Hosea 7:11

“Ephraim also is like a silly dove without heart: they call to Egypt, they go to Assyria.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Ephraim also is like a silly doue, without heart: they call to Egypt; they goe to Assyria.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

So Ephraim has become like a silly dove, without sense; They call to Egypt, they go to Assyria.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And Ephraim is like a silly dove, without understanding: they call unto Egypt, they go to Assyria.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And Ephraim is like a foolish dove, without wisdom; they send out their cry to Egypt, they go to Assyria.
- Basic English Bible

And Ephraim is become like a silly dove without understanding: they call to Egypt, they go to Assyria.
- Darby Bible

Ephraim also is like a silly dove without heart: they call to Egypt, they go to Assyria.
- Webster's Bible

Ephraim is like an easily deceived dove, without understanding. They call to Egypt. They go to Assyria.
- World English Bible

And Ephraim is as a simple dove without heart, Egypt they called on -- [to] Asshur they have gone.
- Youngs Literal Bible

And Ephraim is become like a silly dove, without understanding; they call unto Egypt, they go to Assyria.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Hosea 7:11


7:11 Like a silly dove - Ephraim is now become like the dove in weakness and fear, as well as in imprudence and liableness to be deceived. Without heart - Without either discretion or courage. To Assyria - Instead of going to God, who alone can help.


Discussion for Hosea 7

  • Erna
    I think that Israel had turned their backs on God and only seek him when they were in trouble and needed Him, and even then their cry for help did not come from their hearts, it was superficial. However, God was still there waiting on them to turn back to Him.
  • Timothy Wayne George
    Israel has committed sin, and God has not healed them. The thief cometh in, and the robbers spoileth without. God has said because of this he will remember all their iniquity. What a judgement, and they made their king happy with their wickedness. Also the princes with their lies. Pride testified to their face, and yet they did not return to the Lord. In the day of our king, the princes made him sick with bottles of wine. Ephraim is like a cake that is not turned. God is still patient with them, and giving them time to repent. Instead the acted like a silly dove, by calling to Egypt, and going to Assyria. It should be certain to them that only the Lord can help them now. Jesus said the thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy. Yet only Jesus can give life more abundantly. God wants us to learn from the mistakes that they committed by not doing the same thing, and bringing the judgement upon us. There must be a turning to God before the day of the Lord comes upon the whole world as a thief in the night.

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