With this thought the still further threatening of judgment in the next strophe is introduced. Hos 8:8. “Israel is swallowed up; now are they among the nations like a vessel, with which there is no satisfaction.” The advance in the threat of punishment lies less in the extension of the thought, that not only the fruit of the field, but the whole nation, will be swallowed up by foes, than in the perfect נִבְלַע, which indicates that the time of the ripening of the evil seeds has already begun (Jerome, Simson). עַתָּה הָיוּ, now already have they become among the nations like a despised vessel, which men cast away as useless (cf. Jer 22:28; Jer 48:38). This lot have they prepared for themselves.