1 When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son.
2 The more I called them, the more they went from me; they kept sacrificing to the Baals, and offering incense to idols.

References for Hosea 11:2

    • a 11:2 - Gk: Heb [they]
    • b 11:2 - Gk: Heb [them]
      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.

      References for Hosea 11:3

        • c 11:3 - Gk Syr Vg: Heb [his]
          4 I led them with cords of human kindness, with bands of love. I was to them like those who lift infants to their cheeks. I bent down to them and fed them.

          References for Hosea 11:4

            • d 11:4 - Or [who ease the yoke on their jaws]
              5 They shall return to the land of Egypt, and Assyria shall be their king, because they have refused to return to me.
              6 The sword rages in their cities, it consumes their oracle-priests, and devours because of their schemes.
              7 My people are bent on turning away from me. To the Most High they call, but he does not raise them up at all.

              References for Hosea 11:7

                • e 11:7 - Meaning of Heb uncertain
                  8 How can I give you up, Ephraim? How can I hand you over, O Israel? How can I make you like Admah? How can I treat you like Zeboiim? My heart recoils within me; my compassion grows warm and tender.
                  9 I will not execute my fierce anger; I will not again destroy Ephraim; for I am God and no mortal, the Holy One in your midst, and I will not come in wrath.

                  References for Hosea 11:9

                    • f 11:9 - Meaning of Heb uncertain
                      10 They shall go after the Lord, who roars like a lion; when he roars, his children shall come trembling from the west.
                      11 They shall come trembling like birds from Egypt, and like doves from the land of Assyria; and I will return them to their homes, says the Lord.
                      12 Ephraim 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.

                      References for Hosea 11:12

                        • g 11:12 - Ch 12.1 in Heb
                        • h 11:12 - Heb [roams] or [rules]