Hosea 11

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1 When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt.

2 The more [the prophets] called them, the more they went from them: they sacrificed unto the Baalim, and burned incense to graven images.

3 Yet I taught Ephraim to walk; I took them on my arms; but they knew not that I healed them.

4 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.

5 They shall not return into the land of Egypt; but the Assyrian shall be their king, because they refused to return [to me].

6 And the sword shall fall upon their cities, and shall consume their bars, and devour [them], because of their own counsels.

7 And my people are bent on backsliding from me: though they call them to [him that is] on high, none at all will exalt [him].

8 How shall I give thee up, Ephraim? [how] shall I cast thee off, Israel? how shall I make thee as Admah? [how] shall I set thee as Zeboiim? my heart is turned within me, my compassions are kindled together.

9 I 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 come in wrath.

10 They shall walk after Jehovah, who will roar like a lion; for he will roar, and the children shall come trembling from the west.

11 They shall come trembling as a bird out of Egypt, and as a dove out of the land of Assyria; and I will make them to dwell in their houses, saith Jehovah.

12 Ephraim compasseth me about with falsehood, and the house of Israel with deceit; but Judah yet ruleth with God, and is faithful with the Holy One.

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From Swedenborg's Works

Main explanations:

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 194


Other references to this chapter:

Arcana Coelestia 588, 870, 1165, 1186, 1462, 1502, 2135, ...

Apocalypse Revealed 238, 241, 471, 503, 543, 624, 757

Sacred Scripture 79

True Christian Religion 247


References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 275, 278, 324, 448, 601, 654, 724, ...

Other New Christian Commentary

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Word/Phrase Explanations

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loved
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called
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egypt
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baalim
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Images
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walk
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arms
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knew
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cords
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return
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land
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Cities
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call
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high
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give
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anger
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man
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come
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after
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lion
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children
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bird
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dove
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saith
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