12-15; 25:3

Verse 9
And as troops of robbers wait for a man, so the company of priests murder in the way by consent: for they commit lewdness.
as troops
7:1; Ezra 8:31; Job 1:15-17; Proverbs 1:11-19
so
5:1; Jeremiah 11:9; Ezekiel 22:27; Micah 3:9; Zephaniah 3:3; Mark 14:1; Luke 22:2-6; John 11:47; Acts 4:24
by consent
Heb. with one shoulder, or, to Shechem.
1 Kings 12:25
lewdness
or, enormity.

Verse 10
I have seen an horrible thing in the house of Israel: there is the whoredom of Ephraim, Israel is defiled.
Jeremiah 2:12,13; 5:30,31; 18:13; 23:14
there
4:11,17; 5:3; 1 Kings 12:8; 15:30; 2 Kings 17:7; Jeremiah 3:6; Ezekiel 23:5

Verse 11
Also, O Judah, he hath set an harvest for thee, when I returned the captivity of my people.
he hath
Jeremiah 51:33; Joel 3:13; Micah 4:12; Revelation 14:15
when
Job 42:10; Psalms 126:1; Zephaniah 2:7

 


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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Hosea 6:4". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/hosea-6.html.

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