¶ When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out
2 As they called them, so they went from them: they sacrificed unto Baalim, and burned incense to graven images.
.3 I taught Ephraim also to go, taking them by their arms; but they knew not that I healed them.
.4 I drew them with cords of a man, with bands of love: and I was to them as they that take off the yoke on their jaws, and I laid meat unto them.
- Called my son Noted by Matthew as a prophecy about Christ
2 - By arms As keep children learnign to walk arekept from stumubling.
He shall not return into the land of Egypt, but the Assyrian shall be his
king, because they refused to return.
6 And the sword shall abide on his cities, and shall consume his branches, and devour them, because of their own counsels.
7 And my people are bent to backsliding from me: though they called them to the most High, none at all would exalt him.
|5 - Later the leaders and people of the Jewish nation would declare that only the ruler of Rome would be their king jn1915.|
¶ How shall I give thee up, Ephraim? how shall I deliver thee, Israel?
how shall I make thee as Admah? how shall I set thee as Zeboim? mine heart
is turned within me, my repentings are kindled together.
9 I will not execute the fierceness of mine anger, I will not return 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 city.
- Give thee up The loving God continues to plead for His
people. See je3120.
8 - Ephraim A term used for the Northern kingdom of Israel. We may often feel this way about our loved ones who are not following the Lord. We can pray but, if they are not in the kingdom, we will, one day, understand. We will see the records and know that they would not have been happy in the pure atmosphere of heaven. Compare ho0417.
8 - Admah ... Zeboim Cities destroyed with Sodom and Gomorrah.
| 10 They shall walk after
the LORD: he shall roar like a lion: when he shall roar, then the children
shall tremble from the west.
11 They shall tremble as a bird out of Egypt, and as a dove out of the land of Assyria: and I will place them in their houses, saith the LORD.
12 Ephraim compasseth me about with lies, and the house of Israel with deceit: but Judah yet ruleth with God, and is faithful with the saints.
- Roar like a lion "They shall discern the operations of
his providence, when ... He shall roar like a lion] When he shall utter
his majestic voice, Cyrus shall make his decree. The people shall trembleóbe
in a state of commotion; every one hurrying to avail himself of the opportunity
to return to his own land." (Clarke).
12 - Ephriam ... lies The bad state of the Northern Kingdom is compared to Judah, the Southern Kingdom. This verse is the first verse of the next chapter in the Hebrew Bible.