The Book of Hosea
The Book of Hosea
By Richard St.James
Bible 1611.Com / Old Paths Baptist Mission © 2023
Hosea, chapter four:
Verse one: “Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.”
It is all about hearing. I do not mean just hearing with the ears. It is about hearing with the heart!
When a people will not hear in their hearts the words of God and refuse to do them, then it is all downhill from there!
In the New Testament in the book of the Acts of the Apostles, in chapter twenty-eight, verse twenty-six, the Holy Ghost through the Apostle Paul spake this:
“Saying, Go unto this people, and say, Hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and not perceive:
For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.” [Acts 28:26-27]
What always results [when a people get to a point that they will not listen to the LORD] is a controversy, or an argument, with the God of heaven and of earth. Let me say this. It does not go well!
Warning: When a man argues continuously with God, he will always suffer. He will become a big-time loser! More than that, everyone else around him also begins to suffer, and even further than that, even all the land will suffer. When a nation is at odds with God, it always results in truth dying in the streets of that nation, mercy disappearing from among the people of that nation, and the knowledge of God being erased from all the land of that nation.
Conclusion: Without repentance on the part of inhabitants of the earth, it will always come to destruction, just as the prophet had pronounced in the book of Isaiah the prophet:
Isaiah 59:14: “And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter.”
Tis a certain death for the inhabitants of any nation, when the God of the Bible has a controversy with the inhabitants of that nation, or nations. Lesson: We need to trust and obey. There is no other way.
Verse two: “By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood.”
All mayhem results when a man [or a person] leaves God. Leave or depart from God and then, watch out. Note: Mayhem produces violence. Here is a commentary: Mankind [in the antediluvian world] degenerated to his lowest point seeing total violence. See the first book of Moses called Genesis, in chapter six, verse eleven:
“The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.”
Now look back to verse five:
“And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” [Genesis 6:11, 5]
Maxim: Unchecked sin produces great wickedness to which there is no remedy but a certain judgment.
Now turn with me to the book of Romans, chapter one, and we’ll start at verse twenty, and read on down to the end of the chapter:
“For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.” [Romans 1:20-32]
The Spirit of God has laid out a solid iron-clad case against man!
Will we listen?
Verse three: “Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away.”
Like a creeping ague as a fungus permeates throughout a person’s body, mind, and soul, till he or she is totally shot through with the incurable disease. This disease then moves from person to person till, yea, even a whole nation is contaminated through and through. But it does not stop here! It progresses till it consumes all the nations of the earth. It is called getting it together to rebel against the LORD GOD. See this very thing shown in Psalm two. We read:
“The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.
So it is, as it is with sin against God.” [Psalm 2:2-3]
SIN will take you where you never intended to go!
To sin against God, results in languishing till you come to a very bad end [HELL]:
<![if !supportLists]>1. <![endif]>To languish is to lose strength,
<![if !supportLists]>2. <![endif]>To languish is to become feeble,
<![if !supportLists]>3. <![endif]> To languish is to pine away.
<![if !supportLists]>4. <![endif]>To languish is to wither away.
<![if !supportLists]>5. <![endif]>To languish is to sink under sorrow.
Is this the way we want to go? Think it through carefully, my friend.
A people, and a land, will languish when they are guilty of harlotry against the God of creation.
<![if !supportLists]> · <![endif]>Isaiah 24:4: “The earth mourneth and fadeth away, the world languisheth and fadeth away, the haughty people of the earth do languish.
<![if !supportLists]> · <![endif]>Jeremiah 14:2: “Judah mourneth, and the gates thereof languish; they are black unto the ground; and the cry of Jerusalem is gone up.”
<![if !supportLists]> · <![endif]>Romans 8:22: “For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.”
When will we ever learn? You would think that we would rather prosper than to languish.
Verse four: “Yet let no man strive, nor reprove another: for thy people are as they that strive with the priest.”
Back off now, and hold your tongue, and be gentle to another.
2 Timothy 2:24-26:
“And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,
In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;
And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.
Here is a good doctrine to put to practice in your life: Be patient, and judge nothing before the time.
Now, read the word of God located in the First Epistle to the Corinthians, chapter four, verse five:
“Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.” [1 Corinthians 4:5]
Do not strive with men. Reprove with humility in your heart. Be clothed with humility [1 Peter 5:5]!
Verse five: “Therefore shalt thou fall in the day, and the prophet also shall fall with thee in the night, and I will destroy thy mother.”
Mother? This is a most dire situation. This situation has more to do with impending darkness that will hover over the whole earth during the seven-year tribulation rather than just what had happened to the city of Jerusalem and to the temple in A.D. 70. No, this speaks primarily of the end that is coming upon Israel”
“And he said, Amos, what seest thou? And I said, A basket of summer fruit. Then said the LORD unto me, The end is come upon my people of Israel; I will not again pass by them any more.
And the songs of the temple shall be howlings in that day, saith the Lord GOD: there shall be many dead bodies in every place; they shall cast them forth with silence.” [Amos 8:2b-3]
Verse six: “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.”
My people are destroyed.
The people rejected the knowledge contained in the word of God. A lack of knowledge of the word of God will kill a person, a people and a nation. We need to remember, that man is a tri-part being. When one part goes down it affects every part of a person’s being – everything! Israel was to go down like a house of cards [B.C. 610] [A.D. 70] [A.D. 20??] to their destruction. They would be:
- Spiritually destroyed.
- Morally destroyed.
- Culturally destroyed.
- Infrastructure destroyed.
We see this wholesale destruction of Israel by similitude through the prophet Amos. Go to Amos, chapter nine, and we will read from verse one through verse nine:
Amos 9:1: “I saw the Lord standing upon the altar: and he said, Smite the lintel of the door, that the posts may shake: and cut them in the head, all of them; and I will slay the last of them with the sword: he that fleeth of them shall not flee away, and he that escapeth of them shall not be delivered.
Verse two: “Though they dig into hell, thence shall mine hand take them; though they climb up to heaven, thence will I bring them down:
Verse three: “And though they hide themselves in the top of Carmel, I will search and take them out thence; and though they be hid from my sight in the bottom of the sea, thence will I command the serpent, and he shall bite them:
Verse four: “And though they go into captivity before their enemies, thence will I command the sword, and it shall slay them: and I will set mine eyes upon them for evil, and not for good.
Verse five: “And the Lord GOD of hosts is he that toucheth the land, and it shall melt, and all that dwell therein shall mourn: and it shall rise up wholly like a flood; and shall be drowned, as by the flood of Egypt.”
Verse six: “It is he that buildeth his stories in the heaven, and hath founded his troop in the earth; he that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth: The LORD is his name.”
Verse seven: “Are ye not as children of the Ethiopians unto me, O children of Israel? saith the LORD. Have not I brought up Israel out of the land of Egypt? and the Philistines from Caphtor, and the Syrians from Kir?”
Verse eight: “Behold, the eyes of the Lord GOD are upon the sinful kingdom, and I will destroy it from off the face of the earth; saving that I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob, saith the LORD.”
Verse nine: “For, lo, I will command, and I will sift the house of Israel among all nations, like as corn is sifted in a sieve, yet shall not the least grain fall upon the earth.”
Verse ten: “All the sinners of my people shall die by the sword, which say, The evil shall not overtake nor prevent us.”
There you have it! It has been determined by the God of the BIBLE for the destruction of all those who reject the word of God, and the knowledge of God therein.
Verse seven: “As they were increased, so they sinned against me: therefore will I change their glory into shame.”
Glory turned into shame!
Men have a very short memory concerning the goodness of God. This is the bane of man. Look with me in the Psalms:
Psalm 52:1: “Why boastest thou thyself in mischief, O mighty man? the goodness of God endureth continually.”
If a man’s prosperity is increased by the blessing of God in his life, the danger is he will soon forget what God has done for him.
Thus, it was with Nebuchadnezzar as recorded in the book of Daniel, chapter four, verses thirty through thirty-three:
“The king spake, and said, Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty?
While the word was in the king's mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, saying, O king Nebuchadnezzar, to thee it is spoken; The kingdom is departed from thee.
And they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field: they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and seven times shall pass over thee, until thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will.
The same hour was the thing fulfilled upon Nebuchadnezzar: and he was driven from men, and did eat grass as oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, till his hairs were grown like eagles' feathers, and his nails like birds' claws.” [Daniel 4:30]
Nebuchadnezzar was shamed. All his glory was turned to shame. Nebuchadnezzar had to learn a lesson. It was God that had lifted him. It is God who had to put him down low on his all fours. Pride was the root of the problem!
The goodness and the severity of God.
Here is the lesson to be learned. The goodness of God is what blesses a man. Let us pause here for a moment! For we must not never forget this truth! The goodness of God … is what blesses a man.
Let this sink in. Man is totally dependent on the goodness of God, for his very life and for his salvation in Jesus Christ.
Now, consider the Scripture:
Romans 2:4: “Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?”
Romans 11:22: “Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.”
What should we do, knowing we are dependent on HIS goodness to us?
Well, we ought to pray to the God of Heaven above to keep us humble. KEEP PRIDE OUT! We need to be clothed with humility!
We, the New Testament Bible-believing, born again, saved by the blood adopted sons of God need always to keep in memory what the Apostle Peter has commanded to us in his epistle:
1 Peter 5:5-6: “Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:”
There is more, for the Spirit of God makes it so unmistakably clear what he is telling us.
Humble yourself! Matthew 18:4: “Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”
Humble yourself! Matthew 23:12: “And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.”
Humble yourself! James 4:6: “But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.”
Humble yourself! James 4:10: “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.”
Here is the lesson for us all to learn!
If any good has come into your life, or if any enjoyment has come to you because of prosperity, or if you have been lifted up before men to any office, or to any other place of exaltation, then recognize it is the goodness of God in your life.
With that said we are ready to move forward.
Verse eight: “They eat up the sin of my people, and they set their heart on their iniquity.”
Wow! That is a pretty graphic statement that the Spirit of has made. Both the prophet [verse five] and the priest [verse six] are complicit together with the people against God in the lapping up of sin. They eat up the sin of my people! The hireling priests and the false prophets with all the people were determined to believe a lie to their own destruction.
Question: Where do these lies come from? Answer: The lies come from lying spirits. The manner of this phenomenon of lying spirits is as revealed by the BOOK in the first book of Kings, chapter twenty-two: [See for this also: 2 Chronicles 18:21].
“And the LORD said unto him, Wherewith? And he said, I will go forth, and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And he said, Thou shalt persuade him, and prevail also: go forth, and do so.” [1 Kings 22:22]
Verse nine: “And there shall be, like people, like priest: and I will punish them for their ways, and reward them their doings.”
Sowing and reaping:
Throughout the Old Testament, and even in the New Testament, we find this set law. This, then is a universal law that applies to all of us, whether we be Jew or Gentile, male or female. We are all on the same level, and will be held accountable for all our doings. Proof text? Here are the words of God:
Romans 2:11: “For there is no respect of persons with God.”
Colossians 3:25: “But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.”
Galatians 6:7: “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”
Verse ten: “For they shall eat, and not have enough: they shall commit whoredom, and shall not increase: because they have left off to take heed to the LORD.”
Isn’t this phenomenon what we see today in the 21st century? Look around. We all have eyes that are bigger than our stomachs. We want more than we can handle! We are like the greedy dogs that are described in the book of Isaiah. Do you doubt me? Well, check it out for yourself in the BOOK! You will see the veracity of it in Isaiah chapter fifty-six, verse eleven. We will read from there:
“Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter.” [Isaiah 56:11]
Greedy Dog Syndrome!
This is where the people were in Hosea’s day. This is also where we are today. Now, look at what the word of God says about all of this in the book of Haggai, chapter one, verse six:
“Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes.” [Haggai 1:6]
Observation: We are never satisfied! Is it not so with us? Let us move on.
Verse eleven: “Whoredom and wine and new wine take away the heart.”
Do you see what I see? Harlotry and wine are natural companions. They go together in the matter of the heart. Whoredom and wine divide the heart of a man. Both corrupt our hearts with distractions. Single-heartedness is gone. Confusion comes because of sin [sin because you left God]! Read in the book of Daniel of this sad state:
Daniel 9:8: “O Lord, to us belongeth confusion of face, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against thee.” Consider the following:
- Gomer’s harlotry, her unfaithfulness to Hosea took away her heart from Hosea.
- Israel’s harlotry, her unfaithfulness to the LORD GOD took away her heart from the LORD GOD.
- The body of Christ’s [which is the church], harlotry, her unfaithfulness to Jesus Christ takes away her heart from Jesus Christ [See 1 Corinthians 6:15-17].
Result: It all goes so bad!
Now the Remedy!
Brethren: We need a whole heart toward the LORD. We should cry out as the psalmist cried out in Psalm one-hundred and nineteen, verse one hundred and forty-five:
“I cried with my whole heart; hear me, O LORD: I will keep thy statutes.” [Psalm 119:145]
Verse twelve: “My people ask counsel at their stocks, and their staff declareth unto them: for the spirit of whoredoms hath caused them to err, and they have gone a whoring from under their God.”
Understand: The spirit of whoredoms and the lying spirits have the same source [the Devil].
Verse thirteen: “They sacrifice upon the tops of the mountains, and burn incense upon the hills, under oaks and poplars and elms, because the shadow thereof is good: therefore your daughters shall commit whoredom, and your spouses shall commit adultery.”
When we make a decision, we need to consider the consequences that will fall out to us as a result of making that decision.
A confused or divided heart will take you in your imagination to a mountain top or some high hill to sacrifice or burn incense when the LORD clearly showed you a different way it is to be done. Faithfulness to God is shown by us keeping HIS commands. Israel had God’s will revealed to them in the manner of sacrifices and incense.
Faithfulness to one you love is shown by the keeping of the precepts of the one you love.
Let us turn now to the third book of Moses called Leviticus to chapter seventeen and read starting with verse three to see these precepts:
Verse three: “What man soever there be of the house of Israel, that killeth an ox, or lamb, or goat, in the camp, or that killeth it out of the camp,
Verse four: “And bringeth it not unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, to offer an offering unto the LORD before the tabernacle of the LORD; blood shall be imputed unto that man; he hath shed blood; and that man shall be cut off from among his people:”
Verse five: “To the end that the children of Israel may bring their sacrifices, which they offer in the open field, even that they may bring them unto the LORD, unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, unto the priest, and offer them for peace offerings unto the LORD.”
Verse six: “And the priest shall sprinkle the blood upon the altar of the LORD at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and burn the fat for a sweet savour unto the LORD.”
Verse seven: “And they shall no more offer their sacrifices unto devils, after whom they have gone a whoring. This shall be a statute for ever unto them throughout their generations.”
Verse eight: “And thou shalt say unto them, Whatsoever man there be of the house of Israel, or of the strangers which sojourn among you, that offereth a burnt offering or sacrifice,”
Verse nine: “And bringeth it not unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, to offer it unto the LORD; even that man shall be cut off from among his people.”
Now, the LORD has been so clear, as to what HE expected of HIS people. HE had laid it out … so plain.
But Israel had a heart problem. What we can learn from history is that Israel, time after time, committed whoredom with other gods. As a result, confusion of face came to them. And today, we in the body of Christ [which is the church] are no different than Israel. We also, have developed a heart problem. Look around you, my friend, it is all so obvious as to our condition. If you cannot see it, the LORD sees it! Read with me in the book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ HIS indictment of the church of the Laodiceans in chapter three, verse fifteen through verse nineteen:
“I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.”
There is the answer: REPENT!
Verse fourteen: “I will not punish your daughters when they commit whoredom, nor your spouses when they commit adultery: for themselves are separated with whores, and they sacrifice with harlots: therefore the people that doth not understand shall fall.”
So, they fell! [B.C. 610] [A.D. 70] It is recorded in history. People that refuse to learn from history are doomed to a bad end. If they, or we refuse to repent then the boom will lower down upon us, on our families, and upon the whole nation. We will be undone. When will we ever learn?
If a people or a nation refuses to repent then God will just step back and let the roof of their house collapse upon them. They shall fall.
Verse fifteen: “Though thou, Israel, play the harlot, yet let not Judah offend; and come not ye unto Gilgal, neither go ye up to Bethaven, nor swear, The LORD liveth.”
Watch it Judah, do not go the way of your sister! Do not falsely say, I serve the LORD, when you know it to be otherwise. You are just faking it. Judah: “Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.” [Romans 12:9] Do you see that word: Dissimulation? What does that word mean? Well, it means a fake love. It means do not go up to Gilgal or to Bethaven [or to church] and say I love Jesus Christ [The LORD liveth] when it could not be further from the truth. Here is the commentary given by the Son of God concerning such a person. We have here in the Gospel of Matthew, chapter twenty-three, in verse twenty-eight, this said by the LORD:
“Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.” [Matthew 23:28]
Verse sixteen: “For Israel slideth back as a backsliding heifer: now the LORD will feed them as a lamb in a large place.”
What is backsliding? Well, backsliding involves actions heading into apostasy in a departure from God, which results in a falling away into sin or idolatry. Backsliding is close kin to harlotry. We will turn to the book of Jeremiah the prophet and see an account of backsliding Israel. We will read of this account in chapter three, starting with verse six:
“The LORD said also unto me in the days of Josiah the king, Hast thou seen that which backsliding Israel hath done? she is gone up upon every high mountain and under every green tree, and there hath played the harlot.
And I said after she had done all these things, Turn thou unto me. But she returned not. And her treacherous sister Judah saw it.
And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also.
And it came to pass through the lightness of her whoredom, that she defiled the land, and committed adultery with stones and with stocks.
And yet for all this her treacherous sister Judah hath not turned unto me with her whole heart, but feignedly, saith the LORD.
And the LORD said unto me, The backsliding Israel hath justified herself more than treacherous Judah.” Jeremiah [3:6-11]
It all comes together here as Backsliding = Playing the Harlot = Committing Adultery = Is Divorce.
Now look at verse seventeen.
Verse seventeen: “Ephraim is joined to idols: let him alone.”
Ephraim [which is Israel] is married to idols. Let him alone is the worst that can happen. This backsliding Israel, which is playing the harlot, which is committing adultery is immersed into idolatry. Can it get any worse?
Now, if we fast forward this whole thing by going into the New Testament, the believer in Jesus Christ is there told to mortify [to restrain] their members [or the flesh] from fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness [or idolatry].
<![if !supportLists]> · <![endif]>Israel needed to mortify, any and all things that would threaten her fidelity to God.
<![if !supportLists]> · <![endif]>Members in Jesus Christ [Christians] need to mortify, any and all things that would threaten their fidelity to Jesus Christ.
Here is the command:
Colossians 3:5: “Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry.”
This list of sins consists of an army in the commission of warfare against our relationship to Jesus Christ.
Mortify your members!
Verse eighteen: “Their drink is sour: they have committed whoredom continually: her rulers with shame do love, Give ye.”
Going the way of whoredom or harlotry [sin] takes the joy of out a person or a people and leaves them empty. In the end you become a very:
- Morose person,
- Gloomy person,
- Sullen person,
- Ill-humored person,
What a bear trap this is to be caught in … to become sour and dour. Give ye.
Verse nineteen: “The wind hath bound her up in her wings, and they shall be ashamed because of their sacrifices.”
In the end it is to your shame.
Watch out when the wind begins to blow for such a person or people caught in the bear trap of whoredom against the God of heaven and earth. Listen to the words of God:
Jeremiah 18:17: “I will scatter them as with an east wind before the enemy; I will shew them the back, and not the face, in the day of their calamity.”
Jeremiah 22:22: “The wind shall eat up all thy pastors, and thy lovers shall go into captivity: surely then shalt thou be ashamed and confounded for all thy wickedness.”
When the wind is done with you, you will want to hide.
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