The ingratitude of Israel unto God for his benefits.
Hosea 11:1 When Israel was younge, I loued him: & called him my sonne out of the lande of Egipte. Hosea 11:2 But the more they were called the more they went backe, offeringe vnto Idols, and ceasinge Images. Hosea 11:3 I learned Ephraim to go, & bare them in mine armes, but they regarded not me, that would haue helped them. Hosea 11:4 I led them with coardes of frendshyppe, and bandes of loue. I was euen he, that layed the yocke vpon their neckes. I gaue them my foder my self,
Hosea 11:5 that they should not go againe into Egipt. And nowe is Assur their kinge: For they woulde not turne vnto me. Hosea 11:6 Therfore shall the swerde beginne in their cities, the stoare that they haue laied vp, shalbe destroyed and eaten: and that because of their own ymaginacyons. Hosea 11:7 My people had no lust to turne vnto me, their prophetes laye the yocke vpon them, but they ease them not of their burthen.
God's mercy toward them.
Hosea 11:8 What greate thinges haue I geuen the, O Ephraim? how faythfully haue I defended the, O Israel? haue I dealt wt the as with Adama? or haue I entreated the lyke Seboim? No, my herte is otherwyse minded. Yea, my mercye is to feruent: Hosea 11:9 therfore haue I not turned me to destroye Ephraim in my wrothfull displeasure. For I am God and no man, I am euen that holy one in the middest of the, thoughe I came not within the cyty. Hosea 11:10 The Lorde roareth lyke a Lyon, that they maye folowe him: yea as a lyon roareth he, that they may be afrayed like the children of the sea: Hosea 11:11 that they may be scatred away from Egipt, as men scarre byrdes: & frayed away (as doues vse to be) from the Assirians lande: & that because I woulde haue them to tary at home, sayeth the Lorde. Hosea 11:12 But Ephraim goeth about me with lyes, & the house of Israel dissembleth. Onelye Iuda beholdeth him with God, and with the true holy thinges.