Hosea 11

Hosea 11

The Lord’s Love for Israel
1When Israel was a child, I loved him,#Dt 4:37; 7:6–8; 10:14–15; Ps 78:68; Is 41:8; Am 3:2; Mal 1:2
and out of Egypt I called my son.#Ex 4:22–23; Dt 32:5–6,18–20; Ps 103:13; Jr 3:19; Hs 1:10; Mt 2:15
2Israel called to the Egyptians#2Kg 17:13–15
even as Israel was leaving them.#11:2 Lit They called to them; thus they went from before them
They kept sacrificing to the Baals#Hs 2:13; 4:13
and burning offerings to idols.#Is 65:7; Jr 18:15
3It was I who taught Ephraim to walk,#Hs 7:15
taking them#11:3 LXX, Syr, Vg; MT reads him by the hand,#11:3 Lit them on his arms#Dt 1:31; 32:10–11
but they never knew that I healed them.#Ex 15:26
4I led them with human cords,
with ropes of love.#Jr 31:2–3
To them I was like one
who eases the yoke from their jaws;#Hs 10:11
I bent down to give them food.#Ex 16:32
5Israel will not return to the land of Egypt
and Assyria will be his king,#Hs 7:16; 8:13; 9:3; 10:6
because they refused to repent.#Hs 7:16
6A sword will whirl through his cities;#Hs 13:16
it will destroy and devour the bars of his gates,#11:6 Or devour his empty talkers, or devour his limbs; Hb obscure#Lm 2:9
because of their schemes.#Hs 4:16–17
7My people are bent on turning from me.#Jr 8:5
Though they call to him on high,
he will not exalt them at all.
8How can I give you up, Ephraim?#Hs 6:4; 7:1
How can I surrender you, Israel?
How can I make you like Admah?#Gn 14:8; Dt 29:23
How can I treat you like Zeboiim?#Gn 14:2; 19:1–29; Dt 29:23
I have had a change of heart;
my compassion is stirred!
9I will not vent the full fury of my anger;#Dt 13:17
I will not turn back to destroy Ephraim.#Jr 26:3; 30:11
For I am God and not man,
the Holy One among you;#Is 5:24; 12:6; 41:14,16
I will not come in rage.#11:9 Or come into any city; Hb obscure
10They will follow the Lord;#Hs 3:5; 6:1–3
he will roar like a lion.#Is 31:4; Jl 3:16; Am 1:2
When he roars,
his children will come trembling from the west.#Is 66:2–5
11They will be roused like birds from Egypt
and like doves#Is 60:8; Hs 7:11 from the land of Assyria.#Is 11:11
Then I will settle them in their homes.#Ezk 34:27–28
This is the Lord’s declaration.
12Ephraim surrounds me with lies,#Hs 4:2; 7:3
the house of Israel, with deceit.
Judah still wanders with God
and is faithful to the holy ones.#11:12 Hb obscure

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