H O S E A.
The same strings, though generally unpleasing
ones, are harped upon in this chapter that were in those before.
People care not to be told either of their sin or of their danger
by sin; and yet it is necessary, and for their good, that they
should be told of both, nor can they better hear of either than
from the word of God and from their faithful ministers, while the
sin may be repented of and the danger prevented. Here, I. The
people of Israel are reproved and threatened for their idolatry,
ver. 1-4. II. They are
reproved and threatened for their wantonness, pride, and luxury,
and other abuses of their wealth and prosperity, ver. 5-8. III. The ruin that is coming upon
them for these and all their other sins is foretold as very
terrible, ver. 12, 13, 15,
16. IV. Those among them that yet retain a respect for
their God are here encouraged to hope that he will yet appear for
their relief, though their kings and princes, and all their other
supports and succours, fail them, ver. 9-11, 14.