Hosea Chapter 4 

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Hosea 4

Hear the word of the Lord, ye children of Israel: for the Lord hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.

By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood.

Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away.

Yet let no man strive, nor reprove another: for thy people are as they that strive with the priest.

Therefore shalt thou fall in the day, and the prophet also shall fall with thee in the night, and I will destroy thy mother.

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

As they were increased, so they sinned against me: therefore will I change their glory into shame.

They eat up the sin of my people, and they set their heart on their iniquity.

And there shall be, like people, like priest: and I will punish them for their ways, and reward them their doings.

10 For they shall eat, and not have enough: they shall commit whoredom, and shall not increase: because they have left off to take heed to the Lord.

11 Whoredom and wine and new wine take away the heart.

12 My people ask counsel at their stocks, and their staff declareth unto them: for the spirit of whoredoms hath caused them to err, and they have gone a whoring from under their God.

13 They sacrifice upon the tops of the mountains, and burn incense upon the hills, under oaks and poplars and elms, because the shadow thereof is good: therefore your daughters shall commit whoredom, and your spouses shall commit adultery.

14 I will not punish your daughters when they commit whoredom, nor your spouses when they commit adultery: for themselves are separated with whores, and they sacrifice with harlots: therefore the people that doth not understand shall fall.

15 Though thou, Israel, play the harlot, yet let not Judah offend; and come not ye unto Gilgal, neither go ye up to Bethaven, nor swear, The Lord liveth.

16 For Israel slideth back as a backsliding heifer: now the Lord will feed them as a lamb in a large place.

17 Ephraim is joined to idols: let him alone.

18 Their drink is sour: they have committed whoredom continually: her rulers with shame do love, Give ye.

19 The wind hath bound her up in her wings, and they shall be ashamed because of their sacrifices.

48 thoughts on “Hosea Chapter 4 

  1. Verse 1 AMP “Hear the word of the Lord, you children of Israel, For the Lord has a [legal] case with the inhabitants of the land, Because there is no faithfulness [no steadfast love, no dependability] or loyalty or kindness Or knowledge of God [from personal experience with Him] in the land.” What a horrible way to be called out as unfaithful, no love, no dependability, unloyal, or kindness in you because you have no relationship/knowledge of the one true God. Ephesians 1:17-19 MSG says “I ask—ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory—to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally, your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is he is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life he has for his followers, oh, the utter extravagance of his work in us who trust him—endless energy, boundless strength!”

    Verse 4 MSG says “But don’t look for someone to blame. No finger pointing! You, priest, are the one in the dock.” We are so ready to blame others and point the finger; but, remember there are three fingers pointing right back at you. Like Pastor said Wednesday night “habit of choice” …..start making better decisions and follow after Christ. As the rest of this chapter talks about how you can’t tell the priests from the people and vice versa; we the people of God should stand out from this world of sin and be recognizable as the children of God.

  2. THY KINGDOM COME
    KNOWLEDGE

    6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

    The first glaring concern in this passage is that the LORD identified the people as HIS. However they were not interested in seeking to KNOW HIM.

    Knowledge – 1 a (1) : the fact or condition of knowing something with familiarity gained through experience or association (2) : acquaintance with or understanding of a science, art, or technique
    b (1) : the fact or condition of being aware of something (2) : the range of one’s information or understanding answered to the best of my knowledge
    c : the circumstance or condition of apprehending truth or fact through reasoning : cognition
    d : the fact or condition of having information or of being learned a person of unusual knowledge
    2 a : the sum of what is known : the body of truth, information, and principles acquired by humankind.

    Knowledge is more than the ability to quote a few scriptures or receive a blessing. Knowledge is identified with learning, knowing and following the law of GOD.

    The apostle Paul gives us great insight in this area of how we will KNOW HIM.

    Philippians 3:10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;

    iRepent
    iPraise
    iPray
    iWork
    iGive
    iReap
    iGo
    iBlessYouInTheNameOfTheLordJESUS

  3. “Though you, Israel, are a prostitute, may Judah not be guilty
    of such things. Do not join the false worship at Gilgal or Beth-aven,
    and do not take oaths there in the LORD’S name.
    Hosea 4:15 NLT

    People that genuinely praise the Lord will not entangle in gossip, murmuring and complaining. They will do the opposite they will have a good attitude , encouraging and exercising faith for we know the beauty of praise to our God.

  4. 4:2by swearing , and lying and killing and stealing and committing adultery, they break out, and blood touch blood..
    ———
    And it goes on and on from bad to worst… God is not the center anymore , or maybe it never was.

  5. 6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.
    7 As they were increased, so they sinned against me: therefore will I change their glory into shame.

    We live in a day that isn’t much different than how is was in those days. Where we have an endless supply of knowledge at our fingertips and can access almost any information at any time but people are rampantly behaving without any sense. While seeking God, we must seek the knowledge and wisdom with his perspective. I pray that i would continue to seek him where God would have me to trust blindly, and full of wisdom and knowledge in every area of discernment. It’s not enough to just have information, but to know how to properly use it is key.

  6. Hosea 4:1 (English Amp) Here the word of the Lord, You children of Israel, for the Lord has a controversy ( a pleading contention) with inhabitants of the land, because there is no faithfulness , love, pity, and mercy, or knowledge of God [ from personal experience with Him in the land. Start making better decisions of on lives. Don’t blame others for what happens to your life. Ask God for guildness to make you better person. Have a personal experience with Jesus. Love him with all heart.

  7. 12. They ask a piece of wood for advice! They think a stick can tell them the future! Longing after idols has made them foolish. They have played the prostitute, serving other gods and deserting their God. NLT

    It has always puzzled me how someone can look to something they bought from a store or made themselves, and ask it for guidance, blessings, miracles, etc…you realize this thing came from Wal-Mart, right?

    ——

    18. When the rulers of Israel finish their drinking, off they go to find some prostitutes. They love shame more than honor. NLT

    We all have to decide what we love more – the shameful things, or the honorable?

  8. AMP – 1 Hear the word of the Lord, you children of Israel,
    For the Lord has a [legal] case with the inhabitants of the land,
    Because there is no faithfulness [no steadfast love, no dependability] or loyalty or kindness
    Or knowledge of God [from personal experience with Him] in the land.

    God is looking for people in this last day who are faithful. Faithful in service to His Kingdom, faithful in giving of their time, talent and treasure, faithful in worship, faithful in their loyalty and faithful in their love for Him and truth.

    There are so many distractions in life that it’s very easy to allow some of these areas to slip in our lives. However, we must gird up our minds, take inventory every day of our lives and make sure that we are being the best we can be. Increasing our personal experience with Him on a daily basis will allow the sensitivity to His spirit, and keep us on the right path.

    1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

  9. iLove the Kingdom
    6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

    It is always important to keep and cherish the Word of God. Obedience is better than sacrifice. The Lord is serious about his people representing Him, especially his priests. Who would be the priests today? The pastor and his ministers in training are considered the New Testament priesthood. As a minister in training, we must set a higher standard and we must be willing to accept His knowledge above the carnal knowledge of this world.

  10. ‘And what the priests do, the people also do.’ So now I will punish both priests and people for their wicked deeds.
    Hosea 4:9 NLT
    People are watching us there see what we doing the leaning on us
    It’s important to keep a continuously walk of God so that the people will knew our GOD

  11. 8 They eat up the sin of my people, and they set their heart on their iniquity

    Why o’l Israel why? That’s my question to those that choose 💀 death I’m talking about sin ya know!
    During prayer I felt this…there are people who pray for control over their flesh that pray God puts their flesh in check. Look at it this way. You can’t pray for your flesh to get in check because if you go all the way back to the garden we see that the choice was between our spirit and flesh. Eve followed her flesh and rebelled against Gods command. His purpose was for us to have freewill/or choice, that was part of the creation of man.
    So that is why the armor of God is so important! Guard yourself today
    iBless you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ

  12. Hosea 4
    6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget

    We must hold to what God has given us. The people rejected knowledge. They were destroyed b cause of the rejection. Knowledge was right before them but they walked right past it. His ways are obtainable. Knowledge comes from experiences . You can either use it or reject it. The choice is yours. I pray we make the right choice and not forget Gods Word and the experiences He has brought us through.

  13. 6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

    We think we know, but do we really know God? Or are we ignorant to the power and more interested in the feeling? It’s a choice that requires discipline to go beyond just an emotional experience and get to really know God and study His word. Someone just reminded me this morning, the choice is between flesh and the spirit – it’s a decision we must daily make.

  14. “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge [of My law, where I reveal My will]. Because you [the priestly nation] have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you from being My priest. Since you have forgotten the law of your God, I will also forget your children.”
    ‭‭HOSEA‬ ‭4:6‬ ‭AMP‬‬

    In the Amplified version states that His people are destroyed for lack of knowledge of His law, where He reveals His Will. This is why it’s so important that our will decrease and God’s Will increase in our lives. We should pray Thy Kingdom come. Thy Will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

    “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.”
    ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:9-13‬ ‭KJV‬‬

  15. 4“Don’t point your finger at someone else and try to pass the blame! My complaint, you priests, is with you.

    As kids when we got in trouble we always to blame another sibling, or just say everyone’s favorite phrase “I don’t know”. Even as adults, instead of taking responsibility we look to place blame on someone else. By trying to blame someone else, leads to more sin, such as lying, deceit, anger, etc.

    It’s better to tell the truth even though it may hurt, but in the long run you’ll gain trust from others.

  16. 6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.
    7 As they were increased, so they sinned against me: therefore will I change their glory into shame.

    Do you know what the Bible says? Many people think they do, but do they? We must know what His word says, we must know what the Spirort of God is speaking to us on a daily basis. Thank you Jesus for your Word.

  17. Ephraim has attached himself to idols; Do not go near him! They consume their alcohol, then engage in cult prostitution; they dearly love their shameful behavior.
    Hosea 4:17‭-‬18 NET

    It’s hard to leave them alone knowing what they going through but it is the best thing to do. Let them live their life and get to the point when what they doing it gets too old realize this is not life I was better off before. And they’ll find their way home to the father cuz they anchor to the father by truth

    A.L.M.A.S.

  18. Prostitution, wine, and new wine take away the mind and the [spiritual] understanding. My people consult their [lifeless] wooden idol, and their [diviner’s] wand gives them oracles. For a spirit of prostitution has led them astray [morally and spiritually], And they have played the prostitute, withdrawing themselves from their God.
    HOSEA 4:11‭-‬12 AMP
    Merciful GOD!!!!! Draw your children back to their first love. Nothing can ever fulfill their lives like the way you do. You are faithful and never disappoint. Forgive our nation of all our sins, in JESUS NAME!!!

  19. 7 As they were increased, so they sinned against me: therefore will I change their glory into shame.

    8 They eat up the sin of my people, and they set their heart on their iniquity.

    9 And there shall be, like people, like priest: and I will punish them for their ways, and reward them their doings.

    10 For they shall eat, and not have enough: they shall commit whoredom, and shall not increase: because they have left off to take heed to the Lord.

  20. 6 My people are being destroyed
    because they don’t know me.
    Since you priests refuse to know me,
    I refuse to recognize you as my priests.
    Since you have forgotten the laws of your God,
    I will forget to bless your children.

    Do you know God?
    For when we really know Him, would we choose to make some of the decisions we are currently making?

    1 John 5:20-21 (MSG)
    18-21 We know that none of the God-begotten makes a practice of sin—fatal sin. The God-begotten are also the God-protected. The Evil One can’t lay a hand on them. We know that we are held firm by God; it’s only the people of the world who continue in the grip of the Evil One. And we know that the Son of God came so we could recognize and understand the truth of God—what a gift!—and we are living in the Truth itself, in God’s Son, Jesus Christ. This Jesus is both True God and Real Life. Dear children, be on guard against all clever facsimiles.

    When we know God, we are with Him eternally! For He is the REAL LIFE.

  21. “My people are being destroyed because they don’t know me. Since you priests refuse to know me, I refuse to recognize you as my priests. Since you have forgotten the laws of your God, I will forget to bless your children.”
    ‭‭Hosea‬ ‭4:6‬ ‭NLT‬‬

    “The more priests there are, the more they sin against me. They have exchanged the glory of God for the shame of idols. “When the people bring their sin offerings, the priests get fed. So the priests are glad when the people sin! ‘And what the priests do, the people also do.’ So now I will punish both priests and people for their wicked deeds.”
    ‭‭Hosea‬ ‭4:7-9‬ ‭NLT‬‬

    We must know God for ourself. If we count only on those around us and don’t build a relationship with God for ourselves, we will be lost. But, even though we know this, when new souls come in, they will not yet know how to build a relationship with God so they will first look to the leaders. But if we are leaders in wrong doing they will say “well if they do that, it must be okay” and we would be leading them down the wrong path. Being a spiritual leader is a heavy responsibility, this is why we must be willing. No matter what we do for the kingdom of God, we mustn’t take our responsibilities lightly. Be a leader who leads others to God, not to the world.

  22. 6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

    It isn’t a lack of worldly knowledge that’s destroying believers. We have plenty of that. With the Internet now, we can access just about anything we need to know. It’s a lack of Biblical knowledge that’s destroying us. We’ve got a lot a people who attend church, wave their hands in the air, and sing praises. But how many churches break down and teach God’s Word chapter-by-chapter and verse-by-verse? Not many, because if there were, America wouldn’t be in the trouble we are in.

    Without a consistent intake of this spiritual food, we are doomed to follow the path of destruction. Lack of knowledge is very serious. It eventually leads to spiritual death. For those who lack knowledge of God’s Word, are left vulnerable to the deception. Imagine a soldier going to war without any weapons. Someone lacking in knowledge is in the same situation.

  23. The lessons of the nation of Israel are so often applicable to our lives and walk today. ‘Hear the word of the Lord, ye children of Israel: for the Lord hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.’ This would appear to make sense today because the land we live in us ruled by the world, but he was speaking to a nation who was supposed to serve him. The greater warning to their state is seen a few verses later: ‘for thy people are as they that strive with the priest.’ They lost sight of Truth because they weren’t willing to listen to his priests. Without truth, we cannot expect there to be mercy, without truth we cannot expect there to be a knowledge of God in the land. They may profess him with their lips, but they do not seek him with their hearts.

    This travesty is one that can easily occur today… if we choose to close our ears to the man of God. If we harden our hearts to his words, we close our hearts to the knowledge of God. This is dangerous ground because ‘My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee’ We cannot go our own way. We do not get to do our own thing. We cannot be saved by our own knowledge. We need to know who God is! We need the hearken unto his word, we need to hearken to what is spoken by his preachers, we need to allow his truth to reign… because his truth will surely set us free!

  24. My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

    Today, knowledge of the things of the world is ever increasing while the knowledge of the things of God is diminishing. We must be ever so careful to ensure that we are teaching our children about God and to put a love for learning more about him and desiring to draw ever so closer to him within their hearts. Nothing in this world can save them; only Jesus can.

  25. …For they have abandoned their devotion to the Lord .
    Promiscuity, wine, and new wine take away one’s understanding.
    …People without discernment are doomed.
    Hosea 4:10‭-‬11‭, ‬14 HCSB

    The chapter today so clearly depicts the downward progression of our nation that it is frightening. Promiscuity, drunkenness (on drugs and alcohol), lawlessness, and shedding of blood are so rampant that it is difficult to tell that we are supposedly a Christian nation. It grieves my heart to know that judgment from the Lord must surely come here as it did to Israel.

    The above verses show the progression taken toward destruction.

    1). Loss of devotion. They don’t abandon God entirely; they just water-down their devotion, become lukewarm. They still call on His name when needed, still go through the motions of service, but there is no passion, no zeal, no whole-hearted commitment, no faithfulness. They’ve given in to all the voices tempting, “Did God really say you can’t…? You don’t really have to do all that, do you?” Little by little, they trade devotion to God for the pleasures of the flesh and this world.

    2). Loss of understanding. Promiscuity and drunkenness on the lusts of the flesh and addictions of self-gratification dull the senses until there is no clear understanding of right and wrong. There are no absolutes, everything falls into the grey areas that God never ordained. God-given morals, standards, and commandments are traded for situational ethics. People no longer understand that laws are good, that the pleasures of sin are evil, and that obedience to God’s Word is the only way to salvation. They begin to imagine that there are many flesh-pleasing ways to get to Heaven; or that Hell is a pleasant place where they can enjoy sin forever; or that there is no God, Heaven, or Hell at all and they can simply do as they please.

    3). Loss of discernment (in convictions, morals, and godliness) brings destruction. I’ve read that great civilisations of the past have followed a predictable path to ruin: promiscuity, homosexuality, transvestitism, lawlessness, destruction.
    Paul describes this progression in Romans.

    Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools… Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves… For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
    Romans 1:21‭-‬22, 24, 26-32

  26. My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

    When we truly have an encounter with the living God we get so hungry for Him…..for more and more of His Word. We are never satisfied and always want to understand and receive more of His knowledge. I get so sad when I see people reject Him and His word for I know that they have never truly had an encounter with Him. It’s one thing to know OF HIM. It’s another thing to KNOW HIM.

  27. 6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.
    When we dont have the knowledge and understanding we are supposed to spiritually and practically we fall into a snare. We must commit ourselves to
    God and the knowledge He gives us because with that we find our way and make right decisions in our future.

  28. have enough: they shall commit whoredom, and shall not increase: because they have left off to take heed to the Lord.

  29. Hosea 4:6, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.”

  30. 1 Hear the word of the Lord, ye children of Israel: for the Lord hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.

    2 By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood.

    3 Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away.

    4 Yet let no man strive, nor reprove another: for thy people are as they that strive with the priest.

    5 Therefore shalt thou fall in the day, and the prophet also shall fall with thee in the night, and I will destroy thy mother.

    Hosea reproves for immorality, as well as idolatry. There was no truth, mercy, or knowledge of God in the land: it was full of murders, 2 Kings 21:16. Therefore calamities were near, which would desolate the country. Our sins, as separate persons, as a family, as a neighbourhood, as a nation, cause the Lord to have a controversy with us; let us submit and humble ourselves before Him, that he may not go on to destroy.

  31. I Love To Worship The Lord
    The book of Hosea now records the preaching of this prophet whose personal pain reflects so brightly the pain experienced by the Lord. Hosea begins with an indictment identifying Israels sins

  32. 6 my people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for me, because you have forgotten the law of your God I also will forget your children.

  33. 6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.
    7 As they were increased, so they sinned against me: therefore will I change their glory into shame.

  34. Josiah: 6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.
    It is important to know what we stand for. It is important to know what the word of God says. It is important to have a relationship with God. God said “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge”. Let us not regect the teachings of the Lord. Let us GO FIRST Seek The Kingdom of God! Let us GO IN JESUS NAME!

  35. My people are being destroyed because they don’t know me. Since you priests refuse to know me, I refuse to recognize you as my priests. Since you have forgotten the laws of your God, I will forget to bless your children.
    Hosea 4:6 NLT
    https://bible.com/bible/116/hos.4.6.NLT

    Wow! What an importance to have a geniune relationship with God. We must really get to know Him and make Lord over everything. When we do this others will see Him in us and we can be a witness and testify. Its time to know Jesus and let the world know.

  36. My people are being destroyed because they don’t know me. Since you priests refuse to know me, I refuse to recognize you as my priests. Since you have forgotten the laws of your God, I will forget to bless your children.
    Hosea 4:6 NLT

  37. 6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

    Ignorance does not end in bliss, it’s an excuse, and something that will lead God’s people into destruction. His people know of him, the law and the history of what he has done before. Even with all this they have rejected knowledge and now God will reject them.

    People can see the past of a person whether it be good or bad and hold it against them or hold them to a higher expectation because of it. Whatever the case may be God will always live up to his reputation and just because he doesn’t zap us dead the moment we sin is grace that we may repent.

  38. 1 Hear the word of the Lord, ye children of Israel: for the Lord hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.

    No truth, no mercy and no knowledge that is what caused the people to perish. Buy the truth and sell it not, go find out what mercy is, and know God

  39. 6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

    We get destroyed for the lack of knowledge that we have in Him. Many people have come up to us and told us their problems and first thing we ask them is have you prayed about? Have you fasted about it? and it’s usually a No! Many people don’t want to seek Gods face, wait patiently for an answer, hear His voice BUT want an ANSWER NOW!!! If you want to know God more, you have to spend more time with God! God is not something that we can have as an adornment. He is alive and is such a BIG MARVELOUS GOD!!! Thank you Jesus for giving me the privledge to know you MORE AND MORE everyday!!

  40. Hosea 4:16
    The Israelites are stubborn, like a stubborn heifer. How then can the Lord pasture them like lambs in a meadow?

    Stubbornness – dogged determination not to change ones attitude or position on something

    Lambs recognize there shepherd and follow him. The do not stray far from him because they learn that he provides certain things needed to survive.

    Heifers on the other had have to be encouraged through alternate means. There stubbornness has to be met with a level a aggression that makes them respond. They might not do what you want but at least you’ll get a reaction.

    What kind of attitude does God meet when He calls us? Is this why He resorts to alternative measures at times to get a reaction from us? Its an awful thing to be called stubborn by God.

    To me it sounds like, if there’s not hope for you when you get to a stubborn stage.

  41. Hear the word of the Lord , ye children of Israel: for the Lord hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.
    Hosea 4:1 KJV
    https://bible.com/bible/1/hos.4.1.KJV

    ‘Controversy” is ‘dispute or strife.” God had a dispute or strife with His children because there was no truth, mercy, or knowledge of Him in the land. Since they had no relationship with Him, they had no Godly characteristics. When this happens, the next verse shows that sin spreads like wild fire, and God is forced to act in judgement. I thank God that we can avoid this cycle in our lives by hearing and obeying His truth.

  42. Verse 1
    Hosea announced that the Lord would takeHis people to court to focus the attention of all Israel on the magnitude of its crime. God charged Israel with a breach in the covenant, “ Truth” is nowhere to be found because the people of Israel had not sustained or supported their covenant with God.
    “Mercy” is the term for Gods covenant love that Israel experienced when God redeemed His people from Egypt. They would know that love again when God would call the contrite nation back to Himself. The “knowledge of God” that expressed covenant intimacy had been completely abandoned.

    Jesus have mercy!!!

  43. 6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

  44. “Hear the word of the Lord, ye children of Israel: for the Lord hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.”
    ‭‭Hosea‬ ‭4:1‬ ‭KJV

    Thank you Jesus for your mercy

    There was no truth. Because there was no truth everyone said what they wanted. They all lied. No white lies, they just all lied. Then with there being no truth there was no mercy. Mercy comes when someone is given the benefit of the doubt. There is no Benidict of the doubt when you KNOW that everyone is lying. Then because there is no truth, and God is truth, and there is no mercy, and God is mercy, there is no knowledge of God. What a sad state to be in! No truth, no mercy, no knowledge of God. —This means no hope.

    Thank you Jesus that we have truth, mercy, knowledge of God and as a result, hope. Jesus is everything, and that my friend is truth!

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