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Hosea – Chapter 13
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Yeravam (Jeroboam), the first king of northern nation of the Ten Tribes, criticized Shlomo (Solomon) sincerely, for the sake of G-d. He did this with great trepidation because Shlomo was a powerful king, but because he did so, he merited a kingdom of his own. However, he soon turned to idolatry and his dynasty was […]
Hosea – Chapter 12
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The northern kingdom of the Ten Tribes is full of the lies of their kings and their false prophets, but the kingdom of Judah is still faithful to G-d. The northern kingdom chases their idols, which are insubstantial. They occupy their time with evil and falsehood and they try to curry favor with Assyria and […]
Hosea – Chapter 11
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When Israel was young, G-d loved them and He called them from Egypt. But the more He called them, the more they went after idols. He sent Moshe (Moses) to train them in the proper way, but they refused to recognize G-d. He gently drew them close to Him and provided all their needs. They […]
Hosea – Chapter 10
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Israel is like a vine that cannot stand good fruit. The more good things G-d gives them, the more they embrace idolatry. Their heart has separated from G-d, so He will demolish their altars. When this happens, the people will say that their king is useless to save them from their enemies; of course, had […]
Hosea – Chapter 9
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Israel is told not to rejoice like the other nations because they received the Torah and turned their backs on it. They prefer to be “promiscuous” with idols. Since they rebelled against G-d in times of plenty, He will take away that abundance of wine and grain. They will be exiled from their land, to […]
Hosea – Chapter 8
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G-d told Hoshea to call out with a voice as loud and clear as a shofar. He is to swoop down on the people like an eagle, or perhaps to warn the people that the invaders are about to swoop down upon them like an eagle, because of their evil deeds. The people will turn […]
Hosea – Chapter 7
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When G-d wants to heal Israel, the sins of the northern kingdom are constantly rubbed in His face (metaphorically speaking). They lie, steal and spread evil. They don’t act as if G-d will remember their deeds. Their king doesn’t mind their lawlessness, since they pay him off with a “piece of the action.” They are […]
Hosea – Chapter 6
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Hoshea says, “Let us return to G-d. He has wounded us and He will heal us. He will refresh us from the two Temples that were destroyed and will establish the third so that we may live before Him. Let’s all agree to know G-d as surely as we know that the sun will rise […]
Hosea – Chapter 5
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Now, Hoshea addresses the priests of Judah, although there is a difference of opinion as to whether he is speaking to the kohanim of the Temple or the idolatrous priests. The priests, the people and even the king will have to pay for their role in the current sad state of affairs; they are a […]
Hosea – Chapter 4
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Hoshea told the Jews to listen to G-d because He has some issues with them. There is no truth, kindness or knowledge of G-d among them. There is only deceit, corruption, murder, theft and adultery. The people have no limits. The land will therefore be destroyed and all the creatures that live there will be […]