Hosea 5:12

12 I am like a moth to Ephraim, like rot to the people of Judah.

Read Hosea 5:12 Using Other Translations

Therefore will I be unto Ephraim as a moth, and to the house of Judah as rottenness.
But I am like a moth to Ephraim, and like dry rot to the house of Judah.
I will destroy Israel as a moth consumes wool. I will make Judah as weak as rotten wood.

What does Hosea 5:12 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Hosea 5:12

Therefore [will] I [be] unto Ephraim as a moth
Which eats garments, penetrates into them, feeds on them privately, secretly, without any noise, and gradually and slowly consumes them; but at last utterly, that they are of no use and profit: this may signify the various things which befell the ten tribes in the reigns of Zachariah, Shallum, Menahem, Pekahiah, and Pekah, which secretly and gradually weakened them; and the utter consumption of them in the times of Hoshea by Shalmaneser: and to the house of Judah as rottenness;
as rottenness in the bones, ( Proverbs 12:4 ) ; which can never be got out or cured; or as a worm that eats into wood, as Jarchi interprets it; and gets into the very heart of a tree, and eats it out: thus the Lord threatens the house of Judah, or the two tribes, with a gradual, yet thorough, ruin and destruction.

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