Hosea 11
Holman Christian Standard Bible

The Lord’s Love for Israel

1When Israel was a child, I loved him,a

and out of Egypt I called My son.b

2The more theyc called them,d, e

the more theyf departed from Me.g

They kept sacrificing to the Baalsh

and burning offerings to idols.i

3It was I who taught Ephraim to walk,j

taking themk in My arms,l

but they never knew that I healed them.m

4I led them with human cords,

with ropes of love.n

To them I was like one

who eases the yoke from their jaws;o

I bent down to give them food.p

5Israel will not return to the land of Egypt

and Assyria will be his king,q

because they refused to repent.r

6A sword will whirl through his cities;s

it will destroy and devour the bars of his gates,t, u

because of their schemes.v

7My people are bent on turning from Me.w

Though they call to Him on high,

He will not exalt them at all.

8How can I give you up, Ephraim?x

How can I surrender you, Israel?

How can I make you like Admah?y

How can I treat you like Zeboiim?z

I have had a change of heart;

My compassion is stirred!

9I will not vent the full fury of My anger;aa

I will not turn back to destroy Ephraim.ab

For I am God and not man,

the Holy One among you;ac

I will not come in rage.ad

10They will follow the LORD;ae

He will roar like a lion.af

When He roars,

His children will come trembling from the west.ag

11They will be roused like birds from Egypt

and like dovesah from the land of Assyria.ai

Then I will settle them in their homes.aj

This is the LORD’s declaration.

12ak Ephraim surrounds me with lies,al

the house of Israel, with deceit.

Judah still wanders with God

and is faithful to the holy ones.am, an


Footnotes:
a. 11:1 Dt 4:37; 7:6-8; 10:14-15; Ps 78:68; Is 41:8; Am 3:2; Mal 1:2
b. 11:1 Ex 4:22-23; Dt 32:5-6,18-20; Ps 103:13; Jr 3:19; Hs 1:10; Mt 2:15
c. 11:2 Perhaps the prophets
d. 11:2 = Israel
e. 11:2 2Kg 17:13-15
f. 11:2 = Israel
g. 11:2 LXX; MT reads them
h. 11:2 Hs 2:13; 4:13
i. 11:2 Is 65:7; Jr 18:15
j. 11:3 Hs 7:15
k. 11:3 LXX, Syr, Vg; MT reads him
l. 11:3 Dt 1:31; 32:10-11
m. 11:3 Ex 15:26
n. 11:4 Jr 31:2-3
o. 11:4 Hs 10:11
p. 11:4 Ex 16:32
q. 11:5 Hs 7:16; 8:13; 9:3; 10:6
r. 11:5 Hs 7:16
s. 11:6 Hs 13:16
t. 11:6 Or devour his empty talkers, or devour his limbs ; Hb obscure
u. 11:6 Lm 2:9
v. 11:6 Hs 4:16-17
w. 11:7 Jr 8:5
x. 11:8 Hs 6:4; 7:1
y. 11:8 Gn 14:8; Dt 29:23
z. 11:8 Gn 14:2; 19:1-29; Dt 29:23
aa. 11:9 Dt 13:17
ab. 11:9 Jr 26:3; 30:11
ac. 11:9 Is 5:24; 12:6; 41:14,16
ad. 11:9 Or come into any city ; Hb obscure
ae. 11:10 Hs 3:5; 6:1-3
af. 11:10 Is 31:4; Jl 3:16; Am 1:2
ag. 11:10 Is 66:2-5
ah. 11:11 Is 60:8; Hs 7:11
ai. 11:11 Is 11:11
aj. 11:11 Ezk 34:27-28
ak. 11:12 Hs 12:1 in Hb
al. 11:12 Hs 4:2; 7:3
am. 11:12 Or to the Holy One ; Hb obscure
an. 11:12 Possibly angels, or less likely, pagan gods or idols
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