Hosea 10:1-15 NIV
1Israel was a spreading vine;
he brought forth fruit for himself.
As his fruit increased,
he built more altars;
as his land prospered,
2Their heart is deceitful,
and now they must bear their guilt.
The LORD Will Demolish their altars
and Destroy their sacred stones.
3Then they will say, “We have no king
because we did not revere The LORD.
But even if we had a king,
what could he do for us?”
4They make many promises,
take false oaths
and make agreements;
therefore lawsuits spring up
like poisonous weeds in a plowed field.
5The people who live in Samaria fear
for the calf-idol of Beth Aven.a
Its people will mourn over it,
and so will its idolatrous priests,
those who had rejoiced over its splendor,
because it is taken from them into exile.
6It will be carried to Assyria
as tribute for the great king.
Ephraim will be disgraced;
Israel will be ashamed of its foreign alliances.
7Samaria’s king will be destroyed,
swept away like a twig on the surface of the waters.
it is the sin of Israel.
Thorns and thistles will grow up
and cover their altars.
Then they will say to the mountains, “Cover us!”
and to the hills, “Fall on us!”
9“Since the days of Gibeah, you have sinned, Israel,
and there you have remained.c
Will not war again overtake
the evildoers in Gibeah?
10When I Please, I Will Punish them;
nations will be gathered against them
to put them in bonds for their double sin.
11Ephraim is a trained heifer
that loves to thresh;
so I Will Put a yoke
on her fair neck.
I Will Drive Ephraim,
Judah must plow,
and Jacob must break up the ground.
12Sow righteousness for yourselves,
and break up your unplowed ground;
For it is time to seek The LORD,
13But you have planted wickedness,
you have reaped evil,
you have eaten the fruit of deception.
Because you have depended on your own strength
and on your many warriors,
14the roar of battle will rise against your people,
so that all your fortresses will be devastated—
as Shalman devastated Beth Arbel on the day of battle,
when mothers were dashed to the ground with their children.
15So will it happen to you, Bethel,
because your wickedness is great.
When that day dawns,
the king of Israel will be completely destroyed.
This chapter is of the same argument with the former chapter, and others before that; setting forth the sins of the ten tribes, and threatening them with the Judgments of GOD for them; and exhorting them to repentance, and works of righteousness.
They are charged with unfruitfulness and ingratitude; increasing in idolatry, as they increased in temporal good things, Hosea 10:1; with a divided heart, and with irreverence of GOD, and their king; and with false swearing, covenant breaking, and injustice, Hosea 10:2; and are threatened with a removal of their king, and with the destruction of their idols, and places of idolatry, which should cause fear in the common people, and mourning among the priests, Hosea 10:1.
It is observed, that their sin had been of long continuance, though The LORD Had Been kind and good to them, in chastising them in love, giving them good laws, sending His prophets to exhort them to repentance and reformation, but all in vain, Hosea 10:9; wherefore they are threatened with the spoiling of their fortresses, the destruction of the people, and the cutting off of their king, Hosea 10:14.