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Hosea 11 Names of God Bible (NOG)

Israel Is Like a Bad Son

11 “When Israel was a child, I loved him,
    and I called my son out of Egypt.
The more I called them,[a] the farther they went away.
    They sacrificed to other gods—the Baals,
        and they burned incense to idols.
I was the one who taught the people of Ephraim to walk.[b]
    I took them by the hand.
        But they didn’t realize that I had healed them.
I led them with cords of human kindness, with ropes of love.
    I removed the yokes[c] from their necks.
        I bent down and fed them.

“They will not return to Egypt.
    Instead, Assyria will rule them
        because they have refused to return to me.
War will sweep through their cities,
    demolish their city gates,
        and put an end to their plans.
My people are determined to turn away from me.
    Even if they call to the Most High,
        he will not pardon them.

“How can I give you up, Ephraim?
    How can I hand you over, Israel?
    How can I make you like Admah?
    How can I treat you like Zeboim?
    I have changed my mind.
        I am deeply moved.
I will not act on my burning anger.
    I will not destroy Ephraim again.
    I am El, not a human.
    I am the Holy One among you,
        and I will not come to you in anger.

10 “My people will follow Yahweh when I roar like a lion.
    When I roar, my children will come trembling from the west.
11 They will come trembling like birds from Egypt
    and like doves from Assyria.
        I will settle them in their own homes,”
            declares Yahweh.[d]

12 “Ephraim surrounds me with lies.
    The nation of Israel surrounds me with deceit.”
    Judah rebels against El, against the Holy One who is faithful.

Footnotes:

  1. Hosea 11:2 Greek; Masoretic Text “The more they called them.”
  2. Hosea 11:3 Or “I was the one who guided Ephraim.”
  3. Hosea 11:4 A yoke is a wooden bar placed over the necks of work animals so that they can pull plows or carts.
  4. Hosea 11:11 Hosea 11:12 in English Bibles is Hosea 12:1 in the Hebrew Bible.
Names of God Bible (NOG)

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Hosea 11 New International Version (NIV)

God’s Love for Israel

11 “When Israel was a child, I loved him,
    and out of Egypt I called my son.
But the more they were called,
    the more they went away from me.[a]
They sacrificed to the Baals
    and they burned incense to images.
It was I who taught Ephraim to walk,
    taking them by the arms;
but they did not realize
    it was I who healed them.
I led them with cords of human kindness,
    with ties of love.
To them I was like one who lifts
    a little child to the cheek,
    and I bent down to feed them.

“Will they not return to Egypt
    and will not Assyria rule over them
    because they refuse to repent?
A sword will flash in their cities;
    it will devour their false prophets
    and put an end to their plans.
My people are determined to turn from me.
    Even though they call me God Most High,
    I will by no means exalt them.

“How can I give you up, Ephraim?
    How can I hand you over, Israel?
How can I treat you like Admah?
    How can I make you like Zeboyim?
My heart is changed within me;
    all my compassion is aroused.
I will not carry out my fierce anger,
    nor will I devastate Ephraim again.
For I am God, and not a man
    the Holy One among you.
    I will not come against their cities.
10 They will follow the Lord;
    he will roar like a lion.
When he roars,
    his children will come trembling from the west.
11 They will come from Egypt,
    trembling like sparrows,
    from Assyria, fluttering like doves.
I will settle them in their homes,”
    declares the Lord.

Israel’s Sin

12 Ephraim has surrounded me with lies,
    Israel with deceit.
And Judah is unruly against God,
    even against the faithful Holy One.[b]

Footnotes:

  1. Hosea 11:2 Septuagint; Hebrew them
  2. Hosea 11:12 In Hebrew texts this verse (11:12) is numbered 12:1.
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