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Hosea 12:13

Adam Clarke
Bible Commentary

By a prophet (Moses) the Lord brought Israel out of Egypt, and by a prophet (Joshua) was he preserved - Joshua succeeded Moses, and brought the Israelites into the promised land; and when they passed the Jordan at Gilgal, he received the covenant of circumcision; and yet this same place was now made by them the seat of idolatry! How blind and how ungrateful!

Albert Barnes
Notes on the Whole Bible

By a prophet was he preserved - Or “kept.” Jacob “kept sheep” out of love of God, sooner than unite himself with one, alien from God; his posterity “was kept” like a sheep by God, as the Psalmist said, “He led His people like sheep by the hand of Moses and Aaron” Psalm 77:20. They were “kept” from all evil and want and danger, by the direct power of God; “kept” from all the might of Pharaoh in Egypt and the Red Sea, “not through any power of their own, but by the ministry of a single prophet; “kept, in that great and terrible wilderness” Deuteronomy 8:15, wherein were “fiery serpents and scorpions and drought, where” was “no water,” but what God brought out of the rock of flint; no bread, but what he sent them from heaven.” All this, God did for them “by “a single “prophet; they” had many prophets, early and late, calling upon them in the name of God, but they would not hearken unto them.”

Matthew Henry
Concise Bible Commentary
Ephraim became a merchant: the word also signifies a Canaanite. They carried on trade upon Canaanitish principles, covetously and with fraud and deceit. Thus they became rich, and falsely supposed that Providence favoured them. But shameful sins shall have shameful punishments. Let them remember, not only what a mighty prince Jacob was with God, but what a servant he was to Laban. The benefits we have had from the word of God, make our sin and folly the worse, if we put any slight upon that word. We had better follow the hardest labour in poverty, than grow rich by sin. We may form a judgment of our own conduct, by comparing it with that of ancient believers in the like circumstances. Whoever despises the message of God, will perish. May we all hear his word with humble, obedient faith.