Bible: Hosea 5:8-6:6
The Prophet’s Declaration of Judgment
5:8 Blow the ram’s horn in Gibeah!
Sound the trumpet in Ramah!
Sound the alarm in Beth Aven! 1
Tremble in fear, 2 O Benjamin!
5:9 Ephraim will be ruined in the day of judgment! 3
The Oppressors of the Helpless Will Be Oppressed
5:10 The princes of Judah are like those who move boundary markers.
I will pour out my rage on them like a torrential flood! 6
because he was determined to pursue worthless idols. 10
The Curse of the Incurable Wound
5:12 I will be like a moth to Ephraim,
like wood rot 11 to the house of Judah.
5:13 When Ephraim saw 12 his sickness
and Judah saw his wound,
then Ephraim turned 13 to Assyria,
But he will not be able to heal you!
He cannot cure your wound! 16
The Lion Will Carry Israel Off Into Exile
5:14 I will be like a lion to Ephraim,
like a young lion to the house of Judah.
I myself will tear them to pieces,
then I will carry them off, and no one will be able to rescue them!
5:15 Then I will return again to my lair
until they have suffered their punishment. 17
Then they will seek me; 18
in their distress they will earnestly seek me.
Superficial Repentance Breeds False Assurance of God’s Forgivene
6:1 “Come on! Let’s return to the
He himself has torn us to pieces,
but he will heal us!
He has injured 19 us,
but he will bandage our wounds!
he will heal us in a little while, 22
so that we may live in his presence.
6:3 So let us acknowledge him! 23
He will come to our rescue as certainly as the appearance of the dawn,
as certainly as the winter rain comes,
as certainly as the spring rain that waters the land.”
Transitory Faithfulness and Imminent Judgment
6:4 What am I going to do with you, O Ephraim?
What am I going to do with you, O Judah?
it disappears as quickly as dawn’s dew! 28
6:6 For I delight in faithfulness, not simply in sacrifice;