I’ve recently been looking through a the books of Hosea and Amos in the NIV version and found these rather difficult to explain passages
13 I have seen Ephraim, like Tyre,planted in a pleasant place.But Ephraim will bring out their children to the slayer.”14 Give them, LORD— what will you give them? Give them wombs that miscarry and breasts that are dry.15 “Because of all their wickedness in Gilgal,I hated them there.Because of their sinful deeds, I will drive them out of my house.I will no longer love them;all their leaders are rebellious.16 Ephraim is blighted,their root is withered,they yield no fruit.Even if they bear children,I will slay their cherished offspring.”
16 The people of Samaria must bear their guilt,because they have rebelled against their God. They will fall by the sword; their little ones will be dashed to the ground,
their pregnant women ripped open.”
_ Times like these really make me think that knowing Jewish thought and take on this esp.would be **very ** helpful b/c it would make things more wide in perspective and comprehensive to know what the ppl who are primarily only working with the Old Testament say about this b/c I think that “Oh all the Old Testament stuff leads to the New Testament and Christ’s affirmation of things” won’t really do it here.