Whoredom and wine and new wine take away the heart.
My people ask counsel at their stocks, and their staff declareth unto them: for the spirit of whoredoms hath caused them to err, and they have gone a whoring from under their God.
For those who do not believe there is such a thing as sexual addiction, I would point to this verse. Harlotry (adultery, whoredom, prostitution). . . enslaves the heart. To be enslaved, in this context, is the same as being addicted to alcohol.
The practice in that time in Israel was not, in their minds, to forsake God. They just wanted to add a few pagan idols to their worship, as did the nations around them. If one god is good, then many gods are even better, right?
They wanted God to just be a part of their worship, instead of their only worship.
It’s kind of like a woman saying to her husband, “Look, I want to stay married to you, but you’re going to have to understand that you’re not the only one I’ll be sleeping with. I don’t want to give up my other lovers.” Of course, God was using His prophet Hosea and Hosea’s wife Gomer to illustrate the evil of this type of thinking.
The two uses of wine in this verse describe, first, fermented or aged wine; second, new wine has been freshly pressed, not yet aged. Both were alcoholic. They could become addictive, and the substance to which a person is addicted always ends up taking first place in the life of the addict. Nothing else is nearly as important.
I had to do some searching on verse 12, and I did find a general consensus among several commentators that I trust. The words stocks and staff would seem to refer to idols carved from wood. The staff could refer to a method of determining the future, in which long rods were placed upright in the ground. When they fell, the directions in which they fell were used in deciding upon which way a decision should be made.
The main point here is that Israel had, indeed, forsaken God in preference to pagan idols. They worshiped that which they carved with their own hands. The “spirit of whoredoms,” adultery against God, had led them into continuous sin against God.