Participants: Kelly Mowrer
Series Code: HWAL
Program Code: HWAL000693
00:15 Hello and welcome to "His Words Are Life. "
00:17 I'm Kelly Mowrer, and today we'll be
00:19 reading together from the Book of Hosea.
00:22 But let's pray before we start.
00:24 Dear heavenly Father, thank you again
00:27 for how you have kept each of us for yourself.
00:32 And how you come and changed our lives.
00:35 Please be with us. Now as we hear these words
00:37 and change as even more to be more like you.
00:40 We love you and thank you for loving us. Amen.
00:44 We're reading in the book of Hosea,
00:46 Chapter 2 picking up with verse 16.
00:48 And this is King James Version.
00:52 And it shall be at that day, saith the Lord,
00:55 that thou shalt call me Ishi.
00:58 And shalt call me no more Baali.
01:05 For I will take away the names of Baalim out of her mouth,
01:06 and they shall no more be remembered by their name.
01:08 And in that day will I make a covenant for them
01:11 with the beasts of the field and with the fowls of heaven,
01:15 and with the creeping things of the ground,
01:16 and I will break the bow and the sword
01:18 and the battle out of the earth,
01:20 and will make them to lie down safely.
01:23 And I will betroth thee unto me for ever.
01:26 Yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness,
01:30 and in judgment, and in lovingkindness,
01:33 and in mercies. I will even betroth thee
01:37 unto me in faithfulness. And thou shalt know the Lord.
01:42 And it shall come to pass in that day,
01:44 I will hear, saith the Lord, I will hear the heavens,
01:47 and they shall hear the earth.
01:49 And the earth shall hear the corn,
01:51 and the wine, and the oil. And they shall hear Jezreel.
01:55 And I will sow her unto me in the earth,
01:58 and I will have mercy upon her that had not obtained mercy,
02:03 and I will say to them which were not my people,
02:06 Thou art my people, and they shall say,
02:09 Thou art my God. Reading now in Hosea Chapter 3.
02:14 And this is the King James Version
02:17 Then said the Lord unto me, Go yet,
02:21 love a woman beloved of her friend,
02:23 yet an adulteress, according to the love
02:26 of the Lord toward the children of Israel,
02:28 who look to other gods, and love flagons of wine.
02:33 So I bought her to me for fifteen pieces of silver,
02:37 and for an homer of barley, and an half homer of barley.
02:41 And I said unto her,
02:42 hou shalt abide for me many days,
02:44 thou shalt not play the harlot,
02:46 and thou shalt not be for another man.
02:49 So will I also be for thee.
02:52 For the children of Israel shall abide
02:53 many days without a king, and without a prince,
02:55 and without a sacrifice, and without an image,
02:57 and without an ephod, and without teraphim.
03:00 Afterward shall the children of Israel return,
03:03 and seek the Lord their God, and David their king,
03:08 and shall fear the Lord
03:09 and his goodness in the latter days.
03:11 Continuing with Hosea Chapter 4.
03:14 Hear the word of the Lord, ye children of Israel, for
03:17 the Lord hath a controversy with the inhabitants
03:19 of the land, because there is no truth,
03:21 nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.
03:25 By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing
03:29 and committing adultery, they break out,
03:32 and blood toucheth blood.
03:35 Therefore shall the land mourn,
03:37 and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish,
03:40 with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven.
03:43 Yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away.
03:48 Yet let no man strive, nor reprove another,
03:52 for thy people are as they that strive with the priest.
03:56 Therefore shalt thou fall in the day,
03:58 and the prophet also shall fall with thee in the night,
04:00 and I will destroy thy mother.
04:02 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.
04:08 Because thou hast rejected knowledge,
04:09 I will also reject thee,
04:10 that thou shalt be no priest to me,
04:13 seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God,
04:16 I will also forget thy children.
04:19 As they were increased, so they sinned against me.
04:22 Therefore will I change their glory into shame.
04:26 They eat up the sin of my people,
04:28 and they set their heart on their iniquity.
04:31 And there shall be, like people, like priest,
04:33 and I will punish them for their ways,
04:35 and reward them their doings.
04:37 For they shall eat, and not have enough,
04:39 they shall commit whoredom, and shall not increase.
04:43 Because they have left off to take heed to the Lord.
04:46 Whoredom and wine and new wine take away the heart.
04:51 My people ask counsel at their stocks,
04:53 and their staff declareth unto them,
04:56 for the spirit of whoredoms hath caused them to err,
04:58 and they have gone a whoring from under their God.
05:01 They sacrifice upon the tops of the mountains,
05:04 and burn incense upon the hills,
05:07 under oaks and poplars and elms,
05:10 because the shadow thereof is good.
05:12 Therefore your daughters shall commit whoredom,
05:14 and your spouses shall commit adultery.
05:17 I will not punish your daughters when they commit whoredom,
05:19 nor your spouses when they commit adultery,
05:21 for themselves are separated with whores,
05:23 and they sacrifice with harlots.
05:25 Therefore the people that doth not understand shall fall.
05:30 Though thou, Israel, play the harlot,
05:33 yet let not Judah offend. And come not ye unto Gilgal,
05:38 neither go ye up to Bethaven, nor swear, The Lord liveth.
05:42 For Israel slideth back as a backsliding heifer,
05:47 now the Lord will feed them as a lamb in a large place.
05:52 Ephraim is joined to idols, let him alone.
05:56 Their drink is sour,
05:57 they have committed whoredom continually.
05:59 Her rulers with shame do love, Give ye.
06:03 The wind hath bound her up in her wings,
06:07 and they shall be ashamed because of their sacrifices.
06:11 Continuing in Hosea Chapter 5.
06:13 And this is the King James Version.
06:16 Hear ye this, O priests, and hearken,
06:19 ye house of Israel, and give ye ear,
06:21 O house of the king, for judgment is toward you,
06:25 because ye have been a snare on Mizpah,
06:27 and a net spread upon Tabor.
06:30 And the revolters are profound to make slaughter,
06:34 though I have been a rebuker of them all.
06:37 I know Ephraim, and Israel is not hid from me.
06:41 For now, O Ephraim, thou committest whoredom,
06:43 and Israel is defiled.
06:45 They will not frame their doings to turn unto their God,
06:49 for the spirit of whoredoms is in the midst of them,
06:51 and they have not known the Lord.
06:54 And the pride of Israel doth testify to his face.
06:57 Therefore shall Israel
06:59 and Ephraim fall in their iniquity.
07:02 Judah also shall fall with them.
07:05 They shall go with their flocks
07:06 and with their herds to seek the Lord.
07:09 But they shall not find him.
07:11 He hath withdrawn himself from them.
07:14 They have dealt treacherously against the Lord.
07:18 For they have begotten strange children.
07:22 Now shall a month devour them with their portions.
07:26 Blow ye the cornet in Gibeah, and the trumpet in Ramah.
07:30 Cry aloud at Bethaven, after thee, O Benjamin.
07:33 Ephraim shall be desolate in the day of rebuke.
07:36 Among the tribes of Israel
07:37 have I made known that which shall surely be.
07:41 The princes of Judah were like them that remove the bound.
07:45 Therefore I will pour out my wrath upon them like water.
07:49 Ephraim is oppressed and broken in judgment,
07:52 because he willingly walked after the commandment.
07:55 Therefore will I be unto Ephraim as a moth,
07:57 and to the house of Judah as rottenness.
08:00 When Ephraim saw his sickness, and Judah saw his wound,
08:04 then went Ephraim to the Assyrian,
08:07 and sent to king Jareb. Yet could he not heal you,
08:10 nor cure you of your wound.
08:13 For I will be unto Ephraim as a lion,
08:16 and as a young lion to the house of Judah,
08:18 I, even I, will tear and go away,
08:21 I will take away, and none shall rescue him.
08:25 I will go and return to my place,
08:27 till they acknowledge their offence,
08:29 and seek my face, in their affliction
08:33 they will seek me early.
08:36 Reading in Hosea Chapter 6.
08:37 This is the King James Version.
08:40 Come, and let us return unto the Lord,
08:43 for he hath torn, and he will heal us.
08:46 He hath smitten, and he will bind us up.
08:50 After two days will he revive us,
08:52 in the third day he will raise us up,
08:54 and we shall live in his sight.
08:56 Then shall we know,
08:57 if we follow on to know the Lord,
09:00 his going forth is prepared as the morning,
09:03 and he shall come unto us as the rain,
09:05 as the latter and former rain unto the earth.
09:09 O Ephraim, what shall I do unto thee?
09:13 O Judah, what shall I do unto thee?
09:15 For your goodness is as a morning cloud,
09:18 and as the early dew it goeth away.
09:21 Therefore have I hewed them by the prophets.
09:24 I have slain them by the words of my mouth,
09:27 and thy judgments are as the light that goeth forth.
09:30 For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice,
09:35 and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.
09:39 But they like men have transgressed the covenant.
09:43 There have they dealt treacherously against me.
09:45 Gilead is a city of them that work iniquity,
09:48 and is polluted with blood.
09:50 And as troops of robbers wait for a man,
09:53 so the company of priests murder in the way by consent,
09:57 for they commit lewdness.
09:59 I have seen an horrible thing in the house of Israel
10:02 There is the whoredom of Ephraim, Israel is defiled.
10:06 Also, O Judah, he hath set an harvest for thee,
10:11 when I returned the captivity of my people.
10:15 Reading in Hosea Chapter 7.
10:16 And this is the King James Version.
10:20 When I would have healed Israel,
10:22 then the iniquity of Ephraim was discovered,
10:24 and the wickedness of Samaria, for they commit falsehood.
10:28 And the thief cometh in,
10:30 and the troop of robber spoileth without.
10:33 And they consider not in their hearts
10:36 that I remember all their wickedness.
10:39 Now their own doings have beset them about,
10:42 they are before my face.
10:44 They make the king glad with their wickedness,
10:47 and the princes with their lies.
10:49 They are all adulterers,
10:50 as an oven heated by the baker,
10:53 who ceaseth from raising after he hath
10:56 kneaded the dough, until it be leavened.
10:59 In the day of our king the princes have made him sick
11:02 with bottles of wine.
11:03 He stretched out his hand with scorners.
11:06 For they have made ready their heart like an oven,
11:09 whiles they lie in wait. Their baker sleepeth all the night,
11:13 in the morning it burneth as a flaming fire.
11:16 They are all hot as an oven,
11:18 and have devoured their judges,
11:20 all their kings are fallen.
11:22 There is none among them that calleth unto me.
11:26 Ephraim, he hath mixed himself among the people.
11:29 Ephraim is a cake not turned.
11:33 Strangers have devoured his strength,
11:34 and he knoweth it not. Yea, gray hairs are here
11:38 and there upon him, yet he knoweth not.
11:42 And the pride of Israel testifieth to his face.
11:45 And they do not return to the Lord their God,
11:48 nor seek him for all this.
11:51 Ephraim also is like a silly dove without heart.
11:55 They call to Egypt, they go to Assyria.
11:57 When they shall go,
11:58 I will spread my net upon them.
12:00 I will bring them down as the fowls of the heaven.
12:02 I will chastise them, as their congregation hath heard.
12:06 Woe unto them. For they have fled from me.
12:10 Destruction unto them! because they have transgressed
12:13 against me. Though I have redeemed them,
12:15 yet they have spoken lies against me.
12:18 And they have not cried unto me with their heart,
12:21 when they howled upon their beds.
12:24 They assemble themselves for corn and wine,
12:26 and they rebel against me.
12:28 Though I have bound and strengthened their arms,
12:32 yet do they imagine mischief against me.
12:36 They return, but not to the most High.
12:39 They are like a deceitful bow. Their princes shall fall
12:42 by the sword for the rage of their tongue.
12:45 This shall be their derision in the land of Egypt.
12:50 Continuing in Hosea Chapter 8.
12:52 And this is the James Version.
12:55 Set the trumpet to thy mouth. He shall come as an eagle
12:59 against the house of the Lord, because they have
13:01 transgressed my covenant, and trespassed against my law.
13:06 Israel shall cry unto me, My God, we know thee.
13:10 Israel hath cast off the thing that is good.
13:13 The enemy shall pursue him.
13:16 They have set up kings, but not by me.
13:20 They have made princes, and I knew it not.
13:23 Of their silver and their gold have they made them idols,
13:28 that they may be cut off.
13:30 Thy calf, O Samaria, hath cast thee off,
13:33 mine anger is kindled against them.
13:35 How long will it be ere they attain to innocency?
13:39 For from Israel was it also. The workman made it.
13:43 Therefore it is not God,
13:45 but the calf of Samaria shall be broken in pieces.
13:49 For they have sown the wind,
13:52 and they shall reap the whirlwind. It hath no stalk.
13:56 The bud shall yield no meal. If so be it yield,
14:00 the strangers shall swallow it up.
14:03 Israel is swallowed up.
14:05 Now shall they be among the Gentiles
14:07 as a vessel wherein is no pleasure.
14:10 For they are gone up to Assyria,
14:12 a wild ass alone by himself, Ephraim hath hired lovers.
14:17 Yea, though they have hired among the nations,
14:20 now will I gather them, and they shall sorrow a little
14:24 for the burden of the king of princes.
14:27 Because Ephraim hath made many altars to sin,
14:31 altars shall be unto him to sin.
14:34 I have written to him the great things of my law,
14:37 but they were counted as a strange thing.