Hosea 4:6a - Destroyed for Lack of Knowledge.

Hos.4:6a; Destroyed for Lack of Knowledge.

CONTENT; What's in the verse; Translations; Paraphrase; Word 

Hosea 4:6 (KJV)  My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: 
because thou hast rejected knowledge,  

Hosea 4:6 (NLT)  My people are being destroyed because they 
don't know me.  

CONTEXT; What's around the verse; Overview; Topic:

After preliminary charges (4:1-4), Hosea detailed the sins of 
priests (vv. 5-11) and people (vv. 12-19). He warned individuals (5:1-7) 
and the nation (vv. 8-15), but there was only superficial repentance 
(6:1-3). Thus God's indictment of His people goes on (vv. 4-11). [The 
365-Day Devotional Commentary] 


The LORD'S Legal Case Against Israel  (4:1-19)
The charge against Israel  (4:1-19)
No One Is Faithful  (4:1-10)

CROSS REFERENCES; What's in verses elsewhere.

Proverbs 1:30-31 (KJV)  They would none of my counsel: they 
despised all my reproof. [31] Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of 
their own way, and be filled with their own devices.  

Proverbs 19:2 (KJV)  Also, that the soul be without knowledge, 
it is not good; and he that hasteth with his feet sinneth.  

Isaiah 5:13 (KJV)  Therefore my people are gone into captivity, 
because they have no knowledge: and their honourable men are famished, 
and their multitude dried up with thirst.  

Jeremiah 4:22 (KJV)  For my people is foolish, they have not 
known me; they are sottish children, and they have none understanding: 
they are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge.  

Jeremiah 5:3 (KJV)  O Lord, are not thine eyes upon the truth? 
thou hast stricken them, but they have not grieved; thou hast 
consumed them, but they have refused to receive correction: they have 
made their faces harder than a rock; they have refused to return.  

Jeremiah 5:21 (KJV)  Hear now this, O foolish people, and 
without understanding; which have eyes, and see not; which have ears, 
and hear not:  

Hosea 4:1 (KJV)  Hear the word of the Lord, ye children of 
Israel: for the Lord hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the 
land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in 
the land.  

Hosea 4:12 (KJV)  My people ask counsel at their stocks, and 
their staff declareth unto them: for the spirit of whoredoms hath 
caused them to err, and they have gone a whoring from under their God. 

Hosea 6:6 (KJV)  For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the 
knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.  

Hosea 13:6 (KJV)  According to their pasture, so were they 
filled; they were filled, and their heart was exalted; therefore have 
they forgotten me.  

Matthew 21:44 (KJV)  And whosoever shall fall on this stone 
shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to 

COMMENTARY / APPLICATION: Moving From The Head To The Heart
What is God teaching here? What does it teach about Jesus?

This is one of the best known and most frequently quoted 
passages in Hosea. [Scofield SB] 

The particular knowledge that is missing is the knowledge of 
God, the most essential of all knowledge. .... Though God may overlook 
certain forms of ignorance (see Acts 17:30), He cannot deliberate 
ignorance of spiritual things (see on Ex. 4:21). ..... Men are held 
responsible not only for what they know (John 9:41; 15:22, 24; James 4:17), 
but also for what they might have known had they put forth the 
effort to obtain essential knowledge (cf. 2 Peter 3:5). There are many 
who fear that a further investigation of truth will reveal that a 
change in conduct may be required of them, a change that their 
sin-loving hearts are unwilling to undertake, and so they deliberately 
desist from further inquiry. Such willful ignorance God cannot excuse. 
[SDA Commentary] 

"Knowledge" is not just a bookish collection of information. It 
is experiential knowledge of the living God. Knowledge of His 
written Word cannot be separated from personal knowledge of God. To know 
God is to live in harmony with His will, and to live in harmony with 
His will we must know His will. [Disciple SB] 

This text says that people are destroyed for lack of knowledge 
and the text goes on to say that it was not that they didn't have 
access to the knowledge but it was because they rejected it.  [SS 
teacher at Sacramento Central] 

Rejecting knowledge will destroy us.  If we know what is right 
but refuse to do it we are on a self-destructive course. [The Bible 

Those that rebel against the light can expect no other than to 
perish in the dark. (Matthew Henry's Commentary) 

In every age, transgression of God's law has been followed by 
the same result. In the days of Noah, when every principle of 
rightdoing was violated, and iniquity became so deep and widespread that 
God could no longer bear with it, the decree went forth, "I will 
destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth." Genesis 
6:7. In Abraham's day the people of Sodom openly defied God and His 
law; and there followed the same wickedness, the same corruption, the 
same unbridled indulgence, that had marked the antediluvian world. 
The inhabitants of Sodom passed the limits of divine forbearance, 
and there was kindled against them the fire of God's vengeance.  

So Isaiah mourns in the same words, "therefore my people are 
gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge" . 
They are destroyed for lack of it, for the true knowledge of God is 
the life of the soul, true life, eternal life, as our Saviour saith, 
"This is life eternal, that they should know Thee, the only true God, 
and Jesus Christ whom Thou has sent." (Barnes' Notes) 

Light, precious light, shines upon God's people; but it will not 
save them unless they consent to be saved by it, fully live up to it, 
and transmit it to others in darkness. God calls upon His people to 
act. It is an individual work of confessing and forsaking sins and 
returning unto the Lord that is needed.... Many have for years made no 
advancement in knowledge and true holiness. They are spiritual dwarfs. 
Instead of going forward to perfection, they are going back to the 
darkness and bondage of Egypt. Their minds are not exercised unto 
godliness and true holiness.  2T123,4 

God will judge all according to the light which has been 
presented to them, whether it is plain to them or not. It is their duty to 
investigate as did the Bereans. 3SG393,4 

The doctor carefully examines his patient but can find no 
explanation for the young boy's unusual and persistent abdominal pains. 
Suddenly the child blurts out, "I know what the problem is - green 
apples!" "But how can you know for sure?" the doctor inquires. The boy 
replies, "I have inside information." 
Truth is transforming - but only when it is internalized. God's 
Word brings conviction - but only when you expose your life to its 
convicting truths. God's Word is likened to milk (1 Peter 2:2), meat 
(Hebrews 5:12, 14), and honey (Psalm 19:10) - but it is only nourishing 
when you feed upon it. An untouched pantry full of food is as useless 
physically as an unopened Bible is spiritually. 
Israel's spiritual bankruptcy could be traced to her vast 
treasure of untouched truth. It wasn't that the people didn't know about 
God. In fact, their very existence as a nation was based on that 
knowledge. Rather, they had failed to live by that knowledge - to embrace 
its implications in their individual and national lives. 
How about you? Do you have "inside information" based on a 
living relationship with Jesus Christ? If you have never done so 
before, invite your loving Savior to come into your life. You'll 
discover that to know him is to love him! [Daily Walk Bible] 

To be a Christian is, in a sense, to be a man without a country. 
If you truly are obedient to Christ - if you take the Scriptures to 
heart and attempt to live them - you will inevitably come into 
conflict with the world. You belong to no one but Christ, while those in 
the world give themselves to people, possessions, institutions, and 
idols other than to Christ. To be a Christian is to stand apart and 
yet to remain within - to dare to be different. You look at 
everything through the prism of Scripture, and things look different when 
viewed biblically. 
Success in the world means power, influence, money, prestige. 
But in the Christian world, it means pleasing God. This quest for 
obedience may lead you to do things that are wholly contrary to what the 
world wants and rewards.... 
Obeying his commandments means reading and understanding 
Scripture, then determining that you are going to live exactly as Scripture 
teaches. I don't believe anybody can do that, because it is almost 
impossible not to be caught up every day in the ways of the world. But you 
can make an effort to live biblically. That is how the process of 
sanctification works - learning how to obey God, how to listen for his commands 
in your life. It is reading the Scripture and allowing it to soak 
into you. It is understanding the requirements of God's commandments 
and then gradually, day by day, in large ways and small, allowing 
that understanding to control the actions of your life.... 
If I had to pick the one thing ... that has caused the most 
failure in obeying God, it would be that we figure God's time is our 
Bible study, our prayer time, the meeting with our prayer group, and 
Sunday morning church service. That's just not true. God's time is 
every moment of our lives. Bible study and church simply prepare us 
for the rest of the moments of our lives.... We don't put him on and 
take him off like a suit of clothes.... If we would "wear" him all 
day long, we would discover obedience becoming a reflex reaction. 
(From "The Quest for Obedience" by Charles Colson in Practical 
Christianity) [Inspirational SB] 


Our salvation is based upon "WORKS,"
upon "HIS" works
the one who was tempted in every way
the one without sin
the one our faith is in
without Jesus works
there would be no remission of sin
then you and I would still be in our sin
and if He is in us
we carry on his works
that is the fruit of our faith in HIM. William W Taylor 

If we are in Christ 'works' will surface just like all the 
fruits of the Spirit (peace, joy, love).. But many false teachers will 
try to make many believe that they are saved by works, leading them 
into condemnation - thinking that they can 'earn' their way into 
salvation. But we know that to know Christ is salvation. A work inside of 
us by the Holy Spirit and the renewing of our minds through the 
Word of God only. "Smith, James S" JSS4@pge.com