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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Hosea 5:1-7

Here, I. All orders and degrees of men are cited to appear and answer to such things as shall be laid to their charge (Hos. 5:1): Hear you this, O priests! whether in holy orders (as those in Judah, and perhaps many in Israel too, for in the ten tribes there were divers cities of priests and Levites, who, it is probable, staid in their own lot after the revolt of the ten tribes and did so much of their office as might be done at a distance from the temple) or pretending holy orders, as the... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Hosea 5:3

I know Ephraim, and Israel is not hid from me ,.... Though they may cover their designs from men, and seek deep to hide their counsel from the Lord, and make plausible pretences for what they do, and put on an appearance of religion; yet God, who knows all men, and their hearts, cannot be deceived; he judges not according to outward appearance; all things are naked and open to him; nor can any hide themselves from him; he knows their persons, intentions, and designs, as well as actions.... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Hosea 5:3

I know Ephraim - I know the whole to be idolaters. read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Hosea 5:3

Verse 3 God shows here that he is not pacified by the vain excuses which hypocrites allege, and by which they think that the judgment of God himself can be turned away. We see what great dullness there is in many, when God reproves them, and brings to light their vices; for they defend themselves with vain and frivolous excuses, and think that they thus put a restraint on God, so that he dares not urge them any more. In this way hypocrites elude every truth. But God here testifies, that men are... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Hosea 5:1-3

National depravity. "Hear ye this, O priests; and hearken, ye house of Israel; and give ye ear, O house of the king; for judgment is toward you, because ye have been a snare on Mizpah, and a net spread upon Tabor. And the revolters are profound to make slaughter, though I have been a rebuker of them all. I know Ephraim, and Israel is not hid from me: for now, O Ephraim, thou committest whoredom, and Israel is defiled." "With the words, 'Hear ye this,' the reproof of the sins of Israel... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Hosea 5:1-5

God here arraigns the sins of princes, priests, and people. Their degeneracy had been very great and their sins very grievous. Though there is no formal catalogue given of those sins, yet they are incidentally exhibited in the reproofs and rebukes which follow. I. ALL CLASSES ARE ADDRESSED BY THE DIVINE WORD . It is directed to the high and to the low alike; to the rich and to the poor; it speaks to every grade in society and every rank in life; there is none so high as... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Hosea 5:1-7

God and man. All classes are addressed by the prophet—priests, king, nobles, the whole house of Israel. The prophecy makes an advance. In the previous chapter judgment is threatened; in this it is announced as imminent. Judah also is menaced with punishment ( Hosea 5:5 , Hosea 5:10 , Hosea 5:12 ). I. GOD WILL ENSNARE THE ENSNARERS . ( Hosea 5:1 ) The dignitaries-priests, kings, and nobles—had led the people astray. They had put stumbling-blocks in their way. They had... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Hosea 5:1-10

National sin and punishment. The general strain of this chapter is similar to that of the preceding. "The judgment" ( Hosea 5:1 ) which has already been pronounced there is still continued. In Hosea 4:1-19 ; however, Judah was addressed as occupying a different position, morally and religiously, from Israel; whereas here the southern kingdom is represented as sharing in Israel's guilt and condemnation. It would appear, therefore, that when the warning of Hosea 4:15 was uttered,... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Hosea 5:3

I know Ephraim, and Israel is not hid from me. All attempts at concealment are vain, though sinners try ever so much to hide their sins from the Divine Majesty. However deep they dig downward, God will bring their evil doings up and out to the light of day and punish them. For now, O Ephraim, thou committest whoredom, and Israel is defiled. Israel is the northern kingdom, and Ephraim, being the most powerful tribe, is often identified with Israel; here, however, they are... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Hosea 5:3

Divine omniscience. Uninspired teachers often act upon imperfect information. Ministers of religion take some people to be better and others to be worse than they really are. From this unavoidable infirmity of men the omniscient God is free. In dealing with a sinful soul or a sinful community he speaks and acts from a perfect knowledge. I. THE FACT OF DIVINE OMNISCIENCE . It is incredible that there should be any bounds to Divine knowledge; yet it is scarcely to be realized by... read more

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