Hosea 11:2
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New International Version
But the more they were called, the more they went away from me. They sacrificed to the Baals and they burned incense to images.

New Living Translation
But the more I called to him, the farther he moved from me, offering sacrifices to the images of Baal and burning incense to idols.

English Standard Version
The more they were called, the more they went away; they kept sacrificing to the Baals and burning offerings to idols.

New American Standard Bible
The more they called them, The more they went from them; They kept sacrificing to the Baals And burning incense to idols.

King James Bible
As they called them, so they went from them: they sacrificed unto Baalim, and burned incense to graven images.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The more they called them, the more they departed from Me. They kept sacrificing to the Baals and burning offerings to idols.

International Standard Version
The more I called out to them, the farther they fled from me; they sacrificed to Baals, burning incense to carved images.

NET Bible
But the more I summoned them, the farther they departed from me. They sacrificed to the Baal idols and burned incense to images.

New Heart English Bible
As I called them, the farther they went from me. They sacrificed to the Baals, and burned incense to engraved images.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The more I called them, the farther they went away. They sacrificed to other gods-the Baals, and they burned incense to idols.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The more they called them, the more they went from them; They sacrificed unto the Baalim, And offered to graven images.

New American Standard 1977
The more they called them,
            The more they went from them;
            They kept sacrificing to the Baals
            And burning incense to idols.

Jubilee Bible 2000
As they called them, so they went from them; they sacrificed unto Baalim, and burned incense to graven images.

King James 2000 Bible
As they called them, so they went from them: they sacrificed unto Baalim, and burned incense to graven images.

American King James Version
As they called them, so they went from them: they sacrificed to Baalim, and burned incense to graven images.

American Standard Version
The more the prophets called them, the more they went from them: they sacrificed unto the Baalim, and burned incense to graven images.

Douay-Rheims Bible
As they called them, they went away from before their face: they offered victims to Baalim, and sacrificed to idols.

Darby Bible Translation
As they called them, so they went from them: they sacrificed unto the Baals, and burned incense to graven images.

English Revised Version
As they called them, so they went from them: they sacrificed unto the Baalim, and burned incense to graven images.

Webster's Bible Translation
As they called them, so they went from them: they sacrificed to Baalim, and burned incense to graven images.

World English Bible
They called to them, so they went from them. They sacrificed to the Baals, and burned incense to engraved images.

Young's Literal Translation
They have called to them rightly, They have gone from before them, To lords they do sacrifice, And to graven images they make perfume.
Study Bible
Out of Egypt I called my Son
1When Israel was a youth I loved him, And out of Egypt I called My son. 2The more they called them, The more they went from them; They kept sacrificing to the Baals And burning incense to idols. 3Yet it is I who taught Ephraim to walk, I took them in My arms; But they did not know that I healed them.…
Cross References
2 Kings 17:13
Yet the LORD warned Israel and Judah through all His prophets and every seer, saying, "Turn from your evil ways and keep My commandments, My statutes according to all the law which I commanded your fathers, and which I sent to you through My servants the prophets."

Isaiah 65:7
Both their own iniquities and the iniquities of their fathers together," says the LORD. "Because they have burned incense on the mountains And scorned Me on the hills, Therefore I will measure their former work into their bosom."

Jeremiah 18:15
'For My people have forgotten Me, They burn incense to worthless gods And they have stumbled from their ways, From the ancient paths, To walk in bypaths, Not on a highway,

Hosea 2:13
"I will punish her for the days of the Baals When she used to offer sacrifices to them And adorn herself with her earrings and jewelry, And follow her lovers, so that she forgot Me," declares the LORD.

Hosea 4:13
They offer sacrifices on the tops of the mountains And burn incense on the hills, Under oak, poplar and terebinth, Because their shade is pleasant. Therefore your daughters play the harlot And your brides commit adultery.

Hosea 13:1
When Ephraim spoke, there was trembling. He exalted himself in Israel, But through Baal he did wrong and died.
Treasury of Scripture

As they called them, so they went from them: they sacrificed to Baalim, and burned incense to graven images.

they called.

Hosea 11:7 And my people are bent to backsliding from me: though they called …

Deuteronomy 29:2-4 And Moses called to all Israel, and said to them, You have seen all …

1 Samuel 8:7-9 And the LORD said to Samuel, Listen to the voice of the people in …

2 Kings 17:13-15 Yet the LORD testified against Israel, and against Judah, by all …

2 Chronicles 36:15,16 And the LORD God of their fathers sent to them by his messengers, …

Nehemiah 9:30 Yet many years did you forbear them, and testified against them by …

Isaiah 30:9-11 That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will …

Jeremiah 35:13 Thus said the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Go and tell the men …

Jeremiah 44:16,17 As for the word that you have spoken to us in the name of the LORD, …

Zechariah 1:4 Be you not as your fathers, to whom the former prophets have cried, …

Zechariah 7:11 But they refused to listen, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped …

Luke 13:34 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which kill the prophets, and stone them that …

John 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, …

Acts 7:51 You stiff necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, you do always …

2 Corinthians 2:15,16 For we are to God a sweet smell of Christ, in them that are saved, …

they sacrificed.

Hosea 2:13 And I will visit on her the days of Baalim, wherein she burned incense …

Hosea 13:1,2 When Ephraim spoke trembling, he exalted himself in Israel; but when …

Judges 2:13 And they forsook the LORD, and served Baal and Ashtaroth.

Judges 3:7 And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and …

Judges 10:6 And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the LORD, …

1 Kings 16:31,32 And it came to pass, as if it had been a light thing for him to walk …

1 Kings 18:19 Now therefore send, and gather to me all Israel to mount Carmel, …

2 Kings 17:16 And they left all the commandments of the LORD their God, and made …

burned.

1 Kings 12:33 So he offered on the altar which he had made in Bethel the fifteenth …

Isaiah 65:7 Your iniquities, and the iniquities of your fathers together, said …

Jeremiah 18:15 Because my people has forgotten me, they have burned incense to vanity…

Jeremiah 44:15 Then all the men which knew that their wives had burned incense to …

(2) As they (i.e., the prophets) called them, so they (Israel) went from them.--Sought to avoid the voice and presence of the men of God.

Verse 2. - As they called them, so they went from them: they sacrificed unto Baalim, and burned incense to graven images.

(1) Adverting to his own call mentioned in the first verse, God here refers to the many subsequent calls which he addressed to them through his servants the prophets and other messengers.

(2) The subject of the verb is erroneously understood by some, as, for example, Aben Ezra and Eichhorn, to be the idols, or their false priests or prophets; while

(3) Jerome is also mistaken in referring the words to the time of Israel's rebelling when Moses and Aaron wished to lead them out of Egypt. The correct reference is that first stated, and the sense is that, instead of appreciating the invitations and monitions of the prophets of God, they showed their utter insensibility and thanklessness, turning away from them in contempt and scorn. Nay, the more the messengers of God called them, the more they turned a deaf ear to those who were their truest friends and best advisers. Pursuing their idolatrous practices, they sacrificed to Baal, that is to say, the various representations of that idol, and burned incense to their images, whether of wood or stone or precious metal. Thus Kimchi correctly comments as follows: "The prophets which I sent to them called to them morning and evening to turn to Jehovah, so (much the more) did they go away from them, not hearkening to their words nor desisting from their evil works." The word כֵן, even so, denoting the measure or relation, corresponds to ואשר to be supplied in the first clause. The imperfects imply continuance of action or a general truth.

(4) The Septuagint rendering, followed by the Syriac, is ἐκ προσώπου μου αὐτοὶ, "from my presence: they;" as if they had read on מִפָנַי הֵם instead of the present text. As they called them, so they went from them,.... That is, the prophets of the Lord, the true prophets, called Israel to the worship and service of God; but they turned a deaf ear to them, and their backs upon them; and the more they called to them, the further they went from them, and from the way of their duty; see Hosea 11:7. So the Targum,

"I sent the prophets to teach them, but they wandered from them;''

Moses and Aaron were sent unto them, and called them out of Egypt, but they hearkened not unto them; see Exodus 6:9; in later times the prophets were sent unto them, to exhort them to their duty, and to reclaim them from their evil ways, but they despised and refused to attend to their advice and instructions; and this was continued to the times of Israel, or the ten tribes, departing from the house of David, and setting up idolatrous worship; and during their revolt and apostasy: but all in vain. So after Christ was called out of Egypt, he and his apostles, and John the Baptist before them, called them to hearken to him, but they turned away from them. Aben Ezra interprets it of the false prophets, who called them to idolatry, and they went after them. Schmidt understands it of the Israelites calling one another to it, and going after it, for their own sakes, and because it pleased them, and was agreeable to them;

they sacrificed to Baalim, and burnt incense to graven images: they joined themselves to Baalpeor, and worshipped the golden calf, fashioned with a graving tool, in the wilderness; they sacrificed to Baalim, one or another of them, in the times of the judges, and of Ahab, and committed idolatry with other graven images, of which burning incense is a part. And the Jews in Christ's time, instead of hearkening to him and his apostles, followed the traditions of the elders, and the dictates of the Scribes and Pharisees, who were their Baals, their lords and masters and they sought for life and righteousness by their own works, which was sacrificing to their net, and burning incense to their drag; all this was great ingratitude. Next follows a narrative of other benefits done to this people. 2. As they called them—"they," namely, monitors sent by Me. "Called," in Ho 11:1, suggests the idea of the many subsequent calls by the prophets.

went from them—turned away in contempt (Jer 2:27).

Baalim—images of Baal, set up in various places.11:1-7 When Israel were weak and helpless as children, foolish and froward as children, then God loved them; he bore them as the nurse does the sucking child, nourished them, and suffered their manners. All who are grown up, ought often to reflect upon the goodness of God to them in their childhood. He took care of them, took pains with them, not only as a father, or a tutor, but as a mother, or nurse. When they were in the wilderness, God showed them the way in which they should go, and bore them up, taking them by the arms. He taught them the way of his commandments by the ceremonial law given by Moses. He took them by the arms, to guide them, that they might not stray, and to hold them up, that they might not stumble and fall. God's spiritual Israel are all thus supported. It is God's work to draw poor souls to himself; and none can come to him except he draw them. With bands of love; this word signifies stronger cords than the former. He eased them of the burdens they had long groaned under. Israel is very ungrateful to God. God's counsels would have saved them, but their own counsels ruined them. They backslide; there is no hold of them, no stedfastness in them. They backslide from me, from God, the chief good. They are bent to backslide; they are ready to sin; they are forward to close with every temptation. Their hearts are fully set in them to do evil. Those only are truly happy, whom the Lord teaches by his Spirit, upholds by his power, and causes to walk in his ways. By his grace he takes away the love and dominion of sin, and creates a desire for the blessed feast of the gospel, that they may feed thereon, and live for ever.
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