Hosea
Introduction

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Injustice
Cruelty and Violence
Women
Family Values
Contradictions
Language
Absurdities
Sex
Intolerance
Prophecy
Interpretation
Good Stuff


Hosea: Cruelties

  1. "I will no more have mercy upon the house of Israel." 1:6

  2. God (or 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

  3. Because of the Israelites' disobedience, the land mourns, and all the animals are dying. 4:3

  4. "Ephraim shall be desolate in the day of rebuke." 5:9

  5. "The princes of Judah were like them that remove the bound: therefore I will pour out my wrath upon them like water." 5:10

  6. God will tear up Ephraim like a lion so that "in their affliction they will seek me." 5:14

  7. "I hewed them by the prophets; I have slain them by the words of my mouth." 6:5

  8. "I will spread my net upon them; I will bring them down as the fowls of the heaven." 7:12

  9. "Woe unto them! for they have fled from me: destruction unto them!" 7:13

  10. "They return, but not to the most High ... their princes shall fall by the sword for the rage of their tongue." 7:16

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

  12. God will induce miscarriages and kill the children of Ephraim. 9:11-12

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

  14. "I will slay even the beloved fruit of their womb." 9:16

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

  16. "The sword shall abide on his cities ... and devour them." 11:6

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

  18. "I will be thy plagues ... I will be thy destruction: repentance shall be hid from mine eyes." 13:14

  19. Because the Samaritans chose to worship another deity, God will dash their infants to pieces and their "women with child shall be ripped up." 13:16