Hosea 5

The Book of Hosea
Chapter 5

Chapter Overview:

The scope of this chapter likewise, is to discover the sins of Israel and Judah, and to denounce the judgments of God against them, ver. 1 - 15.
5:1For judgment - God's controversy is with you all. A snare - You, O priests and princes, have ensnared the people by your examples.Mizpah - By idolatries acted at Mizpah, a part of Libanus.On Tabor - Here, as in Mizpah, idolatry catched men as birds are taken in a net.
5:2The revolters - All those that have cast off the law of God.Profound - Dig deep to hide their counsels, and to slay the innocent.Though I - Hosea.
5:5Doth testify - Is an evident witness against him.
5:6To seek the Lord - The Jewish doctors tell us, that under Hosea, Israel had liberty of bringing their sacrifices to Jerusalem.Shall not find him - God will not be found of them.Hath withdrawn himself - For their impenitency.
5:7Have begotten - They have trained up their children in the same idolatry. A month - Possibly it may refer to Shallum's short time of usurpation, which lasted but a month; the Assyrians shall make a speedy conquest over you. With their portions - With all their substance.
5:8Blow ye - Ye watchmen, sound the alarm, the enemy cometh.After thee, O Benjamin - After thy cries. After thee, O Beth - aven, let Benjamin also cry aloud: for they shall also fall for their sin.
5:9Ephraim - The whole kingdom of the ten tribes. Rebuke - When Salmaneser shall besiege, sack and captivate all thy cities, rebuked for their sins. Of Israel - To the house of Israel openly.Made known - By my prophets.
5:10The bound - The ancient bounds which limited every one, and prevented the encroaching of covetous men. Like water - Like an overflowing flood.
5:11Ephraim - The ten tribes are by seditions, civil wars, unjust sentences, and bloody conspiracies eaten up already.After the commandment - To forbear going to the temple, and to worship the calves at Dan and Bethel, as Jeroboam the son of Nebat commanded.
5:12A moth - Moths leisurely eat up our clothes; so God was then, and had been, from Jeroboam's death, weakening the ten tribes.As rottenness - Secretly consuming them.
5:13His sickness - Weakness, like a consumption, threatening death.Then went - Made application. The Assyrian - Particularly to Israel or Pul.
5:14Will tear - Divine vengeance by the Assyrians, shall be as a lion tearing his prey.