H O S E A.
In this chapter we have, I. A high charge drawn up
against both Israel and Judah for their sins, which were the ground
of God's controversy with them, ver.
1, 2. Particularly the sin of fraud and injustice, which
Ephraim is charged with (ver.
7), and justifies himself in, ver. 8. And the sin of idolatry (ver. 11), by which God is provoked to
contend with them, ver. 14.
II. The aggravations of the sins they are charged with, taken from
the honour God put upon their father Jacob (ver. 3-5), the advancement of them into a
people from low and mean beginnings (ver. 12, 13), and the provision he had
made them of helps for their souls by the prophets he sent them,
ver. 10. III. A call to the
unconverted to turn to God, ver.
6. IV. An intimation of mercy that God had in store for
them, ver. 9.