Ephraim's glory, by reason of idolatry, vanished.
Hosea 13:1 When Ephraim spake, trembling, he exalted himselfe in Israel, but, when he offended in Baal, he died. Hosea 13:2 And now they sinne more and more, and haue made them molten images of their siluer, [and] idoles according to their owne vnderstanding, all of it the worke of the craftesmen: they say of them, Let the men that sacrifice, kisse the calues. Hosea 13:3 Therefore they shalbe as the morning cloud, and as the early dew it passeth away, as the chaffe that is driuen with a whirlewinde out of the floore, and as the smoke out of the chimney. Hosea 13:4 Yet I am the LORD thy God from the land of Egypt, and thou shalt know no God, but me: for [there is] no sauiour beside me.
God's anger for their unkindness.
Hosea 13:5 I did know thee in the wildernesse, in the land of great drought. Hosea 13:6 According to their pasture, so were they filled: they were filled, and their heart was exalted: therefore haue they forgotten me. Hosea 13:7 Therefore I will bee vnto them as a Lion, as a Leopard by the way will I obserue [them]. Hosea 13:8 I will meet them as a beare that is bereaued [of her whelpes], and will rent the kall of their heart, and there will I deuoure them like a Lion: the wilde beast shall teare them.
A promise of God's mercy.
Hosea 13:9 O Israel, thou hast destroied thy selfe, but in me [is] thine helpe. Hosea 13:10 I will be thy King: where [is any other] that may saue thee in all thy cities? and thy Iudges of whom thou saidst, Giue me a King and Princes? Hosea 13:11 I gaue thee a king in mine anger, and tooke [him] away in my wrath. Hosea 13:12 The iniquitie of Ephraim is bound vp: his sinne is hid. Hosea 13:13 The sorrowes of a traueiling woman shall come vpon him, he [is] an vnwise sonne, for he should not stay long in the place of the breaking foorth of children. Hosea 13:14 I will ransome them from the power of the graue: I will redeeme them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues, O graue, I will be thy destruction; repentance shall be hid from mine eyes.
A judgment for rebellion.
Hosea 13:15 Though he be fruitfull among [his] brethren, an East winde shall come, the winde of the LORD shall come vp from the wildernesse, and his spring shall become drie, and his fountaine shalbe dried vp: he shall spoile the treasure of all pleasant vessels. Hosea 13:16 Samaria shall become desolate, for she hath rebelled against her God: they shall fall by the sword: their infants shalbe dashed in pieces, and their women with childe shalbe ript vp.