Hosea 12:13

13 The LORD used a prophet to bring Israel up from Egypt, by a prophet he cared for him.

Hosea 12:13 in Other Translations

KJV
13 And by a prophet the LORD brought Israel out of Egypt, and by a prophet was he preserved.
ESV
13 By a prophet the LORD brought Israel up from Egypt, and by a prophet he was guarded.
NLT
13 Then by a prophet the LORD brought Jacob’s descendants out of Egypt; and by that prophet they were protected.
MSG
13 Your real identity is formed through God-sent prophets, who led you out of Egypt and served as faithful pastors.
CSB
13 The Lord brought Israel from Egypt by a prophet, and Israel was tended by a prophet.

Hosea 12:13 Meaning and Commentary

Hosea 12:13

And by a prophet the Lord brought Israel out of Egypt
Or, "by the prophet"; the famous and most excellent prophet Moses, who, by way of eminency, is so called; him the Lord sent, and employed, and made use of him as an instrument to bring his people out of their bondage in Egypt; in which he was a type of Christ the great Prophet of the church, raised up like unto him, and the Redeemer of his people from sin, Satan, and the world, law, hell, and death, and all enemies: and by a prophet he was preserved;
by the same prophet Moses was Israel preserved at the Red sea, and in the wilderness; where they were kept as a flock of sheep from their powerful enemies, and brought to the borders of Canaan's land. Some understand this last clause of Joshua, by whom the Israelites were safely conducted through Jordan into the land of Canaan, and settled there; and particularly were brought by him to Gilgal, where the covenant of circumcision was renewed, and the first passover in the land kept, but now a place of idolatry, as before mentioned; and which sin was aggravated by this circumstance: but the design of this observation seems to be to put the Israelites in remembrance of their low estate in Egypt, and of the goodness of God to them in delivering them from thence, which they had sadly requited by their degeneracy and apostasy from him; and to him unto them how much they ought to have valued the prophets of the Lord, though they had despised them, since they had received such benefits and blessings by the means of a prophet.

Hosea 12:13 In-Context

11 Is Gilead wicked? Its people are worthless! Do they sacrifice bulls in Gilgal? Their altars will be like piles of stones on a plowed field.
12 Jacob fled to the country of Aram ; Israel served to get a wife, and to pay for her he tended sheep.
13 The LORD used a prophet to bring Israel up from Egypt, by a prophet he cared for him.
14 But Ephraim has aroused his bitter anger; his Lord will leave on him the guilt of his bloodshed and will repay him for his contempt.

Cross References 2

  • 1. S Hosea 11:1
  • 2. Exodus 13:3; Exodus 14:19-22; Isaiah 63:11-14