2 Israel cries out to me, 'Our God, we acknowledge you!' 3 But Israel has rejected what is good; an enemy will pursue him.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Hosea 8:2-3

Commentary on Hosea 8:1-4

(Read Hosea 8:1-4)

When Israel was hard pressed, they would claim protection from God, but this would be disregarded. What stead will it stand in to say, My God, I know thee, if we cannot say, My God, I love thee, serve thee, and cleave to thee only?