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They do not cry out to me with their heart
when they wail on their beds.
They slash themselves for grain and new wine.
They turn away from me. Bible

“slash themselves for grain.” The Israelites had forsaken Yahweh and turned to pagan practices to increase the fertility of the land. It was a Canaanite practice, mainly done by the pagan priests of Baal, to cut themselves so that the blood fell on the ground to elicit fertility for the crops. [For more on people slashing and cutting themselves, see commentary on 1 Kings 18:28].


Commentary for: Hosea 7:14