Cross Reference Bible

World English Bible

< Chapter 10 | HOSEA index | Chapter 12 >

Hosea 11

See commentary, Punished for Sin, Then What?, Hosea 10-14     |     See Bible Dictionary

The ingratitude of Israel unto God for his benefits.

11:1 “When Israel was a child, then I loved him,
and called my son out of Egypt. *

11:2 They called to them, so they went from them.
They sacrificed to the Baals,
and burned incense to engraved images.

11:3 Yet I taught Ephraim to walk.
I took them by his arms;
but they didn’t know that I healed them.

11:4 I drew them with cords of a man, with ties of love;
and I was to them like those who lift up the yoke on their necks;
and I bent down to him and I fed him.

His judgment.

11:5 “They won’t return into the land of Egypt;
but the Assyrian will be their king,
because they refused to repent.

11:6 The sword will fall on their cities,
and will destroy the bars of their gates,
and will put an end to their plans.

11:7 My people are determined to turn from me.
Though they call to the Most High,
he certainly won’t exalt them.

God's mercy toward them.

11:8 “How can I give you up, Ephraim?
How can I hand you over, Israel?
How can I make you like Admah?
How can I make you like Zeboiim?
My heart is turned within me,
my compassion is aroused.

11:9 I will not execute the fierceness of my anger.
I will not return to destroy Ephraim:
for I am God, and not man; the Holy One in the midst of you;
and I will not come in wrath.

11:10 They will walk after Yahweh,
who will roar like a lion;
for he will roar, and the children will come trembling from the west.

11:11 They will come trembling like a bird out of Egypt,
and like a dove out of the land of Assyria;
and I will settle them in their houses,” says Yahweh.

Israel's falsehood and Judah's fidelity.

11:12 Ephraim surrounds me with falsehood,
and the house of Israel with deceit.
Judah still strays from God,
and is unfaithful to the Holy One.

< Chapter 10 | Hosea index | Chapter 12 >