Hosea 11



1 When Israel was a lad, then I loved him, and called My son out·​·of Egypt.

2 As they called them, so they went from before them; they sacrificed unto Baalim, and burned·​·incense to graven images.

3 And I taught Ephraim to go, taking them by their arms; but they knew not that I healed them.

4 I drew them with the cords of man, with ropes of love; and I was to them as those who lift·​·up the yoke from upon their jaws, and I leaned·​·over* to them to cause them to eat.

5 He shall not return into the land of Egypt, but Assyria shall be his king, because they refused to return.

6 And the sword shall travail on his cities, and shall consume·​·all his poles, and devour on·​·account·​·of their own counsels.

7 And My people are swayed* to turn·​·back from Me; and they called them upward, but together they would not exalt.

8 How shall I give thee up, O Ephraim and deliver thee, O Israel? How shall I give thee over as Admah and set thee as Zeboim? My heart is turned upon Me, My repentings yearned together.

9 I shall not do the fierceness of My anger, I shall not return to destroy Ephraim; for I am God, and not a man; the Holy·​·One among thee; and I will not come into the city.

10 After Jehovah they shall go; He shall roar as a lion; for He shall roar, and the sons from the sea shall·​·be·​·frightened.

11 They shall be·​·frightened as a bird out·​·of Egypt, and as a dove out·​·of the land of Assyria; and I will cause them to dwell in their houses, says Jehovah.

12 12:1 Ephraim surrounds Me with denial, and the house of Israel with deceit; but Judah still dominates with God, and is·​·faithful with the holy·​·ones.

Thanks to the Kempton Project for the permission to use this New Church translation of the Word.