Both Judah and Ephraim ran into trouble, decaying and rotting. Why did that happen to God’s people? Hosea wrote,
“The princes of Judah are like those who remove a landmark; I will pour out My wrath on them like water. Ephraim is oppressed and broken in judgment, because he willingly walked by human precept. Therefore I will be to Ephraim like a moth, and to the house of Judah like rottenness” (Hosea 5.10–12).
Judah did not abide by landmarks, and Ephraim refused to follow God’s precepts. Therefore, both nations suffered for their disobedience.
They reaped as they had sown.