The Lord's Love for Israel

1 When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called My son.a
References for Hosea 11:1
      2 [The more] theyb called them,c [the more] theyd departed from Me.e They kept sacrificing to the Baals and burning offerings to idols.
      References for Hosea 11:2
        • b 11:2 - Perhaps the prophets
        • c 11:2 - Israel
        • d 11:2 - Israel
        • e 11:2 - LXX; MT reads them
          3 It was I who taught Ephraim to walk, taking themf in My arms, but they never knew that I healed them.g
          References for Hosea 11:3
            • f 11:3 - LXX, Syr, Vg; MT reads him
            • g 11:3 - Ex 15:26
              4 I led them with human cords, with ropes of kindness. To them I was like one who eases the yoke from their jaws;h I bent down to give them food.
              References for Hosea 11:4
                  5 Israel will not return to the land of Egypt and Assyria will be his king, because they refused to repent.
                  6 A sword will whirl through his cities; it will destroy and devour the bars of his gates,i because of their schemes.
                  References for Hosea 11:6
                    • i 11:6 - Or devour his empty talkers, or devour his limbs; Hb obscure
                      7 My people are bent on turning from Me. Though they call to Him on high, He will not exalt them at all.
                      8 How can I give you up, Ephraim? How can I surrender you, Israel? How can I make you like Admah? How can I treat you like Zeboiim?j I have had a change of heart; My compassion is stirred!
                      References for Hosea 11:8
                        • j 11:8 - Gn 14:2; 19:1-29; Dt 29:23
                          9 I will not vent the full fury of My anger; I will not turn back to destroy Ephraim. For I am God and not man, the Holy One among you; I will not come in rage.k
                          References for Hosea 11:9
                            • k 11:9 - Or come into any city; Hb obscure
                              10 They will follow the Lord; He will roar like a lion. When He roars, His children will come trembling from the west.
                              11 They will be roused like birds from Egypt and like doves from the land of Assyria. Then I will settle them in their homes. [This is]*The bracketed text has been added for clarity. the Lord's declaration.
                              12 l Ephraim surrounds me with lies, the house of Israel, with deceit. Judah still wanders with Elm and is faithful to holy
                              References for Hosea 11:12
                                • l 11:12 - Hs 12:1 in Hb
                                • m 11:12 - Or God
                                • n 11:12 - Or Judah walks with God and is faithful to the Holy One; Hb obscure
                                • o 11:12 - Possibly angels, or less likely, pagan gods or idols