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Hosea 2:22

    Hosea 2:22 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And the earth shall hear the corn, and the wine, and the oil; and they shall hear Jezreel.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And the earth shall hear the corn, and the wine, and the oil; and they shall hear Jezreel.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    and the earth shall answer the grain, and the new wine, and the oil; and they shall answer Jezreel.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And the earth will give its answer to the grain and the wine and the oil, and they will give an answer to Jezreel;

    Webster's Revision

    and the earth shall answer the grain, and the new wine, and the oil; and they shall answer Jezreel.

    World English Bible

    and the earth will respond to the grain, and the new wine, and the oil; and they will respond to Jezreel.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    and the earth shall answer the corn, and the wine, and the oil; and they shall answer Jezreel.

    Clarke's Commentary on Hosea 2:22

    Shall hear the corn, and the wine - When they seem to express a desire to supply the wants of man.

    And they shall hear Jezreel - The destitute people who are in want of the necessaries of life.

    This most elegant gradation in the exertion of the influences of nature, for the supply of the wants of man, may be considered thus: -

    1. There is a concord, harmony, and mutual influence, which God has established in the parts of created nature, in reference to the support and preservation of the human race.

    2. God alone is the author of all this; and unless he give his command, communicate his energetic influence to the different parts of nature, these effects will not, cannot be produced.

    3. Jezreel, the people who have been dispersed for their iniquities, and now about to be sown or planted in their own land, will require the most fostering care. See on Hosea 2:23 (note).

    4. They are heard in desiring oil, wine, and corn. These are necessary to the support and comfort of life; and to those the desire of animal life naturally aspires.

    5. These products are looked for from the Earth. On it, and by it, grass grows for the cattle, and corn for the service of man.

    6. The seeds or germs, whence proceed corn, wine, and oil, live and grow in the earth; but cannot come to perfection, unless the earth be impregnated with the dews and rains from the clouds. They are therefore represented as imploring the heavens to collect their clouds, to pour down their fructifying moisture upon it.

    7. The clouds, or materials of which they are composed, not being able to arrange themselves, nor aggregate themselves so as to meet those demands, prevent drought, and maintain an effective vegetation, are represented as calling upon the heavens to form, arrange, and supply them with the requisite quantity of moisture.

    8. God, who is the author of all being and all bounty, dependent on nothing, comes forward and says, I will hear the heavens, the clouds which are gathered in the atmosphere; he will arrange the particles, saturate those that are light, till they become sufficiently impregnated with the necessary fluid; and then direct them In his providence where to deposit their contents. And,

    9. When brought to the proper place, he will shake them with his winds, or strike them with his thunder, so as to cause them to fall down in drops to fertilize the earth with their showers.

    Thus then: -

    1. God works upon the heavens.

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