The Meaning of Hosea 6:10 Explained

Hosea 6:10

KJV: I have seen an horrible thing in the house of Israel: there is the whoredom of Ephraim, Israel is defiled.

YLT: In the house of Israel I have seen a horrible thing, There is the whoredom of Ephraim -- defiled is Israel.

Darby: In the house of Israel have I seen a horrible thing: the whoredom of Ephraim is there; Israel is defiled.

ASV: In the house of Israel I have seen a horrible thing: there whoredom is found in Ephraim, Israel is defiled.

What does Hosea 6:10 Mean?

Verse Meaning

The Lord had observed a horrible thing. The Israelites as a whole had practiced harlotry by going after pagan gods and had thus made themselves unclean. Religious apostasy involved sexual immorality, so both forms of harlotry are doubtless in view.

Context Summary

Hosea 6:1-11 - "let Us Return Unto The Lord"
How full Scripture is of tender invitations: Come, and let us return! This opening verse is closely connected with Hosea 5:15. The hand that smote was the Father's who waited to welcome the prodigal nation with healing and up-binding. When the sun seems to dip below the horizon, we begin to travel toward its rising again. Then we follow on, to behold the glorious dawn of the next day, which is prepared for us. Presently we catch the first glimpse, and soon come into its full splendor. The sun does not move toward us, but we toward it. So when the soul turns toward God, if only it is willing to do His will, it has begun to follow on toward the light of His countenance, which presently will be revealed in its full radiance. God's favor is also compared to the fertilizing rain, for its certainty and refreshment, Genesis 8:22.
While God's love is constant, our religious life is fickle and changeful. Emotion is evanescent as the morning clouds, which in Palestine vanish by nine or ten o'clock. Our Lord quoted Hosea 5:6 in Matthew 9:13; Matthew 12:7. The pomp of outward ritual, however ornate, counts less with God than one contrite sigh or tear. [source]

Chapter Summary: Hosea 6

1  Exhortations to repent and hope in God
4  A lamentation over those who had sinned after conviction
5  Reproofs of obstinate sinners, and threats against them

What do the individual words in Hosea 6:10 mean?

In the house of Israel I have seen - a horrible thing there [is] the harlotry of Ephraim is defiled Israel
בְּבֵית֙ יִשְׂרָאֵ֔ל רָאִ֖יתִי [שעריריה] (שַׁעֲרֽוּרִיָּ֑ה) שָׁ֚ם זְנ֣וּת לְאֶפְרַ֔יִם נִטְמָ֖א יִשְׂרָאֵֽל

בְּבֵית֙  In  the  house 
Parse: Preposition-b, Noun, masculine singular construct
Root: בַּיִת 
Sense: house.
יִשְׂרָאֵ֔ל  of  Israel 
Parse: Proper Noun, masculine singular
Root: יִשְׂרָאֵל  
Sense: the second name for Jacob given to him by God after his wrestling with the angel at Peniel.
רָאִ֖יתִי  I  have  seen 
Parse: Verb, Qal, Perfect, first person common singular
Root: רָאָה 
Sense: to see, look at, inspect, perceive, consider.
[שעריריה]  - 
Parse: Adjective, feminine singular
(שַׁעֲרֽוּרִיָּ֑ה)  a  horrible  thing 
Parse: Adjective, feminine singular
Root: שַׁעֲרוּר  
Sense: horrible thing.
שָׁ֚ם  there  [is] 
Parse: Adverb
Root: שָׁם  
Sense: there, thither.
זְנ֣וּת  the  harlotry 
Parse: Noun, feminine singular
Root: זְנוּת  
Sense: fornication, harlotry.
לְאֶפְרַ֔יִם  of  Ephraim 
Parse: Preposition-l, Proper Noun, masculine singular
Root: אֶפְרַיִם  
Sense: second son of Joseph, blessed by him and given preference over first son, Manasseh.
נִטְמָ֖א  is  defiled 
Parse: Verb, Nifal, Perfect, third person masculine singular
Root: טָמֵא 
Sense: to be unclean, become unclean, become impure.
יִשְׂרָאֵֽל  Israel 
Parse: Proper Noun, masculine singular
Root: יִשְׂרָאֵל  
Sense: the second name for Jacob given to him by God after his wrestling with the angel at Peniel.