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Hosea 7

 

 

Introduction
1A reproof of manifold sins.
11God's wrath against them for their hypocrisy.

Verse 1
When I would have healed Israel, then the iniquity of Ephraim was discovered, and the wickedness of Samaria: for they commit falsehood; and the thief cometh in, and the troop of robbers spoileth without.
I would
Jeremiah 51:9; Matthew 23:37; Luke 13:34; 19:42
the iniquity
4:17; 6:8; 8:9; Isaiah 28:1; Micah 6:16
wickedness
Heb. evils.
8:5; 10:5; Ezekiel 16:46; 23:4; Amos 8:14
they commit
5:1; 6:10; 11:12; 12:1; Isaiah 59:12; Jeremiah 9:2-6; Micah 7:3-7
the troop
6:9
spoileth
Heb. strippeth.

Verse 2
And they consider not in their hearts that I remember all their wickedness: now their own doings have beset them about; they are before my face.
consider not in
Heb. say not to.
Deuteronomy 32:29; Psalms 50:22; Isaiah 1:3; 5:12; 44:19
I remember
9:9; Psalms 25:7; Jeremiah 14:10; Amos 8:7; Luke 12:2; 1 Corinthians 4:5
their own
Numbers 32:23; Job 20:11-29; Psalms 9:16; Proverbs 5:22; Isaiah 26:16; Jeremiah 2:19; 4:18
are before
Job 34:21; Psalms 90:8; Proverbs 5:21; Jeremiah 16:17; 32:19; Hebrews 4:13

Verse 3
They make the king glad with their wickedness, and the princes with their lies.
5:11; 1 Kings 22:6,13; Jeremiah 5:31; 9:2; 28:1-4; 37:19; Amos 7:10-13; Micah 6:16; Micah 7:3; Romans 1:32; 1 John 4:5

Verse 4
They are all adulterers, as an oven heated by the baker, who ceaseth from raising after he hath kneaded the dough, until it be leavened.
are all
4:2,12; Jeremiah 5:7,8; 9:2; James 4:4
as
6,7
who ceaseth, etc
or, the raiser will cease. raising. or, waking.

Verse 5
In the day of our king the princes have made him sick with bottles of wine; he stretched out his hand with scorners.
the day
Genesis 40:20; Daniel 5:1-4; Matthew 14:6; Mark 6:21
made
Proverbs 20:1; Isaiah 5:11,12,22,23; 28:1,7,8; Habakkuk 2:15,16; Ephesians 5:18; 1 Peter 4:3,4
bottles of wine
or, heat through wine. he stretched.
1 Kings 13:4
with scorners
Psalms 1:1; 69:12; Proverbs 13:20; 23:29-35; Daniel 5:4,23

Verse 6
For they have made ready their heart like an oven, whiles they lie in wait: their baker sleepeth all the night; in the morning it burneth as a flaming fire.
they
4,7; 1 Samuel 19:11-15; 2 Samuel 13:28,29; Psalms 10:8,9; Proverbs 4:16; Micah 2:1
made ready
or, applied.

Verse 7
They are all hot as an oven, and have devoured their judges; all their kings are fallen: there is none among them that calleth unto me.
devoured
8:4; 1 Kings 15:28; 16:9-11,18,22; 2 Kings 9:24,33; 10:7,14; 2 Kings 15:10,14,25,30
there
10,14; 5:15; Job 36:13; Isaiah 9:13; 43:22; 64:7; Ezekiel 22:30; Daniel 9:13

Verse 8
Ephraim, he hath mixed himself among the people; Ephraim is a cake not turned.
he hath
5:7,13; 9:3; Ezra 9:1,12; Nehemiah 13:23-25; Psalms 106:35; Ezekiel 23:4-11; Malachi 2:11
a cake
8:2-4; 1 Kings 18:21; Zephaniah 1:5; Matthew 6:24; Revelation 3:15,16

Verse 9
Strangers have devoured his strength, and he knoweth it not: yea, gray hairs are here and there upon him, yet he knoweth not.
devoured
8:7; 2 Kings 13:3-7,22; 15:19; Proverbs 23:35; Isaiah 42:22-25; 57:1
here and there
Heb. sprinkled.

Verse 10
And the pride of Israel testifieth to his face: and they do not return to the LORD their God, nor seek him for all this.
the pride
5:5; Jeremiah 3:3
and they
7; 6:1; Proverbs 27:22; Isaiah 9:13; Jeremiah 8:5,6; 25:5-7; 35:15-17; Amos 4:6-13; Zechariah 1:4
nor
Psalms 10:4; 14:2; 53:2; Romans 3:11

Verse 11
Ephraim also is like a silly dove without heart: they call to Egypt, they go to Assyria.
a silly
11:11
without
4:11; Proverbs 6:32; 15:32; *marg:; Proverbs 17:16
they call
5:13; 8:8,9; 9:3; 12:1; 14:3; 2 Kings 15:19; 17:3,4; Isaiah 30:1-6; 31:1-3; Jeremiah 2:18,36; Ezekiel 23:4-8

Verse 12
When they shall go, I will spread my net upon them; I will bring them down as the fowls of the heaven; I will chastise them, as their congregation hath heard.
I will spread
Job 19:6; Jeremiah 16:16; Ezekiel 12:13; 17:20; 32:3
I will bring
Ecclesiastes 9:12; Leviticus 26:14-46; Deuteronomy 28:15-68; 29:22-28; 31:16-29; 32:15-43; 2 Kings 17:13-18; Jeremiah 44:4; Revelation 3:19

Verse 13
Woe unto them! for they have fled from me: destruction unto them! because they have transgressed against me: though I have redeemed them, yet they have spoken lies against me.
Woe
9:12; Isaiah 31:1; Lamentations 5:16; Ezekiel 16:23; Matthew 23:13-29; Revelation 8:13
fled
11:2; Job 21:14,15; 22:17; Psalms 139:7-9; Jonah 1:3,10
destruction
Heb. spoil. though.
Deuteronomy 15:15; Nehemiah 1:10; Psalms 106:10; 107:2,3; Isaiah 41:14; 43:1; 63:8; Micah 6:4; 1 Peter 1:18,19
spoken
3; 11:12; Isaiah 59:13; Jeremiah 18:11,12; 42:20; 44:17,18; Ezekiel 18:2,25; Malachi 3:13-15; 1 John 1:10

Verse 14
And they have not cried unto me with their heart, when they howled upon their beds: they assemble themselves for corn and wine, and they rebel against me.
they have not
Job 35:9,10; Psalms 78:34-37; Isaiah 29:13; Jeremiah 3:10; Zechariah 7:5
when
Isaiah 52:5; 65:14; Amos 8:3; James 5:1
assemble
3:1; Exodus 32:6; Judges 9:27; Amos 2:8; Micah 2:11; Romans 16:18; Philippians 3:19; James 4:3

Verse 15
Though I have bound and strengthened their arms, yet do they imagine mischief against me.
I have
2 Kings 13:5,23; 14:25-27; Psalms 106:43-45
bound
or, chastened.
Job 5:17; Psalms 94:12; Proverbs 3:11; Hebrews 12:5; Revelation 3:19
imagine
Psalms 2:1; 62:3; Jeremiah 17:9; Nahum 1:9; Acts 4:25; Romans 1:21; 2 Corinthians 10:5

Verse 16
They return, but not to the most High: they are like a deceitful bow: their princes shall fall by the sword for the rage of their tongue: this shall be their derision in the land of Egypt.
return
6:4; 8:14; 11:7; Psalms 78:37; Jeremiah 3:10; Luke 8:13; 11:24-26
like
Psalms 78:57
the rage
13; Psalms 12:4; 52:2; 57:4; 73:9; Isaiah 3:8; Jeremiah 18:18; Matthew 12:36; James 3:5; 2 Peter 2:8; Revelation 13:5
this
8:13; 9:3,6; Ezekiel 23:32; 36:20

 


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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Hosea 7:4". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/hosea-7.html.

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