Hosea 5:12
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New International Version
I am like a moth to Ephraim, like rot to the people of Judah.

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

Darby Bible Translation
And I will be 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.

Young's Literal Translation
And I am as a moth to Ephraim, And as a rotten thing to the house of Judah.

Hosea 5:12 Parallel
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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

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

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as a.

Job 13:28 And he, as a rotten thing, consumes, as a garment that is moth eaten.

Isaiah 50:9 Behold, the Lord GOD will help me; who is he that shall condemn me? see, they all shall wax old as a garment...

Isaiah 51:8 For the moth shall eat them up like a garment, and the worm shall eat them like wool: but my righteousness shall be for ever...

as.

Proverbs 12:4 A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that makes ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.

rottenness. or, a worm.

Jonah 4:7 But God prepared a worm when the morning rose the next day, and it smote the gourd that it withered.

Mark 9:44-48 Where their worm dies not, and the fire is not quenched...

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'Physicians of no Value'
'When Ephralm saw his sickness, and Judah saw his wound, then went Ephraim to Assyria, and sent to king Jareb: but he is not able to heal you, neither shall he cure you of your wound.'--HOSEA v. 13 (R.V.). The long tragedy which ended in the destruction of the Northern Kingdom by Assyrian invasion was already beginning to develop in Hosea's time. The mistaken politics of the kings of Israel led them to seek an ally where they should have dreaded an enemy. As Hosea puts it in figurative fashion, Ephraim's
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The Assyrian Captivity
The closing years of the ill-fated kingdom of Israel were marked with violence and bloodshed such as had never been witnessed even in the worst periods of strife and unrest under the house of Ahab. For two centuries and more the rulers of the ten tribes had been sowing the wind; now they were reaping the whirlwind. King after king was assassinated to make way for others ambitious to rule. "They have set up kings," the Lord declared of these godless usurpers, "but not by Me: they have made princes,
Ellen Gould White—The Story of Prophets and Kings

Hosea
The book of Hosea divides naturally into two parts: i.-iii. and iv.-xiv., the former relatively clear and connected, the latter unusually disjointed and obscure. The difference is so unmistakable that i.-iii. have usually been assigned to the period before the death of Jeroboam II, and iv.-xiv. to the anarchic period which succeeded. Certainly Hosea's prophetic career began before the end of Jeroboam's reign, as he predicts the fall of the reigning dynasty, i. 4, which practically ended with Jeroboam's
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

Cross References
Psalm 39:11
When you rebuke and discipline anyone for their sin, you consume their wealth like a moth-- surely everyone is but a breath.

Isaiah 5:24
Therefore, as tongues of fire lick up straw and as dry grass sinks down in the flames, so their roots will decay and their flowers blow away like dust; for they have rejected the law of the LORD Almighty and spurned the word of the Holy One of Israel.

Isaiah 51:8
For the moth will eat them up like a garment; the worm will devour them like wool. But my righteousness will last forever, my salvation through all generations."

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