New Living Translation
I will break its military power in the Jezreel Valley."
King James Bible
And it shall come to pass at that day, that I will break the bow of Israel in the valley of Jezreel.
Darby Bible Translation
And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will break the bow of Israel in the valley of Jizreel.
World English Bible
It will happen in that day that I will break the bow of Israel in the valley of Jezreel."
Young's Literal Translation
and it hath come to pass in that day that I have broken the bow of Israel, in the valley of Jezreel.'
Hosea 1:5 Parallel
CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
1:5 At that day - When my vengeance hath overtaken the house of Jehu. Break - Weaken and by degrees quite break. The bow - All their warlike provision, power and skill. Jezreel - In this valley it is probable the bloodiest battles in the civil wars were fought; the reason whereof might be, because whoever carried the victory in this place, were soon masters of Samaria and Jezreel, and consequently of the kingdom.
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
The descendants of Joseph responded, "It's true that the hill country is not large enough for us. But all the Canaanites in the lowlands have iron chariots, both those in Beth-shan and its surrounding settlements and those in the valley of Jezreel. They are too strong for us."
Soon afterward the armies of Midian, Amalek, and the people of the east formed an alliance against Israel and crossed the Jordan, camping in the valley of Jezreel.
This is what the LORD of Heaven's Armies says: "I will destroy the archers of Elam--the best of their forces.
I will knock the bow from your left hand and the arrows from your right hand, and I will leave you helpless.
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