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SAB Highlights: Hosea - Micah

Hosea | Joel | Amos | Obadiah | Jonah | Micah


  1. God told Hosea to commit adultery, saying "take ... a wife of whoredoms and children of whoredoms" because the land has "committed great whoredom." So Hosea did as God commanded and "took" a wife named Gomer. 1:2-3

  2. He told Hosea to name his baby girl "Loruhamah," which means unloved. 1:6

  3. Hosea tells his children that their mother is a whore who is not his wife. He asks them to tell their mother to "put away her whoredoms" and "her adulteries from between her breasts" or he'll "strip her naked ... and slay her with thirst." 2:2-3

  4. God will not have mercy upon children if they are the children of whoredoms. 2:4-5

  5. "Now will I discover her lewdness in the sight of her lovers, and none shall deliver her out of mine hand." 2:10

  6. God tells Hosea to love an adulteress. So Hosea buys (another?) wife for a homer and a half of barley. 3:1-2

  7. Committing whoredom by going a whoring with the spirit of whoredom. 4:10-12, 5:3-4

  8. ;If you misbehave, God will make your daughters "commit whoredom" and your wife "commit adultery." 4:13

  9. Even more whoredom! "They have committed whoredom continually." 4:14-18

  10. More lewdness and whoredom. 6:9-10

  11. "I will send a fire upon his cities." 8:14

  12. "Thou hast gone a whoring from thy God, thou hast loved a reward upon every cornfloor." 9:1

  13. "The prophet is a fool, the spiritual man is mad." 9:7

  14. "Though they bring up their children, yet will I bereave them." 9:12

  15. "O Lord: what wilt thou give? give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts." 9:14

  16. "Yea, though they bring forth, yet will I slay even the beloved fruit of their womb." 9:16

  17. God will punish Israel by "dashing" together mothers and their children. 10:14

  18. "The LORD ... shall roar like a lion." 11:10

  19. God will rip humans apart and eat them like a lion. 13:7-8

  20. "Their infants shall be dashed in pieces, and their women with child shall be ripped up." 13:16


  21. "Awake, ye drunkards, and weep; and howl, all ye drinkers of wine, because of the new wine; for it is cut off from your mouth." 1:5

  22. "The day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand." 1:15, 2:1, 3:14

  23. The animals are perplexed and cry out to God after he torments them by burning their food and drying up the rivers. 1:18-20

  24. On "the day of the Lord", everything and everyone will be burned to death. 2:3

  25. People will try to commit suicide but will not be able to. 2:8

  26. And there will be earthquakes, the sun and the moon will be dark, and the stars will no longer shine. 2:10

  27. God will repay Israel for the damage the locusts caused -- which he sent! And they will "praise the name of the Lord." 2:25-26

  28. He will show off all his magic tricks. Blood, fire, smoke, eclipses. 2:30-31

  29. "I will sell your sons and your daughters ... for the Lord hath spoken it." 3:8

  30. "Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruninghooks into spears." 3:10


  31. The divine pyromaniac threatens to "send fire unto" Hazel, Gaza, Tyrus, Teman, Rabbah, Moab, and Judah. 1:4 - 2:5

  32. "A man and his father will go in unto the same maid, to profane my holy name." 2:7

  33. All evil comes from God. 3:6

  34. God afflicted the Israelites with "cleanness of teeth" (famine), drought, blasting, and mildew. He killed them with pestilence, slaughtered them with the sword, and "made the stink of their camps come up into their noses." And yet they still didn't return to him. What is wrong with people? 4:6-10

  35. Woe is everyone (especially musicians and wine drinkers). 6:1-6

  36. God burned up the earth and sea, and then he repented for it. 7:4-6

  37. He stands on a wall holding a plumb line while he talks to Amos. 7:7

  38. "Thus saith the LORD; Thy wife shall be an harlot in the city, and thy sons and thy daughters shall fall by the sword ... and thou shalt die in a polluted land." 7:17

  39. God shows Amos a basket of summer fruit and tells him that the end has come. 8:1-2

  40. "There shall be many dead bodies in every place." 8:3

  41. "I will cause the sun to go down at noon, and I will darken the earth in the clear day." 8:9

  42. "I will bring up sackcloth upon all loins, and baldness upon every head." 8:10

  43. Amos sees God standing on the altar. 9:1

  44. God will kill "the last of them with the sword," and any that try to escape by diving to the bottom of the sea will be bitten, at God's command, by a serpent. God will set his "eyes upon them for evil, not for good." 9:1-4


  45. The Israelites hear "a rumor from the Lord" telling them to start a war with the Edomites. 1, 8

  46. God tells Israelites to "destroy the wise men out of Edom" and to slaughter "everyone of the mount of Esau." 8-9

  47. "The day of the Lord is near." If so, it must have come and past, unnoticed, long before the birth of Jesus. 15

  48. God will burn all the heathen to death, "for the LORD hath spoken it." 16-18


  49. Jonah fled "from the presence of the Lord." (There are some places where even God can't find you.) 1:3, 10

  50. God made "a great fish" swallow Jonah, who stayed in the fish's belly for three days and three nights. 1:17

  51. Jonah prays to God from his fish-belly hell. 2:1-2

  52. "The LORD spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land." 2:10

  53. After hearing Jonah preach, everyone in Nineveh turned to God, including all the animals. Jonah must be one hell of a preacher! 3:5

  54. All the animals in Ninevah covered themselves with sackcloth and cried "mightily unto God." 3:8

  55. "God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them." 3:10

  56. God prepared a gourd to shade Jonah's head, a worm to destroy the gourd, and then a drying wind and baking sun that made Jonah wish he was dead. 4:6-8


  57. God will come down to earth to melt mountains and split valleys. 1:3-4

  58. God will destroy Samaria with stones. 1:6

  59. "I will wail and howl, I will go stripped and naked: I will make a wailing like the dragons, and mourning as the owls." 1:8

  60. "Evil came down from the Lord." 1:12

  61. Micah says "woe" to those that devise evil in 2:1, but only two verses later, God says he is devising evil against "this family." Woe is God. 2:1, 3

  62. "Behold, against this family do I devise an evil." 2:3

  63. Plucking off skin, flesh from bones, eating human flesh, flaying off skin, breaking bones, chopping bodies in pieces, making human stew. 3:2

  64. When they "cry unto the Lord ... he will not hear them: he will even hide his face from them at that time." 3:4

  65. Like a young lion "the remnant of Jacob" will tear the Gentiles to pieces. 5:8

  66. God will destroy entire cities, and "execute vengeance in anger and fury upon the heathen such as they have not heard." 5:14-15

  67. God will make his people sick, hungry, and desolate. Those who survive he will "give up to the sword." 6:13-16

  68. "Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide: keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom."
    Advice like this is only found in the Bible. 7:5

  69. The Gentiles will be made deaf, shall lick dust and be forced to crawl like worms from fear of God and his people. 7:16-17