Hosea, Chapter 5
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5:1 Hear ye this, O priests; and hearken, ye house of Israel;
and give ye ear, O house of the king; for judgment [is]
toward you, because ye have been a a snare on Mizpah, and
a net spread upon Tabor.
(a) The priests and princes caught the poor people in their
snares, as the fowlers did the birds, in these two high
5:2 And the revolters are profound to make b slaughter, though
I [have been] a c rebuker of them all.
(b) Even though they seemed to be given altogether to
holiness, and to sacrifices which here he calls
slaughter in contempt.
5:3 I know d Ephraim, and Israel is not hid from me: for now,
O Ephraim, thou committest whoredom, [and] Israel is
(c) Though I had admonished them continually by my Prophets.
(d) They boasted themselves not only to be Israelites, but
also Ephraimites, because their King Jeroboam came from
5:5 And the e pride of Israel doth testify to his face:
therefore shall Israel and Ephraim fall in their iniquity;
Judah also shall fall with them.
(e) Meaning their condemning of all admonitions.
5:7 They have dealt treacherously against the LORD: for they
have begotten f strange children: now shall g a month
devour them with their portions.
(f) That is, their children are degenerate, so that there is
no hope in them.
5:8 Blow ye the cornet in Gibeah, [and] the trumpet in Ramah:
cry aloud [at] Bethaven, after thee, O h Benjamin.
(g) Their destruction is not far off.
(h) That is, all of Israel that was included under this
tribe, signifying that the Lord's plagues would pursue
them from place to place until they were destroyed.
5:9 Ephraim shall be desolate in the day of rebuke: among the
tribes of Israel have I made i known that which shall
(i) By the success they will know that I have surely
5:10 The princes of Judah were like them that k remove the
bound: [therefore] I will pour out my wrath upon them like
(k) They have turned upside down all political order and all
manner of religion.
5:11 Ephraim [is] oppressed [and] broken in judgment, because he
willingly walked after the l commandment.
(l) That is, after King Jeroboam's commandment, and did not
rather follow God.
5:13 When Ephraim saw his sickness, and Judah [saw] his wound,
then went Ephraim to m the Assyrian, and sent to king n
Jareb: yet could he not heal you, nor cure you of your
(m) Instead of seeking for remedy from God's hand.
(n) Who was king of the Assyrians.
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