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James Gray

James Gray's Concise Bible Commentary - Hosea 12:1-14

JEHOVAH ’S LOVE FOR ISRAEL With Hosea begins the “Minor” prophets, extending to the close of the Old Testament, and so-called to distinguish them from the “Major,” the first four already considered. The major are the more important not as to their contents but their size; and yet the minor prophets are, in principle, only repeating what the major prophets have recorded over and over again. For this reason the minor prophets will be considered briefly. It may be repeated that we are not... read more

Joseph Parker

The People's Bible by Joseph Parker - Hosea 12:1-14

Divine Criticism Hosea 12:0 Some of these chapters seem to be wholly out of our reach. It is difficult to understand what relation we can sustain to them: are they historical, symbolical, typical, imaginative, real, poetical, dreams or facts? What difference is there between a fact and a dream? Coming to higher interpretations, and looking at wider issues, which is the fact? Probably we shall get at the meaning of this chapter best by trying to find in it a divine standpoint. It is God that... read more

Robert Hawker

Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary - Hosea 12:3-5

We have here the most honorable testimony of the Patriarch Jacob, in the record God the Holy Ghost hath been pleased to give of his conduct at Bethel in that memorable night, when expecting the furious anger of his brother Esau to break out upon him the following day. The history is given us, Genesis 32:0 and the Holy Ghost hath thrown so much light upon it of what is there said, by what is here recorded, that we can never sufficiently bless the Holy Spirit for his grace and condescension in... read more

George Haydock

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary - Hosea 12:5

Memorial, and the object of worship; or this great Jehovah spoke to Jacob. read more

Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible - Hosea 12:1-6

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... read more

Paul E. Kretzmann

The Popular Commentary by Paul E. Kretzmann - Hosea 12:1-6

The Lord's Accusation v. 1. Ephraim feedeth on wind, striving after vain and empty things, and followeth after the east wind, a hot wind coming up from the Arabian Desert, scorching everything with which it comes into contact; he daily increaseth lies and desolation, faithlessness and violence, whereby the nation was undermined in morals and stability; and they do make a covenant with the Assyrians, one of the world-powers against whom the prophets had warned, and oil is carried into... read more

Johann Peter Lange

Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures: Critical, Doctrinal and Homiletical - Hosea 12:1-14

B. SECOND DISCOURSEHosea 12-14I. AccusationHosea 12:01 Ephraim has surrounded me with lies,And the house of Israel with deceit;And Judah still vacillates with God,With the faithful holy One.12 Ephraim feeds upon the wind and pursues the east wind;Every day it increases violence and lying,And they make a covenant with Assyria,And oil [as a gift] is carried to Egypt.3 Jehovah has a contest with JudahAnd (He has) to punish Jacob according to his ways,According to his works he will reward him.4 In... read more

Frederick Brotherton Meyer

F.B. Meyer's 'Through the Bible' Commentary - Hosea 12:1-14

Turn to God, not to Selfish Gain Hosea 11:12 ; Hosea 12:1-14 Though Judah still ruled with God, Hosea 11:12 , yet there was grave fault in him, and, like Ephraim, which had been engaging the prophet’s thought, he also must come under the rod. But throughout this paragraph there lingers the sweet music of the previous chapter, and especially the reminiscence of Israel’s early days, when he had power with the Angel and prevailed. The angel-haunted ideals and resolves of Beth-el could not be... read more

G. Campbell Morgan

G. Campbell Morgan's Exposition on the Whole Bible - Hosea 12:1-14

Turning from this main line of the divine message, we now examine the prophet's interpolations. These set forth the history of Israel indicating their relation to Jehovah, and pronounce judgment. They form a remarkable obligato accompaniment in a minor key to the majestic love song of Jehovah, and constitute a contrast ing introduction to the final message of the prophet. The first of them reveals the prophet's sense of Jehovah's controversy with Judah, and his just dealings with Jacob. The... read more

Peter Pett

Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible - Hosea 12:1-7

YHWH Makes A Further Appeal To Ephraim And Judah On The Basis Of What Their Ancestor Jacob Did (Hosea 12:1-7 ). Having first stressed Ephraim’s total folly and unacceptable deceitfulness, and the fact that they will be punished if they do not mend their ways, Hosea calls on them to remember their ancestor Jacob and the vigour that he showed in his dealings with God, and how he three times thereby prevailed with God, firstly when he seized Esau by the heel (Genesis 25:26), later obtaining for... read more

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