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Hosea 5:12

    Hosea 5:12 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Therefore will I be unto Ephraim as a moth, and to the house of Judah as rottenness.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Therefore will I be to Ephraim as a moth, and to the house of Judah as rottenness.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Therefore am I unto Ephraim as a moth, and to the house of Judah as rottenness.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And so to Ephraim I am like a wasting insect, and a destruction to the children of Judah.

    Webster's Revision

    Therefore am I unto Ephraim as a moth, and to the house of Judah as rottenness.

    World English Bible

    Therefore I am to Ephraim like a moth, and to the house of Judah like rottenness.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Therefore am I unto Ephraim as a moth, and to the house of Judah as rottenness.

    Clarke's Commentary on Hosea 5:12

    Unto Ephraim as a moth - I will consume them by little and little, as a moth frets a garment.

    Barnes' Notes on Hosea 5:12

    Therefore I will be unto Ephraim a moth - Literally, "and I as a moth." This form of speaking expresses what God was doing, while Ephraim was "willingly following" sin. "And I" was all the while "as a moth." The moth in a garment, and the decay in wood, corrode and prey upon the substance, in which they lie hid, slowly, imperceptibly, but, at the last, effectually. Such were God's first judgments on Israel and Judah; such are they now commonly upon sinners. He tried, and now too tries at first, gentle measures and mild chastisements, uneasy indeed and troublesome and painful; yet slow in their working; each stage of loss and decay, a little beyond that which preceded it; but leaving long respite and time for repentance, before they finally wear out and destroy the impenitent. The two images, which He uses, may describe different kinds of decay, both slow, yet the one slower than the other, as Judah was, in fact, destroyed more slowly than Ephraim. For the "rottenness," or caries in wood, preys more slowly upon wood, which is hard, than the moth on the wool.

    So God visits the soul with different distresses, bodily or spiritual. He impairs, little by little, health of body, or fineness of understanding; or He withdraws grace or spiritual strength; or allows lukewarmness and distaste for the things of God to creep over the soul. These are the gnawing of the moth, overlooked by the sinner, if he persevere in carelessness as to his conscience, yet in the end, bringing entire decay of health, of understanding, of heart, of mind, unless God interfere by the mightier mercy of some heavy chastisement, to awaken him. : "A moth does mischief, and makes no sound. So the minds of the wicked, in that they neglect to take account of their losses, lose their soundness, as it were, without knowing it. For they lose innocency from the heart, truth from the lips, continency from the flesh, and, as time holds on, life from their age." To Israel and Judah the moth and rottenness denoted the slow decay, by which they were gradually weakened, until they were carried away captive.