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Jehovah’s Witnesses



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.”