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I loved him. Compare Jeremiah 2:2 .Malachi 1:2 .
called My son, &c. = called to My son. Reference to Pentateuch (Exodus 4:22 , Exodus 4:23 ). App-92 . Quoted in Matthew 2:15 .
they. The callers: i.e. the prophets, &c. who called to them.
them. The Septuagint and Syriac read "Me".
sacrificed = kept sacrificing. Compare Hosea 2:13 ; Hos 13:2 . 2 Kings 17:16 .
I taught, &c. Reference to Pentateuch (Deuteronomy 1:31 ; Deuteronomy 32:10 , Deuteronomy 32:11 , Deuteronomy 32:12 ). Compare Isaiah 46:3 .
go = walk. See Acts 13:18 margin
taking = I used to take.
I healed them. Reference to Pentateuch (Exodus 15:26 ).
I drew = I would draw.
man. Hebrew. 'adam. App-14 .
take off = lift up, or loosen: viz. the straps which hind the yoke to the neck.
I laid meat = holding out [food] to him I let him eat.
not. Connect this with Hosea 11:4 , for he is to return to Assyria (Hosea 8:13 ; Hosea 9:3 ).
shall be = he [became].
branches. Put by Figure of speech Metonymy (of Subject), App-6 , for "sons", as being the progeny and defenders.
bent to backsliding. Compare Hosea 4:16 .
though they called them, &c. = though they call upon the Most High.
Most High. Hebrew. 'al.
none at all would exalt Him = He shall not altogether lift them up.
How . . . ? Figures of speech Erotesis and Pathopoeia. App-6 .
Admah . . . Zeboim. Reference to Pentateuch (Genesis 10:19 ; Genesis 14:2 , Genesis 14:8 . Deuteronomy 29:23 ). App-92 . These places are not mentioned elsewhere.
repentings = compassions.
I am GOD, and not man. Figure of speech Pleonasm ( App-6 ): put both ways for emphasis. Reference to Pentateuch (Numbers 23:19 ). Compare Isaiah 55:8 , Isaiah 55:9 . Malachi 3:6 .
GOD. Hebrew. 'El. App-4 .
man. Hebrew. 'ish . App-14 .
in the midst = [will not come] into the midst. Reference to Pentateuch (Exodus 33:5 ). App-92 .
enter into = come against: i.e. as an enemy. The verse is not "nonsense", as alleged. The reference is to Hosea 11:8 .
the city: i.e. as I came against Sodom and Gomorrah.
walk after = return to. The Structure (p. 1215) shows that verses: Hosea 11:10 , Hosea 11:11 are not an "exilic insertion".
the LORD. Hebrew. Jehovah. App-4 .
He shall roar = [when] He shall summon them with a lion's roar.
children = sons [of Israel].
tremble = come, or hasten, trembling.
from the west. Compare Zechariah 8:7 .
in their houses. Compare Ezekiel 28:25 , Ezekiel 28:26 ; Ezekiel 37:21 , Ezekiel 37:25 .
Ephraim compasseth Me, &c. The Structure (p. 1221) shows the change of subject in Hosea 11:12 Hosea 12:8 , which is "incorrigibility". The chapters are badly divided here.
with deceit. See Isaiah 29:13 .Ezekiel 33:31 .Matthew 15:8 , Matthew 15:9 . Mark 7:6 , Mark 7:7 .
Judah yet ruleth, &c. Compare 2 Chronicles 13:10-12 .
with the saints = with the Holy One. Hebrew, plural; so used elsewhere. Compare Joshua 24:19 . Proverbs 30:3 .
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