Hosea 13:8
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8  Like a bear robbed of her young I attack them And rip open the casing of their hearts; I will devour them there like a lion, The beasts of the field shall mangle them.

ef-g’-SHAYM k’-DOV sha-KUL v’-ek-RA s’-GOR li-BAM v’-o-kh’-LAYM SHAM k’-la-VEE kha-YAT ha-sa-DEH t’-va-k’-AYM

ח  אֶפְגְּשֵׁם כְּדֹב שַׁכּוּל וְאֶקְרַע סְגוֹר לִבָּם וְאֹכְלֵם שָׁם כְּלָבִיא חַיַּת הַשָּׂדֶה תְּבַקְּעֵם׃

 13:8  Like a bear robbed of her young

A Syrian Brown Bear at the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo.

Hoshea portrays Hashem in His ferocious anger at the Children of Israel, as a female bear whose cubs have been stolen. Radak notes that the mother bear takes care of her young cubs much more than most other animals. Therefore, the sense of anger at the loss of her cubs is correspondingly much stronger. Similarly, God cared for Israel for so long that His sense of loss at their rejection of Him is enormous.

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