“I Know My Redeemer Lives,” Nicole C. Mullen
“On My Knees,” Nicole C. Mullen
“You Have Won The Victory/The Anthem,” Full Gospel Baptist Church
Moral Precept – General Rule, A Fundamental Truth
“Woe To Ephraim,” Isaiah 28:1) Woe to the crown of pride, to the drunkards of Ephraim, whose glorious beauty is a fading flower, which are on the head of the fat valleys of them that are overcome with wine! 2) Behold, The Lord Hath A Mighty And Strong One (One Who Is Powerful And Strong), Which As A Tempest of Hail And A Destroying Storm, As A Flood Of Mighty Waters Overflowing, Shall Cast Down To The Earth With The Hand. 3) The crown of pride, the drunkards of Ephraim, shall be trodden under feet: 4) And the glorious beauty which is on the head of the fat valley, shall be a fading flower, as the hasty fruit before the summer; which when he that looketh upon it seeth, while it is yet in his hand he eateth it up.
Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v1, The crown of pride refers to Samaria. v2, The strong refers to Assyria , which is likened to hail that strips a of its leaves and mighty waters that sweep away the stalks (8:7, 8; 17:12, 13). v3, 4, crown of pride: This phrase is repeated from v. 1.
Quest Study Bible – v1, “Wreath, (or crown of glory),” This pictured Samaria, capital of the Northern Kingdom of Israel, destroyed by Assyria in 722 B. C. Like a crown or wreath some wore at ancient parties, Samaria sat proudly on a hill at the northern end of a fertile valley. v1, Ephraim A prominent tribe of Israel. For Isaiah and Hosea it became another name for the Northern Kingdom (7:2; Hosea 5:3).
Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v1-4, What men are proud of, be it ever so mean, is to them as a crown; but pride is the forerunner of destruction. How foolishly drunkards act! Those who are overcome with wine are overcome by Satan, and there is no greater drudgery in the world than hard drinking. Their health is ruined; men are broken in their callings and estates, and their families are ruined by it. Their souls are in danger of being undone for ever, and all merely to gratify a base lust. In God’s professing people, like Israel, it is worse than in any other. And He Is Just In Taking Away The Plenty They Thus Abuse. The plenty they were proud of, is but a fading flower. Like the early fruit, which, as soon as discovered, is plucked and eaten.