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Hosea 11

God is the Loving Father of His People

1When Israel was a child [a young nation], I loved him,
And I called My son out of Egypt.

The more they [the prophets] called them [to repentance and obedience],
The more they went away from them;
They kept sacrificing to the Baals
And burning incense to the carved images.

Yet it is I who taught Ephraim to walk,
Taking them in My arms [nurturing the young nation];
But they did not know that I healed them.

I led them gently with cords of a man, with bonds of love [guiding them],
And I was to them as one who lifts up and eases the yoke [of the law] over their jaws;
And I bent down to them and fed them.


They will not return to the land of Egypt,
But Assyria will be their king [bringing them into captivity]
Because they refused to return to Me.

The sword will whirl against and fall on their cities,
And will demolish the bars of their gates and fortifications
And will consume them because of their counsels.

My people are bent on turning from Me;
Though the prophets call them to the One on high,
None at all exalts Him.


How can I give you up, O Ephraim?
How can I surrender you, O Israel?
How can I make you like Admah?
How can I treat you like [a]Zeboiim?
My heart recoils within Me;
All My compassions are kindled together [for My nation of Israel].

I will not execute the fierceness of My anger;
I will not return to Ephraim to destroy him again.
For I am God and not man, the Holy One in your midst [who will not revoke My covenant],
And I will not come in wrath or enter the city [in judgment].
10 
They will walk after the Lord [in obedience and worship],
Who will roar like a lion;
He will roar [summoning them]
And His sons will come trembling from the west.
11 
They will come trembling and hurriedly like birds from Egypt
And like doves from the land of Assyria;
And I will settle them in their houses [in the land of their inheritance], declares the Lord.

12 
Ephraim surrounds Me with lies
And the house of Israel with deceit;
Judah is also unruly against God,
Even against the faithful Holy One.

Footnotes

  1. Hosea 11:8 The cities totally destroyed with Sodom.

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Oseas 11

El amor de Dios por Israel

1«Desde que Israel era niño, yo lo amé;
    de Egipto llamé a mi hijo.
Pero cuanto más lo llamaba,
    más se alejaba de mí.[a]
Ofrecía sacrificios a los falsos dioses[b]
    y quemaba incienso a las imágenes.
Yo fui quien enseñó a caminar a Efraín;
    yo fui quien lo tomó de la mano.
Pero él no quiso reconocer
    que era yo quien lo sanaba.
Lo atraje con cuerdas de ternura,[c]
    lo atraje con lazos de amor.
Le quité de la cerviz el yugo,
    y con ternura me acerqué para alimentarlo.

»No volverán a Egipto,
    sino que Asiria reinará sobre ellos,
    porque no quisieron volverse a mí.
En sus ciudades se blandirán espadas,
    que destrozarán los barrotes de sus puertas
    y acabarán con sus planes.
Mi pueblo está resuelto a renegar de mi nombre;
    por eso, aunque me invoquen, no los exaltaré.

»¿Cómo podría yo entregarte, Efraín?
    ¿Cómo podría abandonarte, Israel?
¡Yo no podría entregarte como entregué a Admá!
    ¡Yo no podría abandonarte como a Zeboyín!
Dentro de mí, el corazón me da vuelcos,
    y se me conmueven las entrañas.
Pero no daré rienda suelta a mi ira,
    ni volveré a destruir a Efraín.
Porque en medio de ti no está un hombre,
    sino que estoy yo, el Dios santo,
    y no atacaré la ciudad».

10 El Señor rugirá como león,
    y ellos lo seguirán.
Cuando el Señor lance su rugido,
    sus hijos vendrán temblando de occidente.

11 «Vendrán desde Egipto, temblando como aves;
    vendrán desde Asiria, temblando como palomas,
    y yo los estableceré en sus casas
            —afirma el Señor—.

El pecado de Israel

12 »Efraín me ha rodeado con mentiras,
    y el reino de Israel, con engaños;
Judá anda errante, lejos de Dios;
    ¡lejos del Dios santísimo y fiel!

Footnotes

  1. 11:2 llamaba … de mí (LXX); llamaban … de ellos (TM).
  2. 11:2 falsos dioses. Lit. baales.
  3. 11:4 de ternura. Lit. humanas.