1 When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son.
2 As they called them, so they went from them: they sacrificed unto the Baals, and burned incense to graven images.
References for Hosea 11:2
    • a 11:2 - See ver. 7, i.e. the prophets called.
      3 And I it was that taught Ephraim to walk, -- He took them upon his arms, -- but they knew not that I healed them.
      4 I drew them with bands of a man, with cords of love; and I was to them as they that take off the yoke on their jaws, and I gently caused them to eat.
      5 He shall not return into the land of Egypt, but the Assyrian shall be his king; for they refused to return [to me];
      6 and the sword shall turn about in his cities, and shall consume his bars, and devour [them], because of their own counsels.
      References for Hosea 11:6
        • b 11:6 - Or 'branches.'
          7 Yea, my people are bent upon backsliding from me: though they call them to the Most High, none at all exalteth [him].
          8 How shall I give thee over, Ephraim? [how] shall I deliver thee up, Israel? how shall I make thee as Admah? [how] shall I set thee as Zeboim? My heart is turned within me, my repentings are kindled together.
          References for Hosea 11:8
            • c 11:8 - Or 'What shall I do with thee?'
              9 I will not execute the fierceness of mine anger, I will not again destroy Ephraim; for I am God, and not man, -- the Holy One in the midst of thee: and I will not come in anger.
              References for Hosea 11:9
                • d 11:9 - Some translate 'come into the city.'
                  10 They shall walk after Jehovah; he shall roar like a lion; when he shall roar, then the children shall hasten from the west:
                  References for Hosea 11:10
                    • e 11:10 - Or 'the sea.'
                      11 they shall hasten as a bird out of Egypt, and as a dove out of the land of Assyria; and I will cause them to dwell in their houses, saith Jehovah.
                      References for Hosea 11:11
                        • f 11:11 - Or 'come trembling.'
                          12 Ephraim encompasseth me about with lies, and the house of Israel with deceit; but Judah yet walketh with God, and with the holy things of truth.
                          References for Hosea 11:12
                            • g 11:12 - According to others, 'And Judah is yet unsteadfast as regards God and the true Holy One.'