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The more success Israel had as a nation, the more they relied on themselves and turned from God. It is no different today. Many turn from God when times are good, thinking they don’t need Him.

BibleGateway: Hosea 9:17-10:15

ESV Text: Hosea 9:17-10:15

Hosea 9:17–10:15 (Listen)

17   My God will reject them
    because they have not listened to him;
    they shall be wanderers among the nations.

10:1   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.
  Their heart is false;
    now they must bear their guilt.
  The LORD1 will break down their altars
    and destroy their pillars.

  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?”
  They utter mere words;
    with empty2 oaths they make covenants;
  so judgment springs up like poisonous weeds
    in the furrows of the field.
  The inhabitants of Samaria tremble
    for the calf3 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 departed4 from them.
  The thing itself shall be carried to Assyria
    as tribute to the great king.5
  Ephraim shall be put to shame,
    and Israel shall be ashamed of his idol.6

  Samaria’s king shall perish
    like a twig on the face of the waters.
  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.”

  From the days of Gibeah, you have sinned, O Israel;
    there they have continued.
    Shall not the war against the unjust7 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.


[1] 10:2 Hebrew He

[2] 10:4 Or vain (see Exodus 20:7)

[3] 10:5 Or calves

[4] 10:5 Or has gone into exile

[5] 10:6 Or to King Jareb

[6] 10:6 Or counsel

[7] 10:9 Hebrew the children of injustice


KJV Text: Hosea 9:17-17

The section starts at about 2:39 and ends at about 2:53

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17 My God will cast them away, because they did not hearken unto him: and they shall be wanderers among the nations.(KJV)

KJV Text: Hosea 10:15

The section starts at about 2:26 and ends at about 2:41

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15 So shall Bethel do unto you because of your great wickedness: in a morning shall the king of Israel utterly be cut off.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 571 :
What our Father Does Is Well — Organ Audio

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1. What our Father does is well:
Blessed truth His children tell!
Though He send, for plenty, want,
Though the harvest-store be scant,
Yet we rest upon His love,
Seeking better things above.

2. What our Father does is well,
Shall the wilful heart rebel
If a blessing He withhold
In the field or in the fold?
Is He not Himself to be
All our store eternally?

3. What our Father does is well,
Though He sadden hill and dell,
Upward yet our praises rise
For the strength His Word supplies.
He has called us sons of God;
Can we murmur at His rod?

4. What our Father does is well,
May the thought within us dwell!
Though no milk nor honey flow
In our barren Canaan now,
God can save us in our need,
God can bless us, God can feed.

5. Therefore unto Him we raise
Hymns of glory, songs of praise,
To the Father and the Son
And the Spirit, Three in One,
Honor, might, and glory be
Now and through eternity.