|Hos 10:1 Israel is a luxuriant and prolific vine;
He produces fruit for himself.
The more his fruit,
The more altars he made [to Baal];
The richer his land,
The better he made the [idolatrous] pillars.
|Hos 10:2 Their heart is divided (faithless);
Now they must bear their guilt and punishment.
The LORD will break down [the horns of] their altars;
He will destroy their idolatrous pillars.
|Hos 10:3 ¶ Surely now they will say [in despair], "We have no [true] king,
For we do not revere the LORD;
And as for the king, what can he do for us [to rescue us]?"
|Hos 10:4 They have spoken empty (disingenuous) words,
Swearing falsely to make covenants [they intend to break];
Therefore, judgment springs up like poisonous weeds in the furrows of the field.
|Hos 10:5 The people of Samaria will fear and tremble
For the [idolatrous] calf of Beth-aven (House of Wickedness).
Indeed, its people will mourn over it
And its idolatrous priests will cry out and wail over it,
Over its glory, because the glory [of their calf god] has departed from it.
|Hos 10:6 The golden calf itself will be carried to Assyria
As tribute to King Jareb;
Ephraim will be seized with shame
And Israel will be ashamed of his own counsel [to worship the calf and separate Israel from Judah].
|Hos 10:7 As for Samaria, her king will be cut off and float away
Like a twig on the surface of the water.
|Hos 10:8 Also the high places of Aven (Beth-aven), the sin of Israel, will be destroyed;
The thorn and the thistle will grow on their [pagan] altars,
And [in despair] they will say to the mountains,
"Cover us!" And to the hills, "Fall on us!" [Luke 23:30; Rev 6:16; 9:6]
|Hos 10:9 O Israel, you have [willfully] sinned since the days of Gibeah;
There they (Israel) stand!
Will not the battle against the sons of wickedness overtake them at Gibeah? [Judg 20]
|Hos 10:10 When it is my desire [to defend My righteousness], I will chastise them;
And [hostile] peoples will be gathered against them
When they are bound and punished for their double guilt [their revolt against the LORD and their worship of idols]. [Jer 2:13; Lam 3:31-33]
|Hos 10:11 ¶ Ephraim is a trained heifer that loves to tread out the grain,
But I will come over her fair neck with a heavy yoke [for hard field work].
I will harness Ephraim;
Judah will plow and Jacob will harrow and rake for himself.
|Hos 10:12 Sow with a view to righteousness [that righteousness, like seed, may germinate];
Reap in accordance with mercy and lovingkindness.
Break up your uncultivated ground,
For it is time to seek and search diligently for the LORD [and to long for His blessing]
Until He comes to rain righteousness and His gift of salvation on you. [2 Cor 9:10]
|Hos 10:13 You have plowed and planted wickedness, you have reaped the [willful] injustice [of oppressors],
You have eaten the fruit of lies.
Because you have trusted in your own way and your chariots, and in your many warriors,
|Hos 10:14 Therefore an uproar will arise among your people,
And all your fortresses will be destroyed,
As Shalman destroyed Beth-arbel on the day of battle,
When mothers were dashed in pieces with their children. [2 Kin 17:3]
|Hos 10:15 In this way it will be done to you at [idolatrous] Bethel because of your great wickedness;
At daybreak the king of Israel will be completely cut off.