The ingratitude of Israel unto God for his benefits.
Hosea 11:1 When Israel was, a child, then I loved him,and, out of Egypt, called I my son. Hosea 11:2 They invited them,at once, they departed from before me, they, to the Baals, sacrificed, and, to the images, offered incense. Hosea 11:3 Yet, I, had taught Ephraim to walk, I used to take them upon mine arms,But they acknowledged not that I had healed them. Hosea 11:4 With human cords, used I to draw them, with the bands of love, so became I unto them like those who remove the yoke [that was] on their jaws,and, holding out [food] to him, I let him eat.
Hosea 11:5 He was not to turn back into the land of Egypt, Howbeit, the Assyrianhe, became his king, for they refused to turn. Hosea 11:6 Therefore shall the sword, rage, in his cities, and make an end of his multitudes, and consume them,because of their counsels. Hosea 11:7 But, my people, are bent towards turning from me, though upwards they call them, none of them can lift them.
God's mercy toward them.
Hosea 11:8 How can I give thee up, Ephraim? abandon thee Israel? How can I make thee as Admah? set thee as Zeboim? Mine own heart, turneth against me, at once, are kindled my compassions. Hosea 11:9 I cannot execute the glow of mine anger, I cannot turn to destroy Ephraim,for, GOD, am, I, and not man, When thou drawest near, [I am] a Holy One, though I do not enter a city. Hosea 11:10 After Yahweh, let them go, Like a lion, will he roar,When, he, shall roar, then let sons, come trembling, out of the West. Hosea 11:11 Let them come trembling like a small bird out of Egypt, and like a dove out of the land of Assyria,so will I cause them to dwell by their own houses, Declareth Yahweh. Hosea 11:12 They have compassed me aboutwith denial, Ephraim, with deceit, the house of Israel,but, Judah, hath, again and again, run riot with GOD, though, with the holy places, entrusted.