Introduction to Hosea Chapter 13

This chapter begins with observing the different state and condition of Ephraim before and after his idolatry, Hosea 13:1; his increase in it,

Hosea 13:2; and therefore his prosperity was very short lived, which is signified by various metaphors, Hosea 13:3; and his sins are aggravated by the former goodness of God unto him his great ingratitude unto God, and forgetfulness him, Hosea 13:4; hence he is threatened with his wrath and vengeance in a very severe manner, Hosea 13:7; for which he had none to blame but himself; yea, such was the grace and goodness of God to him, that though he had destroyed himself, yet there were help and salvation for him in him, Hosea 13:9; though not in his king he had desired, and was given, and was took away in wrath, Hosea 13:10; but his sin being bound up and hid, and he foolish and unwise, sharp corrections would be given him, Hosea 13:12; and yet a gracious promise is made of redemption from death and the grave by the Messiah,

Hosea 13:14; but, notwithstanding this, and all his present prosperity, he would be blasted in his wealth and riches; and Samaria the metropolis of his country would he desolate; and the inhabitants of it be used in the most cruel manner, because of their rebellion against God, Hosea 13:15.