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Hosea 8

 

 

Introduction
1Destruction is threatened both to Israel and Judah for their impiety and idolatry.

Verse 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.
the trumpet
5:8; Isaiah 18:3; 58:1; Jeremiah 4:5; 6:1; 51:27; Ezekiel 7:14; 33:3-6; Joel 2:1,15; Amos 3:6; Zephaniah 1:16; Zechariah 9:14; 1 Corinthians 15:52
thy mouth
Heb. the roof of thy mouth. as.
Deuteronomy 28:49; Jeremiah 4:13; 48:40; Habakkuk 1:8; Matthew 24:28
the house
9:15; 2 Kings 18:27; Amos 8:3; 9:1; Zechariah 11:1
transgressed
6:7; Isaiah 24:5; Jeremiah 31:32; Ezekiel 16:59; Hebrews 8:8-13

Verse 2
Israel shall cry unto me, My God, we know thee.
5:15; 7:13,14; 2 Kings 10:16,29; Psalms 78:34-37; Isaiah 48:1,2; Jeremiah 7:4; Micah 3:11; Matthew 7:21; 25:11; Luke 13:25; Titus 1:16; 1 John 2:4

Verse 3
Israel hath cast off the thing that is good: the enemy shall pursue him.
cast
Psalms 36:3; 81:10,11; Amos 1:11; 1 Timothy 5:12
the enemy
Leviticus 26:36; Deuteronomy 28:25; Lamentations 3:66; 4:19

Verse 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.
set
1 Kings 12:16-20; 2 Kings 15:10-30; "Shallum, Menakem, Pekahiah." I knew.; Matthew 25:12; Luke 13:25,27; John 10:14; Galatians 4:9
of
2:8; 13:2; 1 Kings 12:28; 16:31
that they
13:9; 1 Kings 13:34; Jeremiah 44:7,8; Ezekiel 18:31

Verse 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?
calf
6; 10:5; Isaiah 45:20; Acts 7:41
mine
Deuteronomy 32:22; 2 Kings 17:16-18,21-23
how
Proverbs 1:22; Jeremiah 4:14; 13:27

Verse 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.
from
Psalms 106:19,20
the workman
Psalms 115:4-8; 135:15-18; Isaiah 44:9-20; Jeremiah 10:3-9,14; Habakkuk 2:18; Acts 17:29; 19:26
the calf
10:2,5,6; Jeremiah 43:12,13; 50:2
shall
2 Kings 23:15,19; 2 Chronicles 31:1; 34:6,7

Verse 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.
sown
10:12; Job 4:8; Proverbs 22:8; Ecclesiastes 5:16; Galatians 6:7
it hath
Isaiah 17:11; Jeremiah 12:13
stalk
or, standing corn. the strangers.
7:9; Deuteronomy 28:33; Judges 6:3-6; 2 Kings 13:3-7; 15:19,29

Verse 8
Israel is swallowed up: now shall they be among the Gentiles as a vessel wherein is no pleasure.
swallowed
2 Kings 17:1-6; 18:11; Jeremiah 50:17; 51:34; Lamentations 2:2,5,16; Ezekiel 36:3
among
Leviticus 26:33; Deuteronomy 28:25,64
a vessel
Isaiah 30:14; Jeremiah 22:28; 48:38; Romans 9:22; 2 Timothy 2:20,21

Verse 9
For they are gone up to Assyria, a wild ass alone by himself: Ephraim hath hired lovers.
they
5:13; 7:11; 2 Kings 15:19; Ezekiel 23:5-9
a wild
Job 39:5-8; Jeremiah 2:24
hath
2:5-7,10; 12:1; Isaiah 30:6; Ezekiel 16:33,34
lovers
Heb. loves.

Verse 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.
now
10:10; Ezekiel 16:37; 23:9,10,22-26,46,47
sorrow a little
or, begin to sorrow in a little while, as.
Haggai 2:6
for
2 Kings 14:26; 15:19,20; 17:3; 1 Chronicles 5:26
the king
Isaiah 10:8; 36:13; Ezekiel 26:7; Daniel 2:37

Verse 11
Because Ephraim hath made many altars to sin, altars shall be unto him to sin.
many
10:1,2,8; 12:11; Isaiah 10:10,11
altars
Deuteronomy 4:28; Jeremiah 16:13

Verse 12
I have written to him the great things of my law, but they were counted as a strange thing.
written
Deuteronomy 4:6-8; Nehemiah 9:13,14; Psalms 119:18; 147:19,20; Proverbs 22:20; Ezekiel 20:11; Romans 3:1; 7:12
but
4:6; 2 Kings 17:15,16; Nehemiah 9:26; Psalms 50:17; Isaiah 30:9; Jeremiah 6:16,17

Verse 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.
They sacrifice, etc
or, In the sacrifices of mine offerings, they sacrifice flesh and eat it.
Jeremiah 7:21-23
but
5:6; 9:4; 12:11; 1 Samuel 15:22; Proverbs 21:27; Isaiah 1:11; Jeremiah 14:10; Amos 5:22; 1 Corinthians 11:20,29
now
9:9; Exodus 20:3; 32:34; Amos 8:7; Revelation 16:19
they shall
7:16; 9:3,6; 11:5; Deuteronomy 28:68

Verse 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.
forgotten
13:6; Deuteronomy 32:18; Psalms 106:21; Isaiah 17:10; Jeremiah 2:32; 3:21; 23:27
Maker
Isaiah 29:23; 43:21; Ephesians 2:10
and buildeth
1 Kings 12:31; 16:31
and Judah
2 Chronicles 26:10; 27:4; Isaiah 22:8-11
I will send
2 Kings 18:13; Isaiah 42:13,25; Jeremiah 17:27; Amos 1:4,10,12,14; 2:5

 


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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Hosea 8:4". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/hosea-8.html.

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