Divine love

1 When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son.

References for Hosea 11:1

      2 The more I called them, the further they went from me; they kept sacrificing to the Baals, and they burned incense to idols.
      3 Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk; I took them up in my arms, but they did not know that I healed them.
      4 I led them with bands of human kindness, with cords of love. I treated them like those who lift infants to their cheeks; I bent down to them and fed them.

      Divine frustration

      5 They will return to the land of Egypt, and Assyria will be their king, because they have refused to return to me.

      References for Hosea 11:5

          6 The sword will strike wildly in their cities; it will consume the bars of their gates and will take everything because of their schemes.
          7 My people are bent on turning away from me; and though they cry out to the Most High, he will not raise them up.

          References for Hosea 11:7

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              Divine compassion

              8 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 Zeboiim? My heart winces within me; my compassion grows warm and tender.

              References for Hosea 11:8

                  Israel’s and Judah’s responses

                  9 I won't act on the heat of my anger; I won't return to destroy Ephraim; for I am God and not a human being, the holy one in your midst; I won't come in harsh judgment.

                  References for Hosea 11:9

                      10 They will walk after the LORD, who roars like a lion. When he roars, his children will come trembling from the west.
                      11 They will come trembling like a bird, and like a dove from the land of Assyria; and I will return them to their homes, says the LORD.
                      12 Ephraim has surrounded me with lies, the house of Israel with faithless acts; but Judah still walks with God, and is faithful to the holy one.

                      References for Hosea 11:12