Hosea

Hosea (Hoh-zay´uh; Heb., “[God] has saved”)

The book of, the first book of the Minor Prophets. Hosea was active from the middle of the eighth century BCE to the last years of the Northern Kingdom. He describes God’s anger at Israel’s sins and warns of God’s punishment of the nation.

Outline of Contents

Hosea

I. Hosea’s marriage; symbol of God’s relationship with Israel (Hos 1:1-3:5)

A. Hosea’s family: God’s judgment (Hos 1:1-2:1)

B. God and Israel: warnings of judgment for unfaithfulness and promise of restoration (Hos 2:2-23)

C. The husband’s love (Hosea and God)

II. Israel’s unfaithfulness to God and its consequences (Hos 4:1-13:16)

A. Charges of infidelity against people and leaders (Hos 4:1-5:7)

B. Warnings of punishment until repentance occurs (Hos 5:8-6:4)

C. Pervasiveness of Israel’s transgressions, geographical, ethical, political, cultic (Hos 6:5-8:14)

D. Judgment in light of Israel’s history with God (Hos 9:1-13:16)

III. Israel after judgment (Hos 14:1-9)

A. Call to repentance and promise of restoration (Hos 14:1-8)

B. Instruction for the reader to take heed (Hos 14:9)

Hos 1:1-3:5

1The word of the Lord that came to Hosea son of Beeri, in the days of Kings Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah of Judah, and in the days of King Jeroboam son of ... View more

Hos 1:1-2:1

1The word of the Lord that came to Hosea son of Beeri, in the days of Kings Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah of Judah, and in the days of King Jeroboam son of ... View more

Hos 2:2-23

Israel's Infidelity, Punishment, and Redemption
2Plead with your mother, plead—
for she is not my wife,
and I am not her husband—
that she put away her whoring ... View more

Hos 4:1-13:16

God Accuses Israel
1Hear the word of the Lord, O people of Israel;
for the Lord has an indictment against the inhabitants of the land.
There is no faithfulness ... View more

Hos 4:1-5:7

God Accuses Israel
1Hear the word of the Lord, O people of Israel;
for the Lord has an indictment against the inhabitants of the land.
There is no faithfulness ... View more

Hos 5:8-6:4

8Blow the horn in Gibeah,
the trumpet in Ramah.
Sound the alarm at Beth-aven;
look behind you, Benjamin!9Ephraim shall become a desolation
in the day of punishm ... View more

Hos 6:5-8:14

5Therefore I have hewn them by the prophets,
I have killed them by the words of my mouth,
and my judgment goes forth as the light.6For I desire steadfast love a ... View more

Hos 9:1-13:16

Punishment for Israel's Sin
1Do not rejoice, O Israel!
Do not exult as other nations do;
for you have played the whore, departing from your God.
You have loved ... View more

Hos 14:1-9

A Plea for Repentance
1Return, O Israel, to the Lord your God,
for you have stumbled because of your iniquity.2Take words with you
and return to the Lord;
say t ... View more

Hos 14:1-8

A Plea for Repentance
1Return, O Israel, to the Lord your God,
for you have stumbled because of your iniquity.2Take words with you
and return to the Lord;
say t ... View more

Hos 14:9

9Those who are wise understand these things;
those who are discerning know them.
For the ways of the Lord are right,
and the upright walk in them,
but transgres ... View more

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