In this verse Hosea condemned God’s people for worshiping idols and using black magic and superstition in making decisions. The New International Version translates this verse, “they [God’s people] consult a wooden idol and are answered by a stick of wood.”

“Wooden idol” may refer to teraphim, or household gods, which people consulted for guidance and direction (see note on Genesis 31:19). “Stick of wood” probably refers to a stick with the bark peeled off on one side, People would toss the stick into the air, similar to flipping a coin, and make a decision based on the side of the stick that faced up when it fell  to the ground.

God condemns such silly superstitions. We are to seek His will and direction by praying. reading the Bible, and following the leading of the Holy Spirit.

HOSEA 3:1-1. The children of Israel. . .look to other gods. and love flagons of wine [sacred raisin cakes, NIV].

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