Hosea 11 ©

1 Israel's ingratitude to God for his benefits: 5 God's judgment upon them: 8 his mercy toward them. 12 Ephraim's falsehood, and Judah's fidelity.


WHEN Israel awas a child, then I loved him, and bcalled my son out of Egypt.


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


dI taught Ephraim also to go, taking them by their arms; but ethey knew not that I healed them.


fI drew them with cords of a man, with bands of love: and I was to them as they that 1take off the yoke on their jaws, and gI laid *meat unto them.


hHe shall not return into the land of Egypt, but ithe Assyrian shall be his king, because they refused to return.


jAnd the sword shall abide on his cities, and shall consume his branches, and devour them, kbecause of their own counsels.


And my people are lbent to backsliding from me: mthough they called them to the most High, 2none at all would exalt him.


nHow shall I give thee up, Ephraim? how shall I deliver thee, Israel? how shall I make thee as oAdmah? how shall I set thee as Zeboim? pmine heart is turned within me, my repentings are kindled together.


qI will not execute the fierceness of mine anger, I will not return to destroy Ephraim: for I am God, and not man; the Holy One in the midst of thee: and I will not enter into the city.


rThey shall walk after the LORD: he shall sroar like a lion: when he shall roar, then the children shall ttremble from the west.


uThey shall tremble as a bird out of Egypt, and as a dove out of the land of Assyria: and vI will place them in their houses, saith the LORD.


Ephraim w*compasseth me about with lies, and the house of Israel with deceit: but xJudah yet ruleth with God, and is faithful with 3the saints.