H O S E A.
This chapter, as that before, divides itself into
the sins and punishments of Israel; every verse almost declares
both, and all to bring them to repentance. When they saw the
malignant nature of their sin, in the descriptions of that, they
could not but be convinced now much it was their duty to repent of
what was so bad in itself; and when they saw the mischievous
consequences of their sin, in the predictions of them, they could
not but see how much it was their interest to repent for the
preventing of them. I. The sin of Israel is here set forth, 1. In
many general expressions, ver.
1, 3, 12, 14. 2. In many particular instances; setting
up kings without God (ver.
4), setting up idols against God (ver. 4-6, 11), and courting alliances with
the neighbouring nations,, ver.
8-10. 3. In this aggravation of it, that they still kept
up a profession of religion and relation to God, ver. 2, 13, 14. II. The punishment of
Israel is here set forth as answering to the sin. God would bring
an enemy upon them, ver. 1,
3. All their projects should be blasted, ver. 7. Their confidence both in their
idols and in their foreign alliances should disappoint them,
ver. 6, 8, 10. Their
strength at home should fail them, ver.
14. Their sacrifices should have no reckoning made of
them, and their sins should have a reckoning made for them,