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Jehovah’s Witnesses


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Hosea 11:1-12

11  “When Israel was a boy,* then I loved him,+ and out of Egypt I called my son.+  “They* called them.+ To that same extent they went away from before them.*+ To the Ba′al images* they took up sacrificing,+ and to the graven images they began making sacrificial smoke.+  But as for me, I taught E′phra·im to walk,+ taking them upon [my]* arms;+ and they did not recognize that I had healed them.+  With the ropes of earthling man* I kept drawing them, with the cords of love,+ so that I became to them as those lifting off a yoke on their jaws,+ and gently I brought food to [each] one.+  He will not return to the land of Egypt, but As·syr′i·a will be his king,+ because they refused to return.+  And a sword will certainly whirl about in his cities+ and make an end of his bars and devour+ because of their counsels.+  And my people are tending toward unfaithfulness to me.+ And upward* they call it;* no one at all does any rising up.*  “How can I give you up, O E′phra·im?+ [How] can I deliver you up, O Israel?+ How can I set you as Ad′mah?+ [How] can I place you like Ze·boi′im?+ My heart has changed within me;+ at the same time my compassions have grown hot.  I shall not express my burning anger.+ I shall not bring E′phra·im to ruin again,+ for I am God*+ and not man,* the Holy One in the midst of you;+ and I shall not come in excitement. 10  After Jehovah they will walk.+ Like a lion he will roar;+ for he himself will roar,+ and sons will come trembling from the west.+ 11  Like a bird they will come trembling out of Egypt,+ and like a dove out of the land of As·syr′i·a;+ and I shall certainly make them dwell in their houses,” is the utterance of Jehovah.+ 12  “With lying, E′phra·im has surrounded me,+ and with deception the house of Israel. But Judah is yet roaming with God,*+ and with the Most Holy One* he is trustworthy.”*


Or, “lad; young man.”
“They,” MSyVg; LXX, “I.”
“From before them (from their faces),” MTVg; LXXSy, “from my face.”
Or, “To the Baals.” Heb., lab·Beʽa·lim′; Gr., Ba·a·lim′; Lat., Ba′a·lim.
“My,” in agreement with LXXSyVg; M, “his,” or, “one’s.”
Or, “man.” Heb., ʼa·dham′.
See 7:16 ftn.
In M both “it” and “people” are masc.
Or, “does any exalting.” Compare Ex 15:2; Ps 145:1, where the same Heb. verb occurs. In reality no one was exalting God.
“God.” Heb., ʼEl; Lat., De′us.
“Man.” Heb., ʼish; Gr., an′thro·pos; Lat., ho′mo.
“God.” Heb., ʼEl.
“The Most Holy One.” Heb., Qedhoh·shim′, pl. of qa·dhohsh′, “holy”; pl. to denote excellence according to GK, § 124 h. Compare Pr 9:10 and Pr 30:3 ftns.
Or, “even with the Most Holy One, who is trustworthy.”