The ingratitude of Israel unto God for his benefits.
Hosea 11:1 As the morning passeth, so hath the king of Israel passed away. Because Israel was a child, and I loved him: and I called my son out of Egypt. Hosea 11:2 As they called them, they went away from before their face: they offered victims to Baalim, and sacrificed to idols. Hosea 11:3 And I was like a foster father to Ephraim, I carried them in my arms: and they knew not that I healed them. Hosea 11:4 I will draw them with the cords of Adam, with the bands of love: and I will be to them as one that taketh off the yoke on their jaws: and I put his meat to him that he might eat.
Hosea 11:5 He shall not return into the land of Egypt, but the Assyrian shall be his king: because they would not be converted. Hosea 11:6 The sword hath begun in his cities, and it shall consume his chosen men, and shall devour their heads. Hosea 11:7 And my people shall long for my return: but a yoke shall be put upon them together, which shall not be taken off.
God's mercy toward them.
Hosea 11:8 How shall I deal with thee, O Ephraim, shall I protect thee, O Israel? how shall I make thee as Adama, shall I set thee as Seboim? my heart is turned within me, my repentance is stirred up. Hosea 11:9 I will not execute the fierceness of my wrath: I will not return to destroy Ephraim: because I am God, and not man: the holy one in the midst of thee, and I will not enter into the city. Hosea 11:10 They shall walk after the Lord, he shall roar as a lion: because he shall roar, and the children of the sea shall fear. Hosea 11:11 And they shall fly away like a bird out of Egypt, and like a dove out of the land of the Assyrians: and I will place them in their own houses, saith the Lord. Hosea 11:12 Ephraim hath compassed me about with denials, and the house of Israel with deceit: but Juda went down as a witness with God, and is faithful with the saints.