1599 Geneva Bible
11 1 The benefits of the Lord toward Israel. 5 Their ingratitude against him.
1 When Israel [a]was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt.
2 They called them, but they [b]went thus from them: they sacrificed unto Baal, and burnt incense to images.
3 I led Ephraim also, as one should bear them in his arms: but they knew not that I healed them.
4 I led them with cords [c]of a man, even with bands of love, and I was to them, as he was taketh off the yoke from their jaws, and I laid the meat unto them.
5 He shall no more return into the land of Egypt: but Assyria shall be his [d]King, because they refused to convert.
6 And the sword shall fall on his cities, and shall consume his bars, and devour them, because of their own counsels.
7 And my people are bent to rebellion against me: though [e]they called them to the most high, yet none at all would exalt him.
8 [f]How shall I give thee up, Ephraim? how shall I deliver thee, Israel? how shall I make thee, as [g]Admah? how shall I set thee, as Zeboim? mine heart is turned within me: [h]my repentings are rouled together.
9 I will not execute the fierceness of my wrath: 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 [i]enter into the city.
10 They shall walk after the Lord: he shall roar like a lion: when he shall roar, then the children of the West shall fear.
11 [j]They shall fear as a sparrow out of Egypt, and as a dove out of the land of Assyria, and I will place them in their houses, saith the Lord.
12 Ephraim compasseth me about with lies, and the house of Israel with deceit: but Judah yet ruleth with [k]God, and is faithful with the Saints.
- Hosea 11:1 While the Israelites were in Egypt, and did not provoke my wrath by their malice and ingratitude.
- Hosea 11:2 They rebelled and went a contrary way when the Prophets called them to repentance.
- Hosea 11:4 That is, friendly: and not as beasts or slaves.
- Hosea 11:5 Seeing they contemn all this kindness, they shall be led captive into Assyria.
- Hosea 11:7 To wit, the Prophets.
- Hosea 11:8 God considereth with himself, and that with a certain grief, how to punish them.
- Hosea 11:8 Which were two of the cities that were destroyed with Sodom, Deut. 29:23.
- Hosea 11:8 Meaning, that his love wherewith he first loved them, made him between doubt and assurance what to do: and herein appeareth his Fatherly affection: that his mercy toward his shall overcome his judgments, as he declareth in the next verse.
- Hosea 11:9 To consume thee, but will cause thee to yield, and so receive thee to mercy: and this is meant of the final number who shall walk after the Lord.
- Hosea 11:11 The Egyptians, and the Assyrians shall be afraid when the Lord maintaineth his people.
- Hosea 11:12 Governeth their state according to God’s word, and doth not degenerate.