The ingratitude of Israel unto God for his benefits.
Hosea 11:1 When Israel [was] a childe, then I loued him, and called my sonne out of Egypt. Hosea 11:2 [As] they called them, so they went from them: they sacrificed vnto Baalim, and burnt incense to grauen images. Hosea 11:3 I taught Ephraim also to goe, taking them by their armes: but they knew not that I healed them. Hosea 11:4 I drew them with cords of a man, with bands of loue, and I was to them as they that take off the yoke on their iawes, and I laid meat vnto them.
Hosea 11:5 He shall not returne into the land of Egypt; but the Assyrian shall be his king, because they refused to returne Hosea 11:6 And the sword shall abide on his cities, and shall consume his branches, and deuoure [them], because of their own counsels. Hosea 11:7 And my people are bent to backesliding from mee: though they called them to the most High, none at all would exalt [him].
God's mercy toward them.
Hosea 11:8 How shall I giue thee vp, Ephraim? [how] shall I deliuer thee, Israel? how shall I make thee as Admah? [how] shall I set thee as Zeboim? mine heart is turned within mee, my repentings are kindled together. Hosea 11:9 I will not execute the fiercenes of mine anger, I will not returne to destroy Ephraim, for I [am] God, and not man, the Holy One in the midst of thee, and I will not enter into the citie. Hosea 11:10 They shal walke after the LORD: he shall roare like a lyon: when he shall roare, then the children shall tremble from the West. Hosea 11:11 They shall tremble as a bird out of Egypt, and as a doue out of the land of Assyria: and I will place them in their houses, saith the LORD. Hosea 11:12 Ephraim compasseth mee about with lies, and the house of Israel with deceit: but Iudah yet ruleth with God, and is faithfull with the Saints.