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Introduction

\\INTRODUCTION TO HOSEA 12\\

This chapter contains complaints and charges both against Israel and
Judah, and threatens them with punishment in case they repent not,
which they are exhorted to: and first Ephraim is charged with idolatry,
vain confidence in, and alliances with, foreign nations, \\#Ho 12:1\\; and
then the Lord declares he has a controversy with Judah, and will punish
the inhabitants of it for their sins, \\#Ho 12:2\\; which are aggravated by
their being the descendants of so great a man as Jacob, who got the
advantage of his elder brother, had much power with God, and received
favours from him, and they also, \\#Ho 12:3-5\\; and therefore are exhorted
to turn to God, wait on him, and do that which is right and good,
\\#Ho 12:6\\. Ephraim is again in his turn charged with fraudulent dealing
in trade, and with oppression, and the love of it; and yet pretended he
got riches by his own labour, without wronging any, \\#Ho 12:7,8\\;
nevertheless, the Lord promises them public ordinances of worship, and
joy in them, and the ministry of his prophets, \\#Ho 12:9,10\\; though for
the present they were guilty of gross idolatry, \\#Ho 12:11\\; which is
aggravated by the raising of Jacob their progenitor from a low estate,
and the wonderful preservation of him, and the bringing of them out of
Egypt, \\#Ho 12:12,13\\; and the chapter is closed with observing
Ephraim's bitter provocation of God, for which his reproach should
return unto him, and his blood be left upon him, \\#Ho 12:14\\.