[twocol_one]First Hour: The Bible Study
Hosea Ch. 10, 11 & 12 — The Lord’s Love for Israel.
Rev. Kevin Parviz of the Congregation Chai v’ Shalom in St. Louis, Missouri
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Our guest pastor answers questions about the Bible, Christian faith, etc.
Prof. Andrew Steinmann of Concordia University in Chicago, Illinois
Hosea Chapters 10, 11, & 12 — The Lord’s Love for Israel.
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(1) Israel is a luxuriant vine
that yields its fruit.
The more his fruit increased,
the more altars he built;
as his country improved,
he improved his pillars.
(2) Their heart is false;
now they must bear their guilt.
The Lord will break down their altars
and destroy their pillars.
(3) For now they will say:
“We have no king,
for we do not fear the Lord;
and a king—what could he do for us?”
(4) They utter mere words;
with empty oaths they make covenants;
so judgment springs up like poisonous weeds
in the furrows of the field.
(5) The inhabitants of Samaria tremble
for the calf of Beth-aven.
Its people mourn for it, and so do its idolatrous priests—
those who rejoiced over it and over its glory—
for it has departed from them.
(6) The thing itself shall be carried to Assyria
as tribute to the great king.
Ephraim shall be put to shame,
and Israel shall be ashamed of his idol.
(7) Samaria’s king shall perish
like a twig on the face of the waters.
(8) The high places of Aven, the sin of Israel,
shall be destroyed.
Thorn and thistle shall grow up
on their altars,
and they shall say to the mountains, “Cover us,”
and to the hills, “Fall on us.”
(9) From the days of Gibeah, you have sinned, O Israel;
there they have continued.
Shall not the war against the unjust overtake them in Gibeah?
(10) When I please, I will discipline them,
and nations shall be gathered against them
when they are bound up for their double iniquity.
(11) Ephraim was a trained calf
that loved to thresh,
and I spared her fair neck;
but I will put Ephraim to the yoke;
Judah must plow;
Jacob must harrow for himself.
(12) Sow for yourselves righteousness;
reap steadfast love;
break up your fallow ground,
for it is the time to seek the Lord,
that he may come and rain righteousness upon you.
(13) You have plowed iniquity;
you have reaped injustice;
you have eaten the fruit of lies.
Because you have trusted in your own way
and in the multitude of your warriors,
(14) therefore the tumult of war shall arise among your people,
and all your fortresses shall be destroyed,
as Shalman destroyed Beth-arbel on the day of battle;
mothers were dashed in pieces with their children.
(15) Thus it shall be done to you, O Bethel,
because of your great evil.
At dawn the king of Israel
shall be utterly cut off.
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The Lord’s Love for Israel
(1) When Israel was a child, I loved him,
and out of Egypt I called my son.
(2) The more they were called,
the more they went away;
they kept sacrificing to the Baals
and burning offerings to idols.
(3) Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk;
I took them up by their arms,
but they did not know that I healed them.
(4) I led them with cords of kindness,
with the bands of love,
and I became to them as one who eases the yoke on their jaws,
and I bent down to them and fed them.
(5) They shall not return to the land of Egypt,
but Assyria shall be their king,
because they have refused to return to me.
(6) The sword shall rage against their cities,
consume the bars of their gates,
and devour them because of their own counsels.
(7) My people are bent on turning away from me,
and though they call out to the Most High,
he shall not raise them up at all.
(8) How can I give you up, O Ephraim?
How can I hand you over, O Israel?
How can I make you like Admah?
How can I treat you like Zeboiim?
My heart recoils within me;
my compassion grows warm and tender.
(9) I will not execute my burning anger;
I will not again destroy Ephraim;
for I am God and not a man,
the Holy One in your midst,
and I will not come in wrath.
(10) They shall go after the Lord;
he will roar like a lion;
when he roars,
his children shall come trembling from the west;
(11) they shall come trembling like birds from Egypt,
and like doves from the land of Assyria,
and I will return them to their homes, declares the Lord.
(12) Ephraim has surrounded me with lies,
and the house of Israel with deceit,
but Judah still walks with God
and is faithful to the Holy One.
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(1) Ephraim feeds on the wind
and pursues the east wind all day long;
they multiply falsehood and violence;
they make a covenant with Assyria,
and oil is carried to Egypt.
The Lord’s Indictment of Israel and Judah
(2) The Lord has an indictment against Judah
and will punish Jacob according to his ways;
he will repay him according to his deeds.
(3) In the womb he took his brother by the heel,
and in his manhood he strove with God.
(4) He strove with the angel and prevailed;
he wept and sought his favor.
He met God at Bethel,
and there God spoke with us—
(5) the Lord, the God of hosts,
the Lord is his memorial name:
(6) “So you, by the help of your God, return,
hold fast to love and justice,
and wait continually for your God.”
(7) A merchant, in whose hands are false balances,
he loves to oppress.
(8) Ephraim has said, “Ah, but I am rich;
I have found wealth for myself;
in all my labors they cannot find in me iniquity or sin.”
(9) I am the Lord your God
from the land of Egypt;
I will again make you dwell in tents,
as in the days of the appointed feast.
(10) I spoke to the prophets;
it was I who multiplied visions,
and through the prophets gave parables.
(11) If there is iniquity in Gilead,
they shall surely come to nothing:
in Gilgal they sacrifice bulls;
their altars also are like stone heaps
on the furrows of the field.
(12) Jacob fled to the land of Aram;
there Israel served for a wife,
and for a wife he guarded sheep.
(13) By a prophet the Lord brought Israel up from Egypt,
and by a prophet he was guarded.
(14) Ephraim has given bitter provocation;
so his Lord will leave his bloodguilt on him
and will repay him for his disgraceful deeds.