Hosea 11

When Israel was a child, then I loved him,

And out of Egypt I called my son.[1]

2They called to them, so they went from them.

They sacrificed to the Baals,

And burned incense to engraved images.

3Yet I taught Ephraim to walk.

I took them by their arms;

But they did not know that I healed them.

4I drew them with cords of a man, with ties of love;

And I was to them like those who lift up the yoke on their necks;

And I bent down to him and I fed him.


5They will not return into the land of Egypt;

But the Assyrian will be their king,

Because they refused to repent.

6The sword will fall on their cities,

And will consume their gate bars,

And will put an end to their plans.

7My people are determined to turn from me.

Though they call to the Most High,

He certainly will not exalt them.


8How can I give you up, Ephraim?

How can I hand you over, Israel?

How can I make you like Admah?

How can I make you like Zeboiim?

My heart is turned within me,

My compassion is aroused.

9I will not execute the fierceness of my anger.

I will not return to destroy Ephraim:

For I am God, and not man; the Holy One among you;

And I will not come in wrath.

10They will walk after Allah,

Who will roar like a lion;

For he will roar, and the children will come trembling from the west.

11They will come trembling like a bird out of Egypt,

And like a dove out of the land of Assyria;

And I will settle them in their houses, says Allah.


12Ephraim surrounds me with falsehood,

And the house of Israel with deceit;

And Judah still is unruly with God,

And is unfaithful to the Holy One.


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[1] 11:1 Quoted in the Injil, Matthew 2:15.