Understanding The Bible
STUDY REFERENCE
Clarence E. Mason's
"OLD TESTAMENT PROPHETIC BOOKS"
HOSEA
Expanded Appendix

Dr. Clarence E. Mason, Jr.
Philadelphia College of Bible
1970


OLD TESTAMENT PROPHETIC BOOKS
HOSEA: Expanded appendix

Hosea prophesied during the reigns of the following kings of Judah: Uzziah to Hezekiah. Of Israel: Jeroboam II and kings following until (and following) the ten tribe captivity. He prophesied approximately 755-715 BC (Whitcomb). See 2 Kings 15-20;
2 Chronicles 26-32.


To both kingdoms, mainly ISRAEL (Smeeton adapted)

  1. THE PRODIGAL WIFE 1-3

    1. Title and date 1:1

    2. The unfaithful wife 1:2-2:5

      1. The marriage and the three children with symbolic names 1:2-9 Jezreel ("scattered")
        Lo-ruhamah ("unpitied" or "not having obtained mercy") Lo-ammi ("not my people")

      2. The promise of restoration 1:10-2:1 Jezreel ("sown" in land)
        Ruhamah ("pitied" or "having obtained mercy**) Ammi ("my people") The negative is dropped.

      3. The appeal and complaint 2:2-5

    3. Chastening 2:6-13

    4. Restoration 2:14-23

    5. Hosea's grace toward his wife illustrates Jehovah's grace toward Israel 3:1-5

      1. The fallen wife restored 3:1-2 (compare: Israel's past)

      2. The application to Israel 3:3-5

        1. Their present 3:3-4

        2. Their future 3:5

  2. THE PRODIGAL PEOPLE 4-14

    1. The unfaithful people 4:1-6:11

      1. The people in general 4:1-19

      2. The priests and ruling authorities 5:1-11

      3. Jehovah's warning of judgment 5:12-15

      4. The prophet voices Israel's future cry of repentance 6:1-3

      5. Jehovah's lamentation over Ephraim (10 tribes) and Judah 6:4-11

    2. The resultant judgment - Jehovah's pleading ignored 7:1-9:9

      1. Ephraim's iniquity 7:1-7

      2. Ephraim's transgression 7:8-8:14

      3. The judgment 9:1-9

    3. In retrospect: A Divine soliloquy 9:10-11:11

    4. Ephraim incorrigible: Recalling the past 11:12-13:8

    5. Final warning and appeal for repentance 13:9-14:3

    6. Future restoration and blessing: Ephraim shall be Ephraim ("fruitful") 14:4-9


 

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