Hosea 13:6

6 1but when they had grazed,[a] they became full, 2they were filled, and their heart was lifted up; 3therefore they forgot me.

Hosea 13:6 Meaning and Commentary

Hosea 13:6

According to their pasture, so were they filled
When they came into the land of Canaan, which was a land flowing with milk and honey, they were like a flock of sheep brought from short commons to a good pasture; and there they tilled themselves to the fail, and indulged to luxury and excess, pampered themselves, and made provision for the flesh to fulfil its lusts, and became carnal and sensual: they were filled, and their hearts were exalted:
they were elated with their plenty, and grew proud and haughty, and attributed their fulness not to the goodness of God, but to their own excellency and merit; and put their trust and confidence in their affluence, and not in the Lord; and thought themselves safe and secure, and out of all danger, and concluded it would never be otherwise with them: therefore have they forgotten me;
the Author of their beings, the Father of their mercies, and God of all their comforts; they forgot to give him praise and glory for their abundance; to place their trust and have their dependence on him, and to serve and worship him; this was the consequence of their luxury and pride. The Targum is,

``therefore they left my worship;''
they waxed fat, and kicked, and lightly esteemed and forsook the God and Rock of their salvation, ( Deuteronomy 32:15 ) .

Hosea 13:6 In-Context

4 But I am the LORD your God from the land of Egypt; you know no God but me, and besides me there is no savior.
5 It was I who knew you in the wilderness, in the land of drought;
6 but when they had grazed, they became full, they were filled, and their heart was lifted up; therefore they forgot me.
7 So I am to them like a lion; like a leopard I will lurk beside the way.
8 I will fall upon them like a bear robbed of her cubs; I will tear open their breast, and there I will devour them like a lion, as a wild beast would rip them open.

Cross References 3

  • 1. [Hosea 4:7]
  • 2. Deuteronomy 8:12, 14; [Deuteronomy 32:15]
  • 3. Deuteronomy 8:12, 14; [Deuteronomy 32:15]

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Hebrew according to their pasture