The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleHosea 13:11
I gave thee a king in mine anger…
Not the king of
Assyria, sent to waste and destroy them, and carry them captive, as
some, for of him the next clause cannot be said; nor Jeroboam, the
first king of the ten tribes, as others, who was not given in anger to
Israel, but to Solomon; rather Saul, as Kimchi and Aben Ezra, the first
king of all Israel; and who was given at the request of the people,
though in anger and resentment, they rejecting God their King; or it
may design the kingly office and power in general, in a succession of
kings from him the first of them:
and took [him] away in my wrath;
not Jeroboam, who does not appear to
be taken away by death in wrath; rather Saul, who died in battle with
the Philistines, and fell on the mountains of Gilboa: but it may be
rendered better, "I will take him away" F15; and refers not to Zedekiah
the last king of Judith, as some in Kimchi; but to Hoshea, the last
king of the ten tribes; for it is of there more especially the words,
both in the text and context, are spoken; and so it respects the entire
removal of kingly power from them, which ceased in Hoshea; see
(Hosea 3:4) (10:15) .
F15 (xqaw) "et auferam", Zanchius, Piscator, Cocceius, V. L.
"recipiam", Drusius; "accipiam", Schmidt.