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Hosea 9 – Skeptic's Annotated Bible answered

A response and reply to the notes on Hosea 9 in the Skeptic's Annotated Bible (SAB).

King James Version

SAB comment

My comment

1 Rejoice not, O Israel, for joy, as other people: for thou hast gone a whoring from thy God, thou hast loved a reward upon every cornfloor.

Israel has "gone a whoring" and has "loved a reward upon every cornfloor."
I wish the bar for foul language was this low. And I agree with the author of the SAB that their behaviour was women-unfriendly, but I suppose that's not what he meant.

2 The floor and the winepress shall not feed them, and the new wine shall fail in her.

3 They shall not dwell in the LORD’S land; but Ephraim shall return to Egypt, and they shall eat unclean things in Assyria.

4 They shall not offer wine offerings to the LORD, neither shall they be pleasing unto him: their sacrifices shall be unto them as the bread of mourners; all that eat thereof shall be polluted: for their bread for their soul shall not come into the house of the LORD.

5 What will ye do in the solemn day, and in the day of the feast of the LORD?

6 For, lo, they are gone because of destruction: Egypt shall gather them up, Memphis shall bury them: the pleasant places for their silver, nettles shall possess them: thorns shall be in their tabernacles.

7 The days of visitation are come, the days of recompence are come; Israel shall know it: the prophet is a fool, the spiritual man is mad, for the multitude of thine iniquity, and the great hatred.

"The prophet is a fool, the spiritual man is mad."
These are the words of the tribe of Ephraim: that's what they said of the prophets that proclaimed that God would visit them because of their sins. And those prophecies were fulfilled.

8 The watchman of Ephraim was with my God: but the prophet is a snare of a fowler in all his ways, and hatred in the house of his God.

9 They have deeply corrupted themselves, as in the days of Gibeah: therefore he will remember their iniquity, he will visit their sins.

10 I found Israel like grapes in the wilderness; I saw your fathers as the firstripe in the fig tree at her first time: but they went to Baal-peor, and separated themselves unto that shame; and their abominations were according as they loved.

11 As for Ephraim, their glory shall fly away like a bird, from the birth, and from the womb, and from the conception.

(9:11-12) God will induce miscarriages and kill the children of Ephraim.
Kill the children? I thought children in the womb weren't children at all, just nothing, less than any animal.

12 Though they bring up their children, yet will I bereave them, that there shall not be a man left: yea, woe also to them when I depart from them!

13 Ephraim, as I saw Tyrus, is planted in a pleasant place: but Ephraim shall bring forth his children to the murderer.

14 Give them, O LORD: what wilt thou give? give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts.

"O Lord: what wilt thou give? give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts."
What the Bible says about abortion and pregnancy
This verse makes it clear the Bible considers it a curse. Absolutely not a constitutional right, or a prerogative.

15 All their wickedness is in Gilgal: for there I hated them: for the wickedness of their doings I will drive them out of mine house, I will love them no more: all their princes are revolters.

"I hated them: for the wickedness of their doings."
God hates the sinner even more than the sin.
Theologikos: Christians: Stop quoting the bible out of context!
Does God love everyone?
The author of the SAB asks if God loves everyone. The answer is no, see the comment at John 3:16.
God hates sins. God hates who does sin. Sinners do not evoke compassion in God, but revulsion, that's how heinous sin is.

16 Ephraim is smitten, their root is dried up, they shall bear no fruit: yea, though they bring forth, yet will I slay even the beloved fruit of their womb.

"I will slay even the beloved fruit of their womb."
What the Bible says about abortion and pregnancy
Dwindling In Unbelief
-Obama, the Bible, and Abortion
Clearly abortion is a curse and punishment, see also verse 14.

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