Hosea 2:12

12 I will ruin her vines and her fig trees, which she said were her pay from her lovers; I will make them a thicket, and wild animals will devour them.

Read Hosea 2:12 Using Other Translations

And I will destroy her vines and her fig trees, whereof she hath said, These are my rewards that my lovers have given me: and I will make them a forest, and the beasts of the field shall eat them.
And I will lay waste her vines and her fig trees, of which she said, 'These are my wages, which my lovers have given me.' I will make them a forest, and the beasts of the field shall devour them.
I will destroy her grapevines and fig trees, things she claims her lovers gave her. I will let them grow into tangled thickets, where only wild animals will eat the fruit.

What does Hosea 2:12 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Hosea 2:12

And I will destroy her vines and her fig trees
Which are mentioned for the rest, being the most fruitful and beneficial: this was done when Judea was invaded, overrun and wasted, by the Roman army; and when many were cut down, as Josephus observes, to build forts, and cast up mounts against Jerusalem; so that, he, says F12, the appearance of the earth was miserable, for what before was adorned with trees and gardens, looked now like a wilderness: whereof she hath said, these are my rewards that my lovers have given
me;
alluding to the hire of harlots, given them by their gallants; these she ascribed, as she did before her bread, water, wool, flax; and oil, ( Hosea 2:5 ) , not to God, the author and giver of them, but to the people her lovers, as the Targum; or to her idols, or to her beloved tenets, and doing according to them; and which is here mentioned as a reason of the divine resentment, and why he destroyed these fruitful trees: and I will make them a forest, and the beasts of the field shall eat
them;
make the vines and fig trees like forest trees, barren and unfruitful; the fruitful land of Judea should be turned into a forest, or become like a desert or wilderness, and all the fruits of it should be eaten up by wild beasts; by their enemies, compared to the beasts of the field, particularly the Romans, the fourth beast; see ( Isaiah 56:9 ) ( Daniel 7:7 ) .


FOOTNOTES:

F12 De Bello Jud. l. 6. c. 1. sect. 1.
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