Hosea 2:6
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New International Version
Therefore I will block her path with thornbushes; I will wall her in so that she cannot find her way.

New Living Translation
"For this reason I will fence her in with thornbushes. I will block her path with a wall to make her lose her way.

English Standard Version
Therefore I will hedge up her way with thorns, and I will build a wall against her, so that she cannot find her paths.

New American Standard Bible
"Therefore, behold, I will hedge up her way with thorns, And I will build a wall against her so that she cannot find her paths.

King James Bible
Therefore, behold, I will hedge up thy way with thorns, and make a wall, that she shall not find her paths.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Therefore, this is what I will do: I will block her way with thorns; I will enclose her with a wall, so that she cannot find her paths.

International Standard Version
"Look how I'm blocking her path with thorns and building a wall to hinder her, so she can't find her way.

NET Bible
Therefore, I will soon fence her in with thorns; I will wall her in so that she cannot find her way.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"That is why I will block her way with thornbushes and build a wall so that she can't get through.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Therefore, behold, I will hedge up thy way with thorns and make a wall that she shall not find her paths.

King James 2000 Bible
Therefore, behold, I will hedge up your way with thorns, and make a wall, so that she shall not find her paths.

American King James Version
Therefore, behold, I will hedge up your way with thorns, and make a wall, that she shall not find her paths.

American Standard Version
Therefore, behold, I will hedge up thy way with thorns, and I will build a wall against her, that she shall not find her paths.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Wherefore behold I will hedge up thy way with thorns, and I will stop it up with a wall, and she shall not find her paths.

Darby Bible Translation
Therefore behold, I will hedge up thy way with thorns; and I will fence [her] in with a wall, that she shall not find her paths.

English Revised Version
Therefore, behold, I will hedge up thy way with thorns, and I will make a fence against her, that she shall not find her paths.

Webster's Bible Translation
Therefore, behold, I will hedge up thy way with thorns, and make a wall, that she shall not find her paths.

World English Bible
Therefore, behold, I will hedge up your way with thorns, and I will build a wall against her, that she can't find her way.

Young's Literal Translation
Therefore, lo, I am hedging up thy way with thorns, And I have made for her a wall, And her paths she doth not find.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

2:6-13 God threatens what he would do with this treacherous, idolatrous people. They did not turn, therefore all this came upon them; and it is written for admonition to us. If lesser difficulties be got over, God will raise greater. The most resolute in sinful pursuits, are commonly most crossed in them. The way of God and duty is often hedged about with thorns, but we have reason to think it is a sinful way that is hedged up with thorns. Crosses and obstacles in an evil course are great blessings, and are to be so accounted; they are God's hedges, to keep us from transgressing, to make the way of sin difficult, and to keep us from it. We have reason to bless God for restraining grace, and for restraining providences; and even for sore pain, sickness, or calamity, if it keeps us from sin. The disappointments we meet with in seeking for satisfaction from the creature, should, if nothing else will do it, drive us to the Creator. When men forget, or consider not that their comforts come from God, he will often in mercy take them away, to bring them to think upon their folly and danger. Sin and mirth can never hold long together; but if men will not take away sin from their mirth, God will take away mirth from their sin. And if men destroy God's word and ordinances, it is just with him to destroy their vines and fig-trees. This shall be the ruin of their mirth. Taking away the solemn seasons and the sabbaths will not do it, they will readily part with them, and think it no loss; but He will take away their sensual pleasures. Days of sinful mirth must be visited with days of mourning.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 6. - Therefore, behold, I will hedge up thy way with thorns, and make a wall, that she shall not find her paths. The sudden change of person from the third to the second is very observable. This directness of address is, in this instance, expressive of deep indignation. She had avowed her determination to pursue her evil courses shamefully and sinfully, as if in despite and defiance of the Almighty. In deep and undisguised displeasure, and with a suddenness springing from indignation, he affirms his determination to thwart her course of sin and shame; as though addressing her personally and promptly, he said, "Then thou shalt not be able to carry out thy plan or accomplish thy purpose; I will see to that." The hedge and wall are elsewhere, as in Job 1:10 and Isaiah 5:5, used for protection and defense, here for prevention and obstruction, and similarly in Job 19:8, "He hath fenced up my way that I cannot pass, and he hath set darkness in my paths;" and in Lamentations 3:7, "He hath hedged me about, that I cannot get out," and ver. 9, "He hath enclosed my ways with hewn stone, he hath made my paths crooked." Thus Kimchi: "I will hedge thy way with thorns, so that they cannot go out of the city because of the devastation; and her lovers shall not be able to help her, and they are Assyria and Egypt." After quoting his father's explanation of lovers, he pro-coeds: "So their way is as if there were in it a thorn hedge, and thorns that she could not pass through it, and could not find her paths in which she walked." The fence here is double one a hedge of thorns, sharp, prickly, and piercing, such as forbid her forcing a way through: the other a wall of stone that cannot be climbed, or leaped, or otherwise got over. We need not try to specify the particular circumstances that thus hedged in and walled about the adulteress - whether fightings within or foes beleaguering without, whether straitened means or stress of circumstances raising an impassable barrier against the practice of idolatry, or an enforced conviction of its futility. "If," says Kimchi, "she seek to Assyria and Egypt, they will not give her their friendship and their help."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Therefore, behold, I will hedge up thy way with thorns,.... As fields and vineyards are fenced with thorn hedges to keep out beasts; or rather as closes and fields are fenced to keep cattle in, from going out and straying elsewhere; which may be expressive of afflictions, aud particularly wars among them, that they could not stir out and go from place to place: and make a wall, that she shall not find her paths: to go to Dan and Bethel, and worship the calves there, as some; or to go to the Egyptians and Assyrians for help, as Jarchi and Kimchi; though it was by the latter that they were hedged in, and walled and cooped up, when the city of Samaria was besieged three years: rather this respects the straits and difficulties the Jews have been reduced to by the destruction of Jerusalem, and the continuance of them ever since; so that they are not able to offer their daily sacrifice, kill and eat their passover lamb, and perform other rites and ceremonies they used in their own land; which they would fain perform, though abolished by Christ, but are restrained by this hedge and wall, the destruction of their temple and altar, and not being suffered to possess their land; hence they are said to be without a sacrifice and an ephod. Hosea 3:4.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

6, 7. thorns … wall—(Job 19:8; La 3:7, 9). The hindrances which the captivity interposed between Israel and her idols. As she attributes all her temporal blessings to idols, I will reduce her to straits in which, when she in vain has sought help from false gods, she will at last seek Me as her only God and Husband, as at the first (Isa 54:5; Jer 3:14; Eze 16:8).

then—before Israel's apostasy, under Jeroboam. The way of duty is hedged about with thorns; it is the way of sin that is hedged up with thorns. Crosses in an evil course are God's hedges to turn us from it. Restraining grace and restraining providences (even sicknesses and trials) are great blessings when they stop us in a course of sin. Compare Lu 15:14-18, "I will arise, and go to my father." So here, "I will go, and return," &c.; crosses in the both cases being sanctified to produce this effect.

Hosea 2:6 Additional Commentaries
Context
Israel's Unfaithfulness Punished
5"For their mother has played the harlot; She who conceived them has acted shamefully. For she said, 'I will go after my lovers, Who give me my bread and my water, My wool and my flax, my oil and my drink.' 6"Therefore, behold, I will hedge up her way with thorns, And I will build a wall against her so that she cannot find her paths. 7"She will pursue her lovers, but she will not overtake them; And she will seek them, but will not find them. Then she will say, 'I will go back to my first husband, For it was better for me then than now!'…
Cross References
2 Corinthians 12:7
or because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me.

Job 19:8
He has blocked my way so I cannot pass; he has shrouded my paths in darkness.

Jeremiah 18:15
Yet my people have forgotten me; they burn incense to worthless idols, which made them stumble in their ways, in the ancient paths. They made them walk in byways, on roads not built up.

Lamentations 3:7
He has walled me in so I cannot escape; he has weighed me down with chains.

Lamentations 3:9
He has barred my way with blocks of stone; he has made my paths crooked.

Hosea 9:6
Even if they escape from destruction, Egypt will gather them, and Memphis will bury them. Their treasures of silver will be taken over by briers, and thorns will overrun their tents.

Hosea 10:8
The high places of wickedness will be destroyed-- it is the sin of Israel. Thorns and thistles will grow up and cover their altars. Then they will say to the mountains, "Cover us!" and to the hills, "Fall on us!"
Treasury of Scripture

Therefore, behold, I will hedge up your way with thorns, and make a wall, that she shall not find her paths.

I will.

Job 3:23 Why is light given to a man whose way is hid, and whom God has hedged in?

Job 19:8 He has fenced up my way that I cannot pass, and he has set darkness in my paths.

Lamentations 3:7-9 He has hedged me about, that I cannot get out: he has made my chain heavy…

Luke 15:14-16 And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; …

Luke 19:43 For the days shall come on you, that your enemies shall cast a trench …

make a wall. Heb. wall a wall.

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