H O S E A.
Prophets were sent to be reprovers, to tell people
of their faults, and to warn them of the judgments of God, to which
by sin they exposed themselves; so the prophet is employed in this
and the following chapters. He is here, as counsel for the King of
kings, opening an indictment against the people of Israel, and
labouring to convince them of sin, and of their misery and danger
because of sin, that he might prevail with them to repent and
reform. I. He shows them what were the grounds of God's controversy
with them, a general prevalency of vice and profaneness (ver. 1, 2), ignorance and
forgetfulness of God (ver. 6,
7), the worldly-mindedness of the priests (ver. 8), drunkenness and uncleanness
(ver. 11), using divination
and witchcraft (ver. 12),
offering sacrifice in the high places (ver. 13), whoredoms (ver. 14, 18), and bribery among
magistrates, ver. 18. II. He
shows them what would be the consequences of God's controversy. God
would punish them for these things, ver.
9. The whole land should be laid waste (ver. 3), all sorts of people cut off
(ver. 5), their honour lost
(ver. 7), their
creature-comforts unsatisfying (ver.
10), and themselves made ashamed, ver. 19. And, which is several times mentioned
here as the sorest judgment of all, they should be let alone in
their sins (ver. 17), they
shall not reprove one another (ver.
4), God will not punish them (ver. 14), nay, he will let them prosper,
ver. 16. III. He gives
warning to Judah not to tread in the steps of Israel, because they
saw their steps went down to hell, ver.