Hosea 9:7 (ESV) reads,
The days of punishment have come; the days of recompense have come; Israel shall know it. The prophet is a fool; the man of the spirit is mad, because of your great iniquity and great hatred.
It seems there are two contrary ways of taking this.
- "Because you sin so much, and hate God, you think his prophets are foolish, that the men he has inspired are insane."
- "In your sin and hatred of God, all your prophets are foolish, and the men who seem inspired are actually insane."
What does this verse mean?