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The time of Israel’s punishment has come; the day of recompense is almost here, and soon Israel will know it all too well. “The prophets are crazy”; “The inspired men are mad.” Yes, so they mock, for the nation is weighted with sin and shows only hatred for those who love God.

“I appointed the prophets to guard my people, but the people have blocked them at every turn and publicly declared their hatred, even in the Temple of the Lord. The things my people do are as depraved as what they did in Gibeah[a] long ago. The Lord does not forget. He will surely punish them.

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Footnotes

  1. Hosea 9:9 what they did in Gibeah, see Judges 19:14ff.

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