Hosea 11:8-11

The Lord does not want to destroy Israel

8 ‘Ephraim, I do not want to forget about you.

11:8Ephraim was the Israelite kingdom in the north.

I do not want to give you to someone else.

I do not want to make you like Admah.

I do not want to make you like Zeboiim.

11:8Admah and Zeboiim were cities that were near Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 10:19). God destroyed Admah and Zeboiim when he destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19:24-25). That was when he was very angry.

My love for you will not let me do it!

My love for you is too strong.

9 I will not punish you any longer.

This is even when I am angry.

I will not destroy Israel again.

This is because I am God and not a man.

I am the Holy God and I am with you.

I will not show you that I am angry.

10 I will make a loud sound like a lion.

I will make a loud sound and my children will come.

They will follow me.

My children will come from the west.

They will be afraid when they come.

11 They will be like birds from Egypt.

They will be like birds from Assyria.

They will be afraid.

I will bring them back to their homes again.

I, the Lord, have spoken.’