Hosea 11

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1 When Israel was a child he was dear to me; and I took my son out of Egypt.

2 When I sent for them, then they went away from me; they made offerings to the Baals, burning perfumes to images.

3 But I was guiding Ephraim's footsteps; I took them up in my arms, but they were not conscious that I was ready to make them well.

4 I made them come after me with the cords of a man, with the bands of love; I was to them as one who took the yoke from off their mouths, putting meat before them.

5 He will go back to the land of Egypt and the Assyrian will be his king, because they would not come back to me.

6 And the sword will go through his towns, wasting his children and causing destruction because of their evil designs.

7 My people are given up to sinning against me; though their voice goes up on high, no one will be lifting them up.

8 How may I give you up, O Ephraim? how may I be your saviour, O Israel? how may I make you like Admah? how may I do to you as I did to Zeboim? My heart is turned in me, it is soft with pity.

9 I will not put into effect the heat of my wrath; I will not again send destruction on Ephraim; for I am God and not man, the Holy One among you; I will not put an end to you.

10 They will go after the Lord; his cry will be like that of a lion; his cry will be loud, and the children will come from the west, shaking with fear;

11 Shaking with fear like a bird, they will come out of Egypt, like a dove out of the land of Assyria: and I will give them rest in their houses, says the Lord.

12 The deceit of Ephraim and the false words of Israel are about me on every side. ...

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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References from Swedenborg's unpublished works: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, ...

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Word/Phrase Explanations

israel
'Israel,' in Jeremiah 23:8, signifies the spiritual natural church. The children of Israel dispersed all the literal sense of the Word by falsities. 'The children...

child
A child is a young boy or girl in the care of parents, older than a suckling or an infant, but not yet an adolescent....

son
'A son,' as in Genesis 5:28, signifies the rise of a new church. 'Son,' as in Genesis 24:3, signifies the Lord’s rationality regarding good. 'A...

egypt
'Mizraim' signifies the same thing as Egypt.

Offerings
'Offerings' signify worship.

baals
Baalim and her lovers (Hosea 2:13) signify those things which belong to the natural man, and are loved; such as the lusts and falsities thence...

images
'Images' denote things fashioned from man’s own intelligence.

ephraim
Ephraim was the second son born to Joseph in Egypt and was, along with his older brother Manasseh, elevated by Jacob to the same status...

arms
Arms and feet (Daniel 10:6) signify the exterior things of the Word, which are its literal sense.

well
A pit,' or 'well which has no water,' as in Jeremiah 2:13, signifies doctrines which have no truths.

cords
Rope or cord denotes conjunction.

back
Everyone knows the phrase "the natural order of things." It means that everything is in its proper place, occupying the niche it is meant to...

land
'Lands' of different nations are used in the Word to signify the different kinds of love prevalent in the inhabitants.

sword
A 'sword,' in the Word, signifies the truth of faith combating and the vastation of truth. In an opposite sense, it signifies falsity combating and...

High
'Height' signifies what is inward, and also heaven.

give
Like other common verbs, the meaning of "give" in the Bible is affected by context: who is giving what to whom? In general, though, giving...

saviour
The Lord from the essential divine, through the divine human, is the savior. The Lord became the savior by His spiritual temptations, or combats.

to
‘To grieve at heart’ is in reference to love, and ‘to repent,’ to wisdom, as in Genesis 6:6.

heart
The heart means love. A good heart means love to the Lord and to the neighbor while a hard or stony heart means the love...

turned
Swedenborg says that the Lord is the sun of heaven, and like the natural sun of our world shines on everyone, good or evil. What...

Put
'To put' has reference to order, arrangement, application, and influx.

wrath
'Wrath,' as in Genesis 49:7, signifies aversion from truth. 'Great wrath,' as in Revelation 12:12, signifies hatred against the new church.

man
The relationship between men and women is deep and nuanced, and one entire book of the Writings – Conjugial Love or Love in Marriage –...

Go after
To go after or to follow, as in Genesis 24:8, signifies to be separated from the natural, and conjoined to the rational principle.

after
According to Swedenborg, time and space don’t exist in spiritual reality; they are purely natural things that exist only on the physical plane. This means...

the Lord
The Bible refers to the Lord in many different ways, which from the text seem indistinguishable and interchangeable. Understood in the internal sense, though, there...

lord
The Lord, in the simplest terms, is love itself expressed as wisdom itself. In philosophic terms, love is the Lord's substance and wisdom is His...

lion
'A lion' signifies the good of celestial love and the truth from that good.

bird
"Birds" mean rational concepts in the external man and intellectual concepts in the internal man.

dove
'A turtle dove' and 'young pigeon,' as in Genesis 15:9, represents exterior and interior spiritual things.

says
As with many common verbs, the meaning of “to say” in the Bible is highly dependent on context. Who is speaking? Who is hearing? What...

deceit
The spiritual meaning of being deceitful is pretty close to the literal meaning: According to the Writings it means using false thinking and logic to...

Side
'Side' signifies good or spiritual love.


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