1 When IsraelWhile the Israelites were in Egypt, and did not provoke my wrath by their malice and ingratitude.[was] a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt.
2 [As] they called them, so theyThey rebelled and went a contrary way when the Prophets called them to repentance.went from them: they sacrificed unto Baalim, and burned incense to graven images.
3 I ledde Ephraim also, as one shoulde beare them in his armes: but they knewe not that I healed them.
4 I drew them with cordsThat is, friendly, and not as beasts or slaves.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.
5 He shall not return into the land of Egypt, but the Assyrian shall be hisSeeing that they condemn all this kindness, they will be led captive into Assyria.king, because they refused to return.
6 And the sworde shall fall on his cities, and shall consume his barres, and deuoure them, because of their owne counsels.
7 And my people are bent to backsliding from me: thoughThat is, the Prophets.they called them to the most High, none at all would exalt [him].
8 God considers with himself, and that with a certain grief, how to punish them.How shall I give thee up, Ephraim? [how] shall I deliver thee, Israel? how shall I make thee asWhich were two of the cities that were destroyed with Sodom; (Deu_29:23).Admah? [how] shall I set thee as Zeboim? mine heart is turned within me,Meaning that his love with which he first loved them positioned him between doubt and assurance in terms of what to do: and in this appears his Fatherly affection, that his mercy toward his own will overcome his judgments, as he declares in the next verse.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 notTo consume you, but will cause you to yield, and so have mercy on you: and this is meant of the final number who will walk after the Lord.enter into the city.
10 They shall walke after the Lorde: he shall roare like a lyon: when hee shall roare, then the children of the West shall feare.
11 The Egyptians and the Assyrians will be afraid when the Lord maintains his people.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 withGoverns their state according to God's word, and does not degenerate.God, and is faithful with the saints.