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Commentary on Hosea

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6.11b–7.7 : A corrupt people and government.

7.1 :

The theme of healing again ( 5.13; 6.1 ). Samaria, the capital of the Northern Kingdom.

4 :

The time between the kneading of the dough and its fermentation is apparently when the oven was hottest.

5 :

Day of our king, perhaps at an enthronement.

7 :

Devour their rulers, four Israelite kings were assassinated between 747 and 732.

7.8–16 : Mixing, religious and political, is bad.

8–10 :

Ephraim is a half‐baked cake.

10 :

Cf. 5.5 .

11 :

The dove was considered silly because it was overly familiar with humans and easily captured. Egypt and Assyria are the “foreigners” of v. 9 . For the historical background, see 2 Kings 15.19–20; 17.3–4 .

14 :

The contrast is between acceptable forms of prayer, crying to me from the heart, and those which were unacceptable, such as wailing upon their beds (Isa 57.8 ) and self‐mutilation (they gash themselves) (Deut 14.1; 1 Kings 18.28 ).

15 :

Cf. 11.3–4 .

16 :

Babbling, i.e., negotiations conducted in the Egyptian language.

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