Hosea 13:9
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New International Version
"You are destroyed, Israel, because you are against me, against your helper.

New Living Translation
"You are about to be destroyed, O Israel--yes, by me, your only helper.

English Standard Version
He destroys you, O Israel, for you are against me, against your helper.

New American Standard Bible
It is your destruction, O Israel, That you are against Me, against your help.

King James Bible
O Israel, thou hast destroyed thyself; but in me is thine help.

Christian Standard Bible
I will destroy you, Israel; you have no help but me.

Contemporary English Version
Israel, you are done for. Don't expect help from me.

Good News Translation
"I will destroy you, people of Israel! Then who can help you?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I will destroy you, Israel; you have no help but Me.

International Standard Version
"You have destroyed yourself, Israel, although I remain your help.

NET Bible
I will destroy you, O Israel! Who is there to help you?

New Heart English Bible
You are destroyed, Israel, because you are against me, against your help.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You are destroying yourself, Israel. You are against me, your helper.

JPS Tanakh 1917
It is thy destruction, O Israel, That thou art against Me, against thy help.

New American Standard 1977
It is your destruction, O Israel, That you are against Me, against your help.

Jubilee Bible 2000
O Israel, thou hast caused thyself to become lost, but in me is thine help.

King James 2000 Bible
O Israel, you have destroyed yourself; but in me is your help.

American King James Version
O Israel, you have destroyed yourself; but in me is your help.

American Standard Version
It is thy destruction, O Israel, that thou art against me, against thy help.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Destruction is thy own, 0 Israel: thy help is only in me.

Darby Bible Translation
It is thy destruction, O Israel, that [thou art] against me, against thy help.

English Revised Version
It is thy destruction, O Israel, that thou art against me, against thy help.

Webster's Bible Translation
O Israel, thou hast destroyed thyself; but in me is thy help.

World English Bible
You are destroyed, Israel, because you are against me, against your help.

Young's Literal Translation
And I consume them there as a lioness, A beast of the field doth rend them.
Study Bible
God's Mercy
8I will encounter them like a bear robbed of her cubs, And I will tear open their chests; There I will also devour them like a lioness, As a wild beast would tear them. 9It is your destruction, O Israel, That you are against Me, against your help. 10Where now is your king That he may save you in all your cities, And your judges of whom you requested, "Give me a king and princes "?…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 33:26
"There is none like the God of Jeshurun, Who rides the heavens to your help, And through the skies in His majesty.

Deuteronomy 33:29
"Blessed are you, O Israel; Who is like you, a people saved by the LORD, Who is the shield of your help And the sword of your majesty! So your enemies will cringe before you, And you will tread upon their high places."

Jeremiah 2:17
"Have you not done this to yourself By your forsaking the LORD your God When He led you in the way?

Jeremiah 2:19
"Your own wickedness will correct you, And your apostasies will reprove you; Know therefore and see that it is evil and bitter For you to forsake the LORD your God, And the dread of Me is not in you," declares the Lord GOD of hosts.

Malachi 1:12
"But you are profaning it, in that you say, 'The table of the Lord is defiled, and as for its fruit, its food is to be despised.'

Malachi 1:13
"You also say, 'My, how tiresome it is!' And you disdainfully sniff at it," says the LORD of hosts, "and you bring what was taken by robbery and what is lame or sick; so you bring the offering! Should I receive that from your hand?" says the LORD.
Treasury of Scripture

O Israel, you have destroyed yourself; but in me is your help.


Hosea 14:1 O Israel, return to the LORD your God; for you have fallen by your iniquity.

2 Kings 17:7-17 For so it was, that the children of Israel had sinned against the …

Proverbs 6:32 But whoever commits adultery with a woman lacks understanding: he …

Proverbs 8:36 But he that sins against me wrongs his own soul: all they that hate …

Isaiah 3:9,11 The show of their countenance does witness against them; and they …

Jeremiah 2:17,19 Have you not procured this to yourself, in that you have forsaken …

Jeremiah 4:18 Your way and your doings have procured these things to you; this …

Jeremiah 5:25 Your iniquities have turned away these things, and your sins have …

Malachi 1:9 And now, I pray you, beseech God that he will be gracious to us: …


Hosea 13:4 Yet I am the LORD your God from the land of Egypt, and you shall …

Deuteronomy 33:26 There is none like to the God of Jeshurun, who rides on the heaven …

Psalm 33:20 Our soul waits for the LORD: he is our help and our shield.

Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Psalm 121:1,2 I will lift up my eyes to the hills, from where comes my help…

Psalm 146:5 Happy is he that has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is …

Ephesians 1:3-5 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed …

Titus 3:3-7 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, …

is thine help. Heb. in thy help.

(9) In me . . . Help.--The close of this verse is rhetorically abrupt, which is altogether missed in the English version. Render, but against Me thy help. We must supply "Thou hast rebelled," the construction being the same as in Hosea 13:16. "Thy captivity, O Israel, is from thee; thy redemption is from Me; thy perishing is from thee: thy salvation is from Me" (Pusey).

Verse 9. - O Israel, thou hast destroyed thyself; but in me is thine help. The literal rendering of this verse is,

(1) It hath destroyed thee, O Israel, that thou hast been against me, against thy Help. The ellipsis is accounted for by the strong emotion of the speaker, ֵשחִת is

(a) the Piel third person, and has the suffix of the second person, from which the pronoun אתָּה may be supplied as subject of the concluding clause. The preposition be has here the meaning of "against," as in Genesis 16:12 and 2 Samuel 24:17, while בִי is in apposition to it. The Hebrew commentators take שי as a verbal form; thus Rashi: "Thou hast destroyed thyself, O Israel;" and Kimchi:

(2) "The calf has destroyed thee which he had mentioned above; he says, 'This has destroyed thee; for unless this had been so, thy help had been in me.'"

(b) The Septuagint and Jerome take שחחך as a noun, the former translating by τῆ διαφθορᾶ: "Who will aid thee in thy destructions" the latter by "Thy destruction, O Israel; but in me is thy help," the noun being of the form קֵטֵּר דִבֵּר. The explanation of Rashi, who understands

(c) the verb as second person preterit Piel with suffix, is: "'Because thou hast acted unfaithfully against me, thou hast rebelled against thy help.' The Scripture uses brevity, but he who understands the language of Scripture will recall to mind that כי בי is 'because against me is the rebellion with which thou hast rebelled. And if thou shouldst say, What does it concern thee? Against thy help hast thou rebelled when thou didst rebel against me.'" Kimchi remarks in the two beths servile that one of them would suffice, and that the sense might have been expressed by כי בי עזרך or כי אני בעזרך . All the disaster and destruction previously mentioned are charged on Israel's misconduct; they had brought all upon themselves by their rebellion against Jehovah who would otherwise have been their Shield and Deliverer. The sense is well expressed by Calvin thus: "How comes it, and what is the reason, that I do not now help thee according to my usual manner? Thou hast indeed found me hitherto to be thy Deliverer.... How comes it now that I have cast thee away, that thou criest in vain, and that no one brings thee any help? How comes it that thou art thus forsaken, and receivest no relief whatever from my hand, as thou hast been wont to do? And doubtless I should never be wanting to thee, if thou wouldest allow me; but thou closest the door against me, and by thy wickedness spurnest my favor, so that it cannot come to thee. It then follows, that thou art now destroyed through thine own fault:

(3) Something then hath destroyed thee." It will be observed that the rebellion against Jehovah here complained of is not that of all Israel, when they are said to have rejected Jehovah by asking a king of Samuel; but the defection of the ten tribes that cast off their allegiance to the house of David and made Jeroboam their king. O Israel, thou hast destroyed thyself,.... Though the Lord was a lion, a leopard, and a bear to them, yet their destruction was not owing to him, but to themselves; he was not chargeable with it, but they only; the fault and blame was theirs; their own sins brought it on them, and provoked him to such righteous wrath and vengeance before expressed: this is said to clear the Lord from any imputation of this kind, and to lay it where it should be It may be rendered, "it hath destroyed thee" (k); either the calf, as Kimchi, and the worshipping of that, their idolatry; or their king, as others, taking it from the following verse by way of anticipation; or rather it may refer to all their sins before observed, their idolatry, luxury, and ingratitude. Gussetius (l) thinks the word has the signification of "burning", as in Isaiah 3:24; and renders it, "burning in me hath destroyed thee, even in him who is thy help"; that is, by their sins they had made God their enemy, who is a consuming fire, and whose burning wrath destroyed them, in whom otherwise they would have had help. Now though this may primarily regard the destruction of the civil state and kingdom of Israel for their sins, yet it may be applied to the spiritual and eternal state of men. Man is a lost, ruined, and undone creature; he is depraved and corrupted in his whole nature, soul and body; the image of God in him is marred and spoiled; there is no holiness in him, nor any righteousness upon him; no will nor power to that which is good; though he has not lost the natural liberty of his will, he has lost the moral liberty of it, and is a slave to his lusts, and a vassal to Satan; he has no true knowledge of that which is good, no inclination to it, nor strength to perform it he is dead in sin, and dead in law; he is under the curse of it, and in the open way to everlasting ruin and destruction; and is in himself both helpless and lifeless; and he is a self-destroyed creature; his destruction is not owing to Satan only, though he was an instrument of the ruin of mankind; nor to the first parents of human nature only, in whom all men naturally and federally were, in whom they sinned, and with whom they fell; but to their own actual sins and transgressions. However, their destruction is not to be charged upon God, or ascribed to any decree of his, which is no cause of man's damnation, but sin only; nor to any sentence of condemnation passed by him, or the execution of it, which both belong to him as a righteous Judge; but to themselves and their sins, as is owned both by good men, who under true and saving convictions acknowledge their damnation would be just, if God should execute it on them; and by bad men, even the damned in hell; this will be the never dying worm, the remorse of a guilty conscience, that they have brought all this ruin on themselves;

but in me is thine help; not in themselves, not in any creature, but in the Lord alone; the Word of the Lord, as the Targum; the essential Word, the Son of God, our Lord Jesus Christ, on whom his divine Father has laid the help of his people; and who has helped them, and saved them from their sins, the cause of their destruction, and from wrath, which they deserved by reason of them; and has brought them out of a wretched state, a pit wherein is no water, into a comfortable, glorious, and happy one, and delivered them out of the hands of all their enemies; and helps them to what they want, to holiness, righteousness, and strength; to all supplies of grace here, and glory hereafter. Some render the particle as causal, "for in me", &c. (m) and so make it to be a reason either proving that God could not be the cause of their destruction, because in him was their help, and in him only; or that their destruction was owing to themselves; "for in" or "against me, against thine help"; thou hast transgressed and rebelled; so Jarchi.

(k) "perdidit te", Vatablus, Calvin, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Zanchius, De Dieu, Rivet; "corrupit te", Cocceius. (l) Comment, Ebr. p. 367. (m) "quia in me", Montanus, Calvin, Schmidt. 9. thou … in me—in contrast.

hast destroyed thyself—that is, thy destruction is of thyself (Pr 6:32; 8:36).

in me is thine help—literally, "in thine help" (compare De 33:26). Hadst thou rested thy hope in Me, I would have been always ready at hand for thy help [Grotius].13:9-16 Israel had destroyed himself by his rebellion; but he could not save himself, his help was from the Lord only. This may well be applied to the case of spiritual redemption, from that lost state into which all have fallen by wilful sins. God often gives in displeasure what we sinfully desire. It is the happiness of the saints, that, whether God gives or takes away, all is in love. But it is the misery of the wicked, that, whether God gives or takes away, it is all in wrath, nothing is comfortable. Except sinners repent and believe the gospel, anguish will soon come upon them. The prophecy of the ruin of Israel as a nation, also showed there would be a merciful and powerful interposition of God, to save a remnant of them. Yet this was but a shadow of the ransom of the true Israel, by the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. He will destroy death and the grave. The Lord would not repent of his purpose and promise. Yet, in the mean time, Israel would be desolated for her sins. Without fruitfulness in good works, springing from the Holy Spirit, all other fruitfulness will be found as empty as the uncertain riches of the world. The wrath of God will wither its branches, its sprigs shall be dried up, it shall come to nothing. Woes, more terrible than any from the most cruel warfare, shall fall on those who rebel against God. From such miseries, and from sin, the cause of them, may the Lord deliver us.
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