Hosea 11 – “Yahweh Has Second Thoughts”

Hebrew-English Text
I. Summary
After vowing to destroy Israel, Yahweh has a change of heart and promises to return the people to their land.

II. Photo
God remembers Israel’s bygone days: “I fell in love with Israel when he was still a child; And I have called [him] my son ever since Egypt.” (v. 1)

III. Important Verses
1: I fell in love with Israel When he was still a child; And I have called [him] My son Ever since Egypt.
2: Thus were they called, But they went their own way; They sacrifice to Baalim And offer to carved images.
5-6: No! They return to the land of Egypt, And Assyria is their king. Because they refuse to repent, A sword shall descend upon their towns And consume their limbs And devour [them] because of their designs.
8-9: How can I give you up, O Ephraim? How surrender you, O Israel? How can I make you like Admah, Render you like Zeboiim? I have had a change of heart, All My tenderness is stirred. I will not act on My wrath, Will not turn to destroy Ephraim. For I am God, not man, The Holy One in your midst: I will not come in fury.
10-11: The LORD will roar like a lion, And they shall march behind Him; When He roars, His children shall come Fluttering out of the west. They shall flutter from Egypt like sparrows, From the land of Assyria like doves; And I will settle them in their homes — declares the LORD.

IV. Outline
1. God’s past relationship with Israel
2-5. Israel’s idol worship and allegiance to Egypt and Assyria
6-7. Israels forthcoming punishment
8-11. God changes his mind and will not destroy Israel

V. Comment
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VI. Works Used
(see “Commentaries” page)
Collins, John J. “Introduction to the Hebrew Bible,” (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2004).
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