God’s Love for Israel
1#Ex 4:22; Mt 2:15 When Israel was a child, I loved him,
and out of Egypt I called My son.
2#Hos 2:13; Isa 65:7 As I#Gk. Syr.; Heb. bulls. called them,
so they went from Me.#Or those who offer human sacrifice.
They sacrificed to the Baals
and burned incense to idols.
3#Dt 1:31; Jer 30:17 I taught Ephraim to walk,
taking them up in My#Gk. Syr. Vulg.; Heb. his. arms,
but they did not know
that I healed them.
4#Lev 26:13; Jn 12:32 I drew them with cords of human kindness,#Heb. cords of a man.
with bands of love.
I was to them as those who ease the yoke on their neck,#Or jaws.
and I bent down and fed them.
5#Hos 7:16; 2Ki 17:13–14 He will return#So LXX. Heb. He not will return. to the land of Egypt,
and Assyria will be his king,
because they refused to return to Me.
6#Hos 13:16; 10:6 The sword slashes in their cities,
consumes their oracle-priests,
and devours because of their own counsels.
7#Jer 8:5; Hos 11:2 My people are bent on backsliding fromMe.
Though they called to the Most High,
none at all exalt Him.
8#Ge 14:8; Dt 29:23; Hos 6:4 How can I give you up, Ephraim?
How can I hand you over, Israel?
How can I make you like Admah?
How can I treat you like Zeboyim?
My heart churns within Me;
My compassion is stirred.
9#Nu 23:19; Isa 12:6; Jer 30:11 I will not execute the fierceness of My anger;
I will not again destroy Ephraim.
For I am God, and not man,
the Holy One in your midst,
and I will not come in wrath.
10#Isa 31:4; Joel 3:16 They will walk after the Lord,
who roars like a lion.
When He roars,
His children will come trembling from the west.
11#Isa 11:11; 60:8 They will come trembling
like a bird out of Egypt
and like a dove from the land of Assyria.
And I will let them dwell in their houses,
says the Lord.
God’s Charge Against Ephraim
12Ephraim has surrounded Me with lies,
and the house of Israel with deceit.
But Judah still walks with God,
and is faithful to the Holy One.#Or holy ones.