Hosea 11:1-12

  • God’s love for Israel from his boyhood (1-12)

    • “Out of Egypt I called my son” (1)

11  “When Israel was a boy, I loved him,+And out of Egypt I called my son.+   The more they* called them,The more they went away from them.+ They kept sacrificing to the Baʹal images+And offering sacrifices to the graven images.+   But it was I who taught Eʹphra·im to walk,+ taking them in my arms;+And they did not acknowledge that I had healed them.   With the ropes of men* I kept drawing them, with the cords of love;+And I was to them like one lifting a yoke from their jaws,And I gently brought food to each one.   They will not return to the land of Egypt, but As·syrʹi·a will be their king,+Because they refused to return to me.+   And a sword will whirl against his cities+And destroy his bars and devour them because of their schemes.+   My people are bent on unfaithfulness to me.+ Though they called them upward,* no one rises up.   How can I give you up, O Eʹphra·im?+ How can I hand you over, O Israel? How can I treat you like Adʹmah? How can I make you like Ze·boiʹim?+ I have had a change of heart;At the same time my compassions are stirred.*+   I will not vent my burning anger. I will not destroy Eʹphra·im again,+For I am God and not man,The Holy One in your midst;And I will not come against you in fury. 10  They will walk after Jehovah, and he will roar like a lion;+When he roars, his sons will come trembling from the west.+ 11  They will tremble like a bird when they come out of Egypt,Like a dove out of the land of As·syrʹi·a;+And I will settle them in their houses,” declares Jehovah.+ 12  “Eʹphra·im has surrounded me with lies,And the house of Israel with deceit.+ But Judah still roams* with God,And he is faithful to the Most Holy One.”+


That is, prophets and others sent to instruct Israel.
Or “the ropes of kindness,” like those of a parent.
That is, to an elevated form of worship.
Lit., “have grown hot.”
Or “walks.”