Yahweh was going to stretch out his hand to destroy the enemy of Israel to the north, the Assyrians. He had just punished the people on the west, the Philistines, the people on the east, the Moabites and the Ammonites, and the people to the south, the Ethiopians. Yahweh was going to make northern Nineveh a desolate wasteland desert. Every kind of wild animal and various herds would live there. A variety of owls would nest in their ornate towers. Owls would hoot at their windows, while ravens would croak at their doorsteps. All their cedar wood work would be open to the weather.
Yahweh, via Hosea, warned the Israelites that he had fed them. Once they were satisfied with food, they had become proud. They forgot all about Yahweh. Thus, he was going to become like a lion or leopard lurking along their paths. He would attack them, like a bear who had been robbed of cubs. He was going to tear open the covering around their hearts. He would devour them like a wild animal would mangle its prey. They had better watch out.