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Commentary On Hosea by Jean Calvin


1 When Israel was a child, then I loved him: And from Egypt I called my son. --

2 They called them; -- so they turned away from their presence; -- To Baalim they offered sacrifices, And to graven images they burnt incense.

3 And I, my walking was on foot, To raise up Ephraim by his arms: And they knew not that I healed them.

4 By the cords of man I drew them, by the chains of love: And I was to them as those who raise up the yoke on the cheeks; And I have extended meat to them.

5 They shall not return to the land of Egypt, Assur shall rule over them; For they have been unwilling to return:

6 And fall shall the sword on their cities, And destroy their bars; And it shall destroy on account of their counsels.

7 For my people are bent on defection from me; When to the Most High they call them, No one at all raises up himself.

8 How shall I set thee aside, Ephraim? Shall I deliver thee up, Israel? How shall I make thee as Sodom? Shall I set thee as Zeboim? Inverted within me is my heart, Rolled back again are my repentings:

9 I will not execute the fury of my wrath, I will not return to destroy Ephraim; For God am I, and not man, In the midst of thee, holy; -- And I will not enter the city.

10 After Jehovah shall they walk, And as a lion will he roar; When he shall roar, then dread shall children from the sea, --

11 They shall dread as a sparrow in Egypt, And as a dove in the land of Assur; And I will make them to dwell in their own houses, saith Jehovah.

12 Surrounded me hath Ephraim with falsehood; And with fraud, the house of Israel: But Judah as yet rules with his God; And together with the saints he is faithful.

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