Hosea 11:4
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New International Version
I led them with cords of human kindness, with ties of love. To them I was like one who lifts a little child to the cheek, and I bent down to feed them.

New Living Translation
I led Israel along with my ropes of kindness and love. I lifted the yoke from his neck, and I myself stooped to feed him.

English Standard Version
I led them with cords of kindness, with the bands of love, and I became to them as one who eases the yoke on their jaws, and I bent down to them and fed them.

New American Standard Bible
I led them with cords of a man, with bonds of love, And I became to them as one who lifts the yoke from their jaws; And I bent down and fed them.

King James Bible
I drew them with cords of a man, with bands of love: and I was to them as they that take off the yoke on their jaws, and I laid meat unto them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I led them with human cords, with ropes of love. To them I was like one who eases the yoke from their jaws; I bent down to give them food.

International Standard Version
I guided them with human kindness, with loving reins. I acted toward them like one who removes a yoke from their neck; I bent down and fed them.

NET Bible
I led them with leather cords, with leather ropes; I lifted the yoke from their neck, and gently fed them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I led them with cords of human kindness, with ropes of love. I removed the yokes from their necks. I bent down and fed them.

JPS Tanakh 1917
I drew them with cords of a man, With bands of love; And I was to them as they that take off the yoke on their jaws, And I fed them gently.

New American Standard 1977
I led them with cords of a man, with bonds of love,
            And I became to them as one who lifts the yoke from their jaws;
            And I bent down and fed them.

Jubilee Bible 2000
I drew them with human cords, with bands of love, and I was to them as those that raise the yoke from upon their cheeks, and I fed them.

King James 2000 Bible
I drew them with cords of compassion, with bands of love: and I was to them as they that take off the yoke from their jaws, and I laid food before them.

American King James Version
I drew them with cords of a man, with bands of love: and I was to them as they that take off the yoke on their jaws, and I laid meat to them.

American Standard Version
I drew them with cords of a man, with bands of love; and I was to them as they that lift up the yoke on their jaws; and I laid food before them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I will draw them with the cords of Adam, with the bands of love : and I will be to them as one that taketh off the yoke on their jaws: and I put his meat to him that he might eat.

Darby Bible Translation
I drew them with bands of a man, with cords of love; and I was to them as they that take off the yoke on their jaws, and I gently caused them to eat.

English Revised Version
I drew them with cords of a man, with bands of love; and I was to them as they that take off the yoke on their jaws, and I laid meat before them.

Webster's Bible Translation
I drew them with cords of a man, with bands of love: and I was to them as they that take off the yoke on their jaws, and I laid food for them.

World English Bible
I drew them with cords of a man, with ties of love; and I was to them like those who lift up the yoke on their necks; and I bent down to him and I fed him.

Young's Literal Translation
With cords of man I do draw them, With thick cords of love, And I am to them as a raiser up of a yoke on their jaws, And I incline unto him -- I feed him.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
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.
Study Bible
Out of Egypt I called my Son
3Yet it is I who taught Ephraim to walk, I took them in My arms; But they did not know that I healed them. 4I led them with cords of a man, with bonds of love, And I became to them as one who lifts the yoke from their jaws; And I bent down and fed them. 5They will not return to the land of Egypt; But Assyria-- he will be their king Because they refused to return to Me.…
Cross References
John 6:44
"No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day.

Exodus 16:32
Then Moses said, "This is what the LORD has commanded, 'Let an omerful of it be kept throughout your generations, that they may see the bread that I fed you in the wilderness, when I brought you out of the land of Egypt.'"

Leviticus 26:13
I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt so that you would not be their slaves, and I broke the bars of your yoke and made you walk erect.

Psalm 78:25
Man did eat the bread of angels; He sent them food in abundance.

Jeremiah 31:2
Thus says the LORD, "The people who survived the sword Found grace in the wilderness-- Israel, when it went to find its rest."

Jeremiah 31:3
The LORD appeared to him from afar, saying, "I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness.
Treasury of Scripture

I drew them with cords of a man, with bands of love: and I was to them as they that take off the yoke on their jaws, and I laid meat to them.

drew.

Songs 1:4 Draw me, we will run after you: the king has brought me into his …

Isaiah 63:9 In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence …

John 6:44 No man can come to me, except the Father which has sent me draw him: …

John 12:32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to me.

2 Corinthians 5:14 For the love of Christ constrains us; because we thus judge, that …

of a.

2 Samuel 7:14 I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, …

I was.

Leviticus 26:13 I am the LORD your God, which brought you forth out of the land of …

take off. Heb. lift up. and I laid.

Hosea 2:8 For she did not know that I gave her corn, and wine, and oil, and …

Psalm 78:23-25 Though he had commanded the clouds from above, and opened the doors of heaven…

Psalm 105:40 The people asked, and he brought quails, and satisfied them with …

John 6:32-58 Then Jesus said to them, Truly, truly, I say to you, Moses gave you …

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