Hosea 11

God’s Love for Israel

1 “When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son.
2 But the more they were called, the more they went away from me.[a]They sacrificed to the Baals and they burned incense to images.
3 It was I who taught Ephraim to walk, taking them by the arms; but they did not realize it was I who healed them.
4 I led them with cords of human kindness, with ties of love. To them I was like one who lifts a little child to the cheek, and I bent down to feed them.
5 “Will they not return to Egypt and will not Assyria rule over them because they refuse to repent?
6 A sword will flash in their cities; it will devour their false prophets and put an end to their plans.
7 My people are determined to turn from me. Even though they call me God Most High, I will by no means exalt them.
8 “How can I give you up, Ephraim? How can I hand you over, Israel? How can I treat you like Admah? How can I make you like Zeboyim? My heart is changed within me; all my compassion is aroused.
9 I will not carry out my fierce anger, nor will I devastate Ephraim again. For I am God, and not a man— the Holy One among you. I will not come against their cities.
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 come from Egypt, trembling like sparrows, from Assyria, fluttering like doves. I will settle them in their homes,” declares the LORD.

Israel’s Sin

12 Ephraim has surrounded me with lies, Israel with deceit. And Judah is unruly against God, even against the faithful Holy One.[b]

Cross References 38

  • 1. S Jeremiah 2:2; S Ezekiel 16:22
  • 2. S Deuteronomy 4:37
  • 3. S Exodus 4:22; Hosea 12:9,13; Hosea 13:4; Matthew 2:15*
  • 4. ver 7
  • 5. S Hosea 2:13
  • 6. S 2 Kings 17:15; Isaiah 65:7; S Jeremiah 18:15; S Hosea 4:13; Hosea 13:1
  • 7. S Deuteronomy 1:31; S Deuteronomy 32:11; Hosea 7:15
  • 8. S Exodus 15:26; Jeremiah 30:17
  • 9. Jeremiah 31:2-3
  • 10. S Leviticus 26:13
  • 11. Exodus 16:32; Psalms 78:25
  • 12. Jeremiah 31:20
  • 13. S Hosea 7:16
  • 14. S Hosea 10:6
  • 15. S Exodus 13:17
  • 16. Hosea 13:16
  • 17. S Lamentations 2:9
  • 18. S Isaiah 26:10
  • 19. ver 2; Jeremiah 3:6-7; Jeremiah 8:5
  • 20. S Jeremiah 7:29
  • 21. Hosea 6:4
  • 22. S Genesis 14:8; S Lamentations 3:32
  • 23. S 1 Kings 3:26; S Psalms 25:6
  • 24. S Ezekiel 33:11; Amos 7:3
  • 25. Deuteronomy 13:17; S Jeremiah 18:8; S Jeremiah 30:11
  • 26. Lamentations 3:22; Malachi 3:6
  • 27. S Numbers 23:19
  • 28. S 2 Kings 19:22; S Isaiah 31:1
  • 29. S Isaiah 42:13
  • 30. S Isaiah 31:4
  • 31. S Psalms 18:45
  • 32. S Hosea 3:5; S Hosea 6:1-3
  • 33. S Genesis 8:8
  • 34. S Isaiah 11:11
  • 35. S Ezekiel 28:26; S Ezekiel 34:25-28
  • 36. S Hosea 4:2
  • 37. S Deuteronomy 7:9
  • 38. S Hosea 10:13

Footnotes 2

  • [a]. Septuagint; Hebrew "them"
  • [b]. In Hebrew texts this verse (11:12) is numbered 12:1.

Hosea 11 Commentaries

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