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The Beloved Son

11 When Israel was a youth I loved him,
And (A)out of Egypt I (B)called My son.
The more [a](C)they called them,
The more they went from [b]them;
They kept (D)sacrificing to the Baals
And (E)burning incense to graven images.
Yet it is I who taught Ephraim to walk;
[c]I (F)took them in My arms;
But they did not know that I (G)healed them.
I (H)led them with cords of a man, with bonds of love,
And (I)I became to them as one who lifts the yoke from their jaws;
And I bent down and (J)fed them.

[d]They will not return to the land of Egypt;
But Assyria—he will be [e]their king
Because they (K)refused to return to Me.
And the (L)sword will whirl against [f]their cities
And will consume [g]their gate bars
And (M)devour them because of their (N)counsels.
So My people are hung up on (O)turning from Me.
Though [h]they call [i]them to the One on high,
None at all exalts Him.

(P)How can I give you up, O Ephraim?
How can I surrender you, O Israel?
How can I give you over to be like (Q)Admah?
How can I make you like (R)Zeboiim?
My heart is turned over within Me;
[j]All My compassions are stirred.
I will (S)not execute My burning anger;
I will not make Ephraim a ruin (T)again.
For (U)I am God and not man, the (V)Holy One in your midst,
And I will not come in [k]wrath.
10 They will (W)walk after Yahweh;
He will (X)roar like a lion;
Indeed, He will roar,
And His sons will come (Y)trembling from the west.
11 They will come trembling like birds from (Z)Egypt
And like (AA)doves from the land of (AB)Assyria;
And I will (AC)settle them in their houses, declares Yahweh.

12 [l]Ephraim surrounds Me with [m](AD)lies
And the house of Israel with deceit;
And Judah is also unruly against God,
Even against the Holy One who is faithful.


  1. Hosea 11:2 God’s prophets
  2. Hosea 11:2 God’s prophets
  3. Hosea 11:3 As in ancient versions; Heb He...His
  4. Hosea 11:5 Lit He
  5. Hosea 11:5 Lit his
  6. Hosea 11:6 Lit his
  7. Hosea 11:6 Lit his
  8. Hosea 11:7 God’s prophets
  9. Hosea 11:7 Israel; lit him
  10. Hosea 11:8 Lit Together
  11. Hosea 11:9 Lit excitement
  12. Hosea 11:12 Ch 12:1 in Heb
  13. Hosea 11:12 Lit lie