Dave Burnette's Commentary

Hosea Chapter 10

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Hosea
Date Penned: BC 715 (Covering Events BC 753-715)
Overview: God's Wayward People (c 4-14)
Theme: Israel's Punishment (c 6-12)
Message: Hosea Predicts Punishment (v 1-15) 

Hosea: Chapter 10 Commentary    

(10:1) Israel prospered under Jeroboam II, gaining military and economic strength. But the more prosperous the nation became, the more it lavished on idols. It seems as if the more God gives, the more we spend. We want bigger houses, better cars, and finer clothes. But the finest things the world offers line the pathway to destruction. As you prosper, consider where your money is going. Is it being used for the Lord's purposes, or are you consuming it on yourself?

(10:3) This statement shows Israel's unrepentant attitude. First they put their confidence in a king. When their king was taken away, however, they did not turn back to God. Instead they continued in their sinful ways.

(10:4) God was angry with the people of Israel for their insincere promises to him and in response he said that punishment would come. People break their promises but God always keeps his. Are you remaining true to your promises, both to other people and to the Lord?

(10:5) If the Israelites idols were really gods, they should have been able to protect the people. Their "idols" were just useless statues of gold.

(10:9,10) For information on "the days of Gibeah" see chapter 9 or read Judges 19-20. The "two furrows" means the double iniquity or two sins on the land. Gibeah stands for cruelty and sensuality as in Judges, and for rebellion as in Sauls' day. 

(10:12) Hosea repeatedly uses illustrations about fields and crops. Here he speaks of a plowed field. Ground that is ready to receive seeds. It is no longer stony and hard. It has been carefully prepared and it is available. Is your life ready for God to work in it? You can plow the hard ground of your heart by acknowledging your sins and opening your heart to God's forgiveness and guidance.

(10:13) When we think of reaping what we sow we usually think of negative results. Here we see that the results can be positive or negative. Just as small seeds eventually produce large crops, our small every day actions can produce far reaching results for good or evil. What kind of crop are you sowing today? The Israelites trusted in the lie that military power could keep them safe. Believers today are also capable of putting their trust or security in temporal things. It is the Lord that protects us from our enemies and sustains us from the food we eat to the air we breathe.

(10:14) Shalman was Salamanu, king of Moab, who Invaded Gilead around 740 BC. Shalman destroyed the city of Beth-arbel, killing many people including women and children. Hosea was saying that Israel"s fate will be like the fate of Beth-abel.

(10:15) Israel put its confidence in the military rather than in God, and as a result, it would be destroyed by military power. Israel's king, who had led them into Idol worship, would be the first to fall. Divine judgement is sometimes swift by always sure.


Dave Burnette's Life Application



Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the Book of Hosea with Chapter 10 In our text today we see Hosea predicts punishment as God was angry with Israel for their insincere promises to Him. In making application we see that we are to take our promises seriously. We are to let our yea be yea without making a vow or promise. Today, many borrow money, enter into contracts, marry, making promises to find themselves breaking them when they change their mind. Our Lord though keeps His promises and expects us to keep ours as testimony to Him. How about You? Are you keeping your promises? Let us learn from our text today and the example of the nation of Israel to see that Lord holds us to our Promises so we should live our lives so we should only enter into a contract only if we are certain we will follow through for the Lord expects us to keep our promises. 


Hosea 10

Hosea 10

 1Israel is an empty vine, he bringeth forth fruit unto himself: according to the multitude of his fruit he hath increased the altars; according to the goodness of his land they have made goodly images.

 2Their heart is divided; now shall they be found faulty: he shall break down their altars, he shall spoil their images.

 3For now they shall say, We have no king, because we feared not the LORD; what then should a king do to us?

 4They have spoken words, swearing falsely in making a covenant: thus judgment springeth up as hemlock in the furrows of the field.

 5The inhabitants of Samaria shall fear because of the calves of Bethaven: for the people thereof shall mourn over it, and the priests thereof that rejoiced on it, for the glory thereof, because it is departed from it.

 6It shall be also carried unto Assyria for a present to king Jareb: Ephraim shall receive shame, and Israel shall be ashamed of his own counsel.

 7As for Samaria, her king is cut off as the foam upon the water.

 8The high places also of Aven, the sin of Israel, shall be destroyed: the thorn and the thistle shall come up on their altars; and they shall say to the mountains, Cover us; and to the hills, Fall on us.

 9O Israel, thou hast sinned from the days of Gibeah: there they stood: the battle in Gibeah against the children of iniquity did not overtake them.

 10It is in my desire that I should chastise them; and the people shall be gathered against them, when they shall bind themselves in their two furrows.

 11And Ephraim is as an heifer that is taught, and loveth to tread out the corn; but I passed over upon her fair neck: I will make Ephraim to ride; Judah shall plow, and Jacob shall break his clods.

 12Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.

 13Ye have plowed wickedness, ye have reaped iniquity; ye have eaten the fruit of lies: because thou didst trust in thy way, in the multitude of thy mighty men.

 14Therefore shall a tumult arise among thy people, and all thy fortresses shall be spoiled, as Shalman spoiled Betharbel in the day of battle: the mother was dashed in pieces upon her children.

 15So shall Bethel do unto you because of your great wickedness: in a morning shall the king of Israel utterly be cut off.