Hosea 10:6-10

Hosea 10:6 (KJB)

It shall be also carried unto Assyria for a present to king Jareb: Ephraim shall receive shame, and Israel shall be ashamed of his own counsel.


The calf-god they made would also be carried as a gift to the king of Assyria.  When one captures the deity of a people, that means, total capitulation of the captives and a total victory by the aggressors.  Israel shall receive much shame because the very king they went to for help will be the very king who would bring them into captivity.  The counsel they gave themselves was to walk away from the LORD and to adopt the ways of the heathen nations which surrounded them.  1 Kings 12:28 (KJV) Whereupon the king took counsel, and made two calves of gold, and said unto them, It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem: behold thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.  They will now cower in shame because of the counsel they obeyed.


Hosea 10:7 (KJB)

As for Samaria, her king is cut off as the foam upon the water.


Just as foam on the water which is light, empty, and worthless, so this is comparing the king of Samaria to the foam.  Just as the foam is driven by the water it sits on top of, the king and all Samaria were driven by their lust for the false gods and religion and ended them up an entire nation without any substance.


Hosea 10:8 (KJB)

The high places also of Aven, the sin of Israel, shall be destroyed: the thorn and the thistle shall come up on their altars; and they shall say to the mountains, Cover us; and to the hills, Fall on us.


The high places of Aven which means idolatry is not just referring to one specific place but refers to the entire nation of Samaria.  All the high places where they practiced their false religion will be destroyed and since they will no longer be there to care for their idols, the land will be covered with thorns and thistles which is a sign of neglect.  No more will there be anyone to tend to the idols and their high places.  Just like on the last day when the Lord Jesus Christ will return to earth to judge the nations, the people of Israel are saying the same thing because they want to be spared from the judgment which is coming upon them.  Revelation 6:16 (KJV) And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:


Hosea 10:9 (KJB)

O Israel, thou hast sinned from the days of Gibeah: there they stood: the battle in Gibeah against the children of iniquity did not overtake them.


The depravity of Israel is here compared to what the Benjamites did in Judges 19 when they abused, killed, and dismembered the Levite’s concubine.  Judges 19:29 (KJV) And when he was come into his house, he took a knife, and laid hold on his concubine, and divided her, together with her bones, into twelve pieces, and sent her into all the coasts of Israel.  There was a deadly battle which did not reach unto Gibeah at that time.  That is where the similarity ended.  The Assyrians will not stop short of the borders and will completely overtake Samaria and bring them to their knees.


Hosea 10:10 (KJB)

It is in my desire that I should chastise them; and the people shall be gathered against them, when they shall bind themselves in their two furrows.


Because of the idolatry and departing from the LORD, he is going to chastise them as he desires.  He will chastise them by removing them from the land since they broke their covenant.  The people that are gathered against them are the Assyrians.  The binding between the two furrows has to do with their eyes.  They will fully see the coming of the Assyrians and they will fully see the destruction that they will cause when they come to seize the people of Samaria.