5:9. Ephraim shall be in desolation in the day of rebuke: among the tribes of Israel I have shewn that which shall surely be.
5:10. The princes of Juda are become as they that take up the bound: I will pour out my wrath upon them like water.
As they that take up the bound... That is, they that remove the boundary, encroaching on the property of their neighbors: figuratively: going beyond the boundary of the laws of God.
5:11. Ephraim is under oppression, and broken in judgment: because he began to go after filthiness.
5:12. And I will be like a moth to Ephraim: and like rottenness to the house of Juda.
5:13. And Ephraim saw his sickness, and Juda his band: and Ephraim went to the Assyrian, and sent to the avenging king: and he shall not be able to heal you, neither shall he be able to take off the band from you.
5:14. For I will be like a lioness to Ephraim, and like a lion's whelp to the house of Juda: I, I will catch, and go: I will take away, and there is none that can rescue.
5:15. I will go and return to my place: until you are consumed, and seek my face.
Osee Chapter 6
Affliction shall be a means to bring many to Christ, a complaint of the untowardness of the Jews. God loves mercy more than sacrifice.
6:1. In their affliction they will rise early to me: Come, and let us return to the Lord.
6:2. For he hath taken us, and he will heal us: he will strike, and he will cure us.
6:3. He will revive us after two days: on the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight. We shall know, and we shall follow on, that we may know the Lord. His going forth is prepared as the morning light, and he will come to us as the early and the latter rain to the earth.
6:4. What shall I do to thee, O Ephraim? what shall I do to thee, O Juda? your mercy is as a morning cloud, and as the dew that goeth away in the morning.
6:5. For this reason have I hewed them by the prophets, I have slain them by the words of my mouth: and thy judgments shall go forth as the light.
6:6. For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice: and the knowledge of God more than holocausts.
6:7. But they, like Adam, have transgressed the covenant, there have they dealt treacherously against me.
6:8. Galaad is a city of workers of idols, supplanted with blood.
Supplanted with blood... that is, undermined and brought to ruin, for shedding of blood: and, as it is signified in the following verse, for conspiring with the priests (of Bethel) like robbers, to murder in the way such as passed out of Sichem to go towards the temple of Jerusalem.
Or else ...supplanted with blood... signifies flowing in such manner with blood, as to suffer none to walk there without imbruing the soles of their feet in blood.
6:9. And like the jaws of highway robbers, they conspire with the priests who murder in the way those that pass out of Sichem: for they have wrought wickedness.
6:10. I have seen a horrible thing in the house of Israel: the fornications of Ephraim there: Israel is defiled.
6:11. And thou also, O Juda, set thee a harvest, when I shall bring back the captivity of my people.
Osee Chapter 7
The manifold sins of Israel, and of their kings, hinder the Lord from healing them.
7:1. When I would have healed Israel, the iniquity of Ephraim was discovered, and the wickedness of Samaria, for they have committed falsehood, and the thief is come in to steal, the robber is without.
7:2. And lest they may say in their hearts, that I remember all their wickedness: their own devices now have beset them about, they have been done before my face.
7:3. They have made the king glad with their wickedness: and the princes with their lies.
Made the king glad, etc... To please Jeroboam, and their other kings they have given themselves up to the wicked worship of idols, which are mere falsehood and lies.
7:4. They are all adulterers, like an oven heated by the baker: the city rested a little from the mingling of the leaven, till the whole was leavened.
7:5. The day of our king, the princes began to be mad with wine: he stretched out his hand with scorners.
7:6. Because they have applied their heart like an oven, when he laid snares for them: he slept all the night baking them, in the morning he himself was heated as a flaming fire.
7:7. They were all heated like an oven, and have devoured their judges: all their kings have fallen: there is none amongst them that calleth unto me.
7:8. Ephraim himself is mixed among the nations: Ephraim is become as bread baked under the ashes, that is not turned.
7:9. Strangers have devoured his strength, and he knew it not: yea, grey hairs also are spread about upon him, and he is ignorant of it.
7:10. And the pride of Israel shall be humbled before his face: and they have not returned to the Lord their God, nor have they sought him in all these.
7:11. And Ephraim is become as a dove that is decoyed, not having a heart: they called upon Egypt, they went to the Assyrians.
7:12. And when they shall go, I will spread my net upon them: I will bring them down as the fowl of the air, I will strike them as their congregation hath heard.
7:13. Woe to them, for they have departed from me: they shall be wasted because they have transgressed against me: and I redeemed them: and they have spoken lies against me.
7:14. And they have not cried to me with their heart, but they howled in their beds: they have thought upon wheat and wine, they are departed from me.
7:15. And I have chastised them, and strengthened their arms: and they have imagined evil against me.
7:16. They returned, that they might be without yoke: they became like a deceitful bow: their princes shall fall by the sword, for the rage of their tongue. This is their derision in the land of Egypt.
Osee Chapter 8
The Israelites are threatened with destruction for their impiety and idolatry.
8:1. Let there be a trumpet in thy throat like an eagle upon the house of the Lord: because they have transgressed my covenant, and have violated my law.
8:2. They shall call upon me: O my God, we, Israel, know thee.
8:3. lsrael hath cast off the thing that is good, the enemy shall pursue him.
8:4. They have reigned, but not by me: they have been princes, and I knew not: of their silver and their gold they have made idols to themselves, that they might perish.
8:5. Thy calf, O Samaria, is cast off, my wrath is kindled against them.
How long will they be incapable of being cleansed?
8:6. For itself also is the invention of Israel: a workman made it, and it is no god: for the calf of Samaria shall be turned to spiders' webs.