Hosea 7:11

11 “Ephraim is like a dove, easily deceived and senseless— now calling to Egypt, now turning to Assyria.

Hosea 7:11 in Other Translations

KJV
11 Ephraim also is like a silly dove without heart: they call to Egypt, they go to Assyria.
ESV
11 Ephraim is like a dove, silly and without sense, calling to Egypt, going to Assyria.
NLT
11 “The people of Israel have become like silly, witless doves, first calling to Egypt, then flying to Assyria for help.
MSG
11 "Ephraim is bird-brained, mindless, clueless, First chirping after Egypt, then fluttering after Assyria.
CSB
11 So Ephraim has become like a silly, senseless dove; they call to Egypt, and they go to Assyria.

Hosea 7:11 Meaning and Commentary

Hosea 7:11

Ephraim also is like a silly dove, without heart
Or understanding; which comes and picks up the corns of grain, which lie scattered about, and does not know that the net is spread for it; and when its young are taken away, it is unconcerned, and continues its nest in the same place still; and, when frightened, flees not to its dove house, where it would be safe, but flies about here and there, and so becomes a prey to others. Thus Ephraim, going to Egypt and Assyria for help, were ensnared by them, not having sense enough to perceive that this would be their ruin; and though they had heretofore suffered by them, yet still they continued to make their addresses to them; and instead of keeping close to the Lord, and to his worship and the place of it, and asking counsel and help of him they ran about and sought for it here and there: they call to Egypt;
that is, for help; as Hoshea king of Israel, when he sent messengers to So or Sabacon king of Egypt, for protection and assistance, ( 2 Kings 17:4 ) . Such a foolish part, like the silly doves, did they act; since the Egyptians had been their implacable enemies, and their fathers had been in cruel bondage under them: they go to Assyria;
send gifts and presents, and pay tribute to the kings thereof, to make them easy; as Menahem did to Pul, and Hoshea to Shalmaneser, ( 2 Kings 15:19 ) ( 17:3 ) . Some understand this last clause, not of their sin in going to the Assyrian for help; but of their punishment in going or being carried captive thither; and so the Targum seems to interpret it,

``they go captive, or are carried captive, into Assyria.''

Hosea 7:11 In-Context

9 Foreigners sap his strength, but he does not realize it. His hair is sprinkled with gray, but he does not notice.
10 Israel’s arrogance testifies against him, but despite all this he does not return to the LORD his God or search for him.
11 “Ephraim is like a dove, easily deceived and senseless— now calling to Egypt, now turning to Assyria.
12 When they go, I will throw my net over them; I will pull them down like the birds in the sky. When I hear them flocking together, I will catch them.
13 Woe to them, because they have strayed from me! Destruction to them, because they have rebelled against me! I long to redeem them but they speak about me falsely.

Cross References 3

  • 1. S Genesis 8:8; Hosea 11:11
  • 2. ver 16; Hosea 9:6
  • 3. S ver 8; S Jeremiah 2:18; S Lamentations 5:6; Hosea 5:13; Hosea 9:3; Hosea 12:1