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Matthew Henry's Commentary

Hosea Chapter 12

udah and Israel reminded of the Divine favours. (1-6) The provocations of Israel. (7-14)

Verses 1-6: Ephraim feeds himself with vain hopes of help from man, when he is at enmity with God. The Jews vainly thought to secure the Egyptians by a present of the produce of their country. Judah is contended with also. God sees the sin of his own people, and will reckon with them for it. They are put in mind of what Jacob did, and what God did for him. When his faith upon the Divine promise prevailed above his fears, then by his strength he had power with God. He is Jehovah, the same that was, and is, and is to come. What was a revelation of God to one, is his memorial to many, to all generations. Then let those who have gone from God, be turned to him. Turn thou to the Lord, by repentance and faith, as thy God. Let those that are converted to him, walk with him in all holy conversation and godliness. Let us wrestle with Him for promised blessings, determined not to give over till we prevail; and let us seek Him in his ordinances.

Verses 7-14: Ephraim became a merchant: the word also signifies a Canaanite. They carried on trade upon Canaanitish principles, covetously and with fraud and deceit. Thus they became rich, and falsely supposed that Providence favoured them. But shameful sins shall have shameful punishments. Let them remember, not only what a mighty prince Jacob was with God, but what a servant he was to Laban. The benefits we have had from the word of God, make our sin and folly the worse, if we put any slight upon that word. We had better follow the hardest labour in poverty, than grow rich by sin. We may form a judgment of our own conduct, by comparing it with that of ancient believers in the like circumstances. Whoever despises the message of God, will perish. May we all hear his word with humble, obedient faith.

 


David Burnette's Life Application


Hate Sin while Loving the Sinner

 

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 12 In our text today we see God invites His people to return to him using the correct balance between Mercy and Judgment. In making application we see the balance Christians should have towards others with Mercy and Judgment. We should love the sinner while hating the sin being willing to reach out and Minister to all without compromising on sin and its destructive path. How about you? Do you live the sinner while hating the sin? Let us learn from our text today and the example of the relationship between the Lord and Israel to see the correct balance of Mercy and Judgment with the principle of hating sin and loving the sinner.

 

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Hosea 12

Hosea 12

 1Ephraim feedeth on wind, and followeth after the east wind: he daily increaseth lies and desolation; and they do make a covenant with the Assyrians, and oil is carried into Egypt.

 2The LORD hath also a controversy with Judah, and will punish Jacob according to his ways; according to his doings will he recompense him.

 3He took his brother by the heel in the womb, and by his strength he had power with God:

 4Yea, he had power over the angel, and prevailed: he wept, and made supplication unto him: he found him in Bethel, and there he spake with us;

 5Even the LORD God of hosts; the LORD is his memorial.

 6Therefore turn thou to thy God: keep mercy and judgment and wait on thy God continually.

 7He is a merchant, the balances of deceit are in his hand: he loveth to oppress.

 8And Ephraim said, Yet I am become rich, I have found me out substance: in all my labours they shall find none iniquity in me that were sin.

 9And I that am the LORD thy God from the land of Egypt will yet make thee to dwell in tabernacles, as in the days of the solemn feast.

 10I have also spoken by the prophets, and I have multiplied visions, and used similitudes, by the ministry of the prophets.

 11Is there iniquity in Gilead? surely they are vanity: they sacrifice bullocks in Gilgal; yea, their altars are as heaps in the furrows of the fields.

 12And Jacob fled into the country of Syria, and Israel served for a wife, and for a wife he kept sheep.

 13And by a prophet the LORD brought Israel out of Egypt, and by a prophet was he preserved.

 14Ephraim provoked him to anger most bitterly: therefore shall he leave his blood upon him, and his reproach shall his LORD return unto him.