This is Daniel Whyte III with The Scripture & The Sense Podcast #315, where I read the Word of God and give the sense of it based on an authoritative commentary source such as the Bible Knowledge Commentary. This podcast is based upon Nehemiah 8:8 where it says Ezra and the Levites “read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.” The aim of this podcast is that through the simple reading of the Word of God and the giving of the sense of it, the church would be revived and the world would be awakened.
Today we are reading Hosea 9:11-14.
11 As for Ephraim, their glory shall fly away like a bird, from the birth, and from the womb, and from the conception.
12 Though they bring up their children, yet will I bereave them, that there shall not be a man left: yea, woe also to them when I depart from them!
13 Ephraim, as I saw Tyrus, is planted in a pleasant place: but Ephraim shall bring forth his children to the murderer.
14 Give them, O Lord: what wilt thou give? give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts.
That was Hosea 9:11-14. Now here is the sense of it.
The Matthew Henry Commentary reads:
God departs from a people, or from a person, when he withdraws his goodness and mercy from them; and when the Lord is departed, what can the creature do? Even though, for the present, good things seem to remain, yet the blessing is gone if God is gone. Even the children should perish with the parents. The Divine wrath dries up the root, and withers the fruit of all comforts; and the scattered Jews daily warn us to beware, lest we neglect or abuse the gospel. Yet every smiting is not a drying up of the root. It may be that God intends only to smite so that the sap may be turned to the root, that there may be more of root graces, more humility, patience, faith, and self-denial. It is very just that God should bring judgments on those who slight his offered mercy.
The Bible Knowledge Commentary reads:
As punishment for Israel’s sin of involvement in the Baal fertility rites, the Lord would bring the covenant curses of infertility, death, and exile on the nation. The name Ephraim is used in verses 11, 13, and 16 because it was associated with fertility and fruitfulness.
Ephraim’s glory, here associated with numerous offspring, would depart as swiftly as a bird. Appropriately many of those who had tried to secure fertility through Baal worship would become sterile and barren. Others would miscarry or watch their children die in the forthcoming invasion. The women’s breasts would be dry for they would have no children to nurse. The words like Tyre, planted in a pleasant place attempt to make sense of the difficult Hebrew text, which seems to contrast Ephraim’s prosperous past with its humiliating future. The RSV translates Hosea 9:13a, “Ephraim’s sons, as I have seen, are destined for a prey.” This seems to provide better parallelism with verse 13b.
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