Keil and Delitzsch Commentary - Hosea 8:3 - 8:3

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But this knowledge of God, regarded simply as a historical acquaintance with Him, cannot possibly bring salvation. Hos 8:3. “Israel dislikes good; let the enemy pursue it.” This is the answer that God will give to those who cry to Him. טֹוב denotes neither “Jehovah as the highest good” (Jerome) or as “the good One” (Sims.), nor “the good law of God” (Schmieder), but the good or salvation which Jehovah has guaranteed to the nation through His covenant of grace, and which He bestowed upon those who kept His covenant. Because Israel has despised this good, let the enemy pursue it.