(11:1) "When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt."|
Matthew (2:15) claims that the flight of Jesus'
family to Egypt is a fulfillment of this verse. But Hosea 11:1 is not a prophecy. It is a reference to the Hebrew exodus from Egypt and has nothing to do
with Jesus. Matthew tries to hide this fact by quoting only the last part of the
verse ("Out of Egypt I have called my son").
(11:3-5) "Ephraim ... shall not return into the land of Egypt."
Will Ephraim return to Egypt?
When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt.
As they called them, so they went from them: they sacrificed unto Baalim,
and burned incense to graven images.
I taught Ephraim
also to go, taking them by their arms; but they knew not that I healed them.
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.
He shall not return
into the land of Egypt, and the Assyrian shall be his king, because they
refused to return.||
And the sword shall abide on his cities, and shall consume his branches,
and devour them, because of their own counsels.||
(11:6) "The sword shall abide on his cities ... and devour them."
And my people are bent to backsliding from me: though they called them to
the most High, none at all would exalt him.||
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.||
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.||
They shall walk after the LORD: he shall roar
like a lion: when he shall roar, then the children shall tremble from
(11:10) "The LORD ... shall roar like a lion: when he shall roar,
then the children shall tremble from the west."
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.||
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.