Ephraim should be naturally feared and respected but due to the sin of idolatry he is treated with the contempt due to a dead object. Ephraim will be devoured by foreign nations who will massacre women and children.
The Book of Hosea
[Hosea 13:1] WHEN EPHRAIM SPAKE TREMBLING, HE EXALTED HIMSELF IN
ISRAEL; BUT WHEN HE OFFENDED IN BAAL, HE DIED.
The understanding of Yehudah Kiel ("Daat Mikra") fits the Hebrew here better than the KJ translation:
"When Ephraim spake, others trembled. He was exalted in Israel. When he became guilty of baal worship he was considered as good as dead".
[Hosea 13:2] AND NOW THEY SIN MORE AND MORE, AND HAVE MADE THEM MOLTEN IMAGES
OF THEIR SILVER, AND IDOLS ACCORDING TO THEIR OWN UNDERSTANDING, ALL OF IT THE
WORK OF THE CRAFTSMEN: THEY SAY OF THEM, LET THE MEN THAT SACRIFICE KISS THE
ACCORDING TO THEIR OWN UNDERSTANDING. Hebrew, "Citvunam" from the root "binah" meaning understanding. This word "Citvunam"
could also be understood to say, "as they wrote", (from the root "CaTaV") i.e. they concocted a theology of their own and propagated it.
[Hosea 13:3] THEREFORE THEY SHALL BE AS THE MORNING CLOUD AND AS THE EARLY DEW
THAT PASSETH AWAY, AS THE CHAFF THAT IS DRIVEN WITH THE WHIRLWIND OUT OF THE
FLOOR, AND AS THE SMOKE OUT OF THE CHIMNEY.
"Smoke out of the chimney" is
reminiscent of the furnaces in the Holocaust.
[Hosea 13:4] YET I AM THE LORD THY GOD FROM THE LAND OF EGYPT, AND THOU SHALT
KNOW NO GOD BUT ME: FOR THERE IS NO SAVIOUR BESIDE ME.
[Hosea 13:5] I DID KNOW THEE IN THE WILDERNESS, IN THE LAND OF GREAT
[Hosea 13:6] ACCORDING TO THEIR PASTURE, SO WERE THEY FILLED; THEY WERE FILLED,
AND THEIR HEART WAS EXALTED; THEREFORE HAVE THEY FORGOTTEN
God brought them to pleasant pastures which lead to them being satiated with grazing, uplifting their hearts with pride, and forgetting the Almighty.
[Hosea 13:7] THEREFORE I WILL BE UNTO THEM AS A LION: AS A LEOPARD BY THE WAY
WILL I OBSERVE THEM:
"AS A LEOPARD BY THE WAY" in the
Hebrew is followed by the word "Ashur"
which has been translated as "will I observe them" from the root "ShuR" watch, observe".
The term "Ashur" (as Yehudah Kiel notes) can also mean "Assyria"i.e. the phrase could be read "AS A LEOPARD BY THE WAY
OF ASSYRIA". In the Hebrew Bible were we find two possible valid meanings to a word or expression it is not uncommon that both meanings were so intended.
A LEOPARD BY THE WAY OF ASSYRIA. An article by David James Skelly
(who has written articles for "Tribesman", the forerunner of our magainze, "Brit-Am TRUTH", and for Craig
"Origin of the Nations") likens the Germans in WWII to a leopard.
A leopard was a symbol of the SS.
[Hosea 13:8] I WILL MEET THEM AS A BEAR THAT IS BEREAVED OF HER WHELPS, AND WILL
REND THE CAUL OF THEIR HEART, AND THERE WILL I DEVOUR THEM LIKE A LION: THE WILD
BEAST SHALL TEAR THEM.
"Bear" could represent Russia.
LIKE A LION. The Hebrew word used here for "lion" is "Lavi". Other terms for lion include "aryeh", "shachal", "Cafir".
The lion is a symbol of both Britain and Judah and several other nations. Here it could represent China or another Asian nation.
[Hosea 13:9] O ISRAEL, THOU HAST DESTROYED THYSELF; BUT IN ME IS THINE
Israel is responsible for its own downfall
but by turning to the Almighty they may be helped. God is the only source of help for Israel.
[Hosea 13:10] I WILL BE THY KING: WHERE IS ANY OTHER THAT MAY SAVE THEE IN ALL
THY CITIES? AND THY JUDGES OF WHOM THOU SAIDST, GIVE ME A KING AND
[Hosea 13:11] I GAVE THEE A KING IN MINE ANGER, AND TOOK HIM AWAY IN MY
[Hosea 13:12] THE INIQUITY OF EPHRAIM IS BOUND UP; HIS SIN IS
[Hosea 13:13] THE SORROWS OF A TRAVAILING WOMAN SHALL COME UPON HIM: HE IS AN
UNWISE SON; FOR HE SHOULD NOT STAY LONG IN THE PLACE OF THE BREAKING FORTH OF
[Hosea 13:14] I WILL RANSOM THEM FROM THE POWER OF THE GRAVE; I WILL REDEEM
THEM FROM DEATH: O DEATH, I WILL BE THY PLAGUES; O GRAVE, I WILL BE THY
DESTRUCTION: REPENTANCE SHALL BE HID FROM MINE EYES.
[Hosea 13:15] THOUGH HE BE FRUITFUL AMONG HIS BRETHREN, AN EAST WIND SHALL
COME, THE WIND OF THE LORD SHALL COME UP FROM THE WILDERNESS, AND HIS SPRING
SHALL BECOME DRY, AND HIS FOUNTAIN SHALL BE DRIED UP: HE SHALL SPOIL THE
TREASURE OF ALL PLEASANT VESSELS.
[Hosea 13:16] SAMARIA SHALL BECOME DESOLATE; FOR SHE HATH REBELLED AGAINST HER
GOD: THEY SHALL FALL BY THE SWORD: THEIR INFANTS SHALL BE DASHED IN PIECES, AND
THEIR WOMEN WITH CHILD SHALL BE RIPPED UP.
"Samaria" represents Joseph in general. Brit-Am tends to identify the term "Samaria" particulary to the USA as explained in our book, "Joseph. The Israelite Destiny of America".