Hosea 13:5
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New International Version
I cared for you in the wilderness, in the land of burning heat.

New Living Translation
I took care of you in the wilderness, in that dry and thirsty land.

English Standard Version
It was I who knew you in the wilderness, in the land of drought;

New American Standard Bible
I cared for you in the wilderness, In the land of drought.

King James Bible
I did know thee in the wilderness, in the land of great drought.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I knew you in the wilderness, in the land of drought.

International Standard Version
I took care of you in the wilderness, in a waterless land.

NET Bible
I cared for you in the wilderness, in the dry desert where no water was.

New Heart English Bible
I fed you in the wilderness, in the land of great drought.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I took care of you in the desert, in a dry land.

JPS Tanakh 1917
I did know thee in the wilderness, In the land of great drought.

New American Standard 1977
I cared for you in the wilderness,
            In the land of drought.

Jubilee Bible 2000
I knew thee in the wilderness, in the dry land.

King James 2000 Bible
I did know you in the wilderness, in the land of great drought.

American King James Version
I did know you in the wilderness, in the land of great drought.

American Standard Version
I did know thee in the wilderness, in the land of great drought.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I knew thee in the desert, in the land of the wilderness.

Darby Bible Translation
I knew thee in the wilderness, in the land of drought.

English Revised Version
I did know thee in the wilderness, in the land of great drought.

Webster's Bible Translation
I did know thee in the wilderness, in the land of great drouth.

World English Bible
I knew you in the wilderness, in the land of great drought.

Young's Literal Translation
I -- I have known thee in a wilderness, In a land of droughts.
Study Bible
God's Anger
4Yet I have been the LORD your God Since the land of Egypt; And you were not to know any god except Me, For there is no savior besides Me. 5I cared for you in the wilderness, In the land of drought. 6As they had their pasture, they became satisfied, And being satisfied, their heart became proud; Therefore they forgot Me.…
Cross References
Genesis 31:40
"Thus I was: by day the heat consumed me and the frost by night, and my sleep fled from my eyes.

Deuteronomy 2:7
"For the LORD your God has blessed you in all that you have done; He has known your wanderings through this great wilderness. These forty years the LORD your God has been with you; you have not lacked a thing."'

Deuteronomy 8:15
"He led you through the great and terrible wilderness, with its fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty ground where there was no water; He brought water for you out of the rock of flint.

Deuteronomy 32:10
"He found him in a desert land, And in the howling waste of a wilderness; He encircled him, He cared for him, He guarded him as the pupil of His eye.
Treasury of Scripture

I did know you in the wilderness, in the land of great drought.

know.

Exodus 2:25 And God looked on the children of Israel, and God had respect to them.

Psalm 1:6 For the LORD knows the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly …

Psalm 31:7 I will be glad and rejoice in your mercy: for you have considered …

Psalm 142:3 When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then you knew my path. …

Nahum 1:7 The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knows …

1 Corinthians 8:3 But if any man love God, the same is known of him.

Galatians 4:9 But now, after that you have known God, or rather are known of God, …

in the wilderness.

Deuteronomy 2:7 For the LORD your God has blessed you in all the works of your hand: …

Deuteronomy 8:15 Who led you through that great and terrible wilderness, wherein were …

Deuteronomy 32:10 He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; …

Jeremiah 2:2,6 Go and cry in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, Thus said the LORD; …

great drought. Heb. droughts.

Psalm 63:1 O God, you are my God; early will I seek you: my soul thirsts for …

Verse 5. - I did know thee in the wilderness. The pronoun at the beginning of the verse is emphatic: As for me; or, I it was that knew thee. The meaning of the sentiment is: I acknowledged thee with kindness, with paternal care and kind providence watching over thee. "Thou shouldest gratefully acknowledge me," is the comment of Kimchi, "because I knew thee in the wilderness, and cared for thy necessity in the wilderness, in which there were no means of livelihood." In the land of great drought. The root of the word תַּלְאוּבֹת is לאב, unused in Hebrew, but signifying, in Arabic, "to burn, dry, be dry," akin to לָחַב. Aben Ezra correctly explains it to be "a dry and thirsty laud, and so in the Arabic language; and (that it is so called) on account of all hardships being in it, is the allegorical explanation and not the literal sense." Instead of a lengthened enumeration of all God's loving-kindnesses to Israel at the Exodus and during the desert wanderings, the prophet sums up all in the expressive, "the Lord thy God from the land of Egypt;" and "I it was that did know thee in the wilderness." It is as though he had said, "I pitied thee in the bondage and among the brick-kilns of Egypt; I brought thee forth with a strong hand and outstretched arm; I led thee through the wilderness; I relieved thee in thy straits; I gave thee bread from heaven to satisfy thy hunger, and water from the rock to quench thy thirst; I defended thee from enemies; nor did I relax my care till I gave thee the goodly laud of promise." I did know thee in the wilderness,.... Where there were no food nor drink, where were scorpions, serpents, and beasts of prey; there the Lord knew them, owned them, and showed a fatherly affection for them, and care of them; and fed them with manna and quails, and guided and directed them in the way, and protected and preserved them from their enemies, and from all hurt and danger. So the Targum explains it,

"I sufficiently supplied their necessities in the wilderness:''

in the land of great drought; or, "of droughts" (c); the word is only used in this place; and is by Aben Ezra interpreted a dry and thirsty land; and so he says it signifies in the Arabic language and the same is observed by the father of Kimchi, and by R. Jonah (d); but is by some rendered "torrid" (e), or "inflamed", as if it had the signification of a Hebrew word which signifies a flame: and the Targum takes it to be akin to another, which signifies to "desire", rendering it,

"in a land in which thou desirest everything;''

that is, wants everything. The first seems best, and is a fit a description of the wilderness, which was a place of drought, wherein was no water, Deuteronomy 8:15.

(c) "an terra siccitatum", Vatablus, Drusius, Schmidt. (d) Apud R. Sol. Urbin. Ohel Moed. fol. 35. 1.((e) "In terra torridonum locorum", Montanus; "torridissima", Junius & Tremellius, Heb. "infammationum", Piscator. 5. I did know thee—did acknowledge thee as Mine, and so took care of thee (Ps 144:3; Am 3:2). As I knew thee as Mine, so thou shouldest know no God but Me (Ho 13:4).

in … land of … drought—(De 8:15).13:1-8 While Ephraim kept up a holy fear of God, and worshipped Him in that fear, so long he was very considerable. When Ephraim forsook God, and followed idolatry, he sunk. Let the men that sacrifice kiss the calves, in token of their adoration of them, affection for them, and obedience to them; but the Lord will not give his glory to another, and therefore all that worship images shall be confounded. No solid, lasting comfort, is to be expected any where but in God. God not only took care of the Israelites in the wilderness, he put them in possession of Canaan, a good land; but worldly prosperity, when it feeds men's pride, makes them forgetful of God. Therefore the Lord would meet them in just vengeance, as the most terrible beast that inhabited their forests. Abused goodness calls for greater severity.
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