Ephraim is oppressed, crushed in judgment, Because he was determined to follow man's command. (Hosea 5:11 NASB)
In this verse the prophet Hosea informs Ephraim that he is oppressed under judgment because he decided to follow bad advise. God had given Ephraim His commands and he refused to listen to and obey God's instructions. Instead Ephraim followed the commands of other people and he ended up in tragedy. Some ancient versions read "follow nothingness." Either way is correct because the commands or advise of people amounts to nothing when compared to the commands of God. No human authority is greater than God. No human reasoning is sharper than God's because He is perfect; yet most people will follow the advise of another person before they will follow the wisdom of God. Where is the logic in that? Today want you reconsider your source of wisdom? If you continue to listen to the advise of people instead of the word of God then just like Ephraim you will end up oppressed under judgment, but obeying the word of God will yield eternal rewards for you.